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Research Position:

Title: Research Grant – BIM – Nº 025/2019- Datacenter resilience increase through fault tolerance in UPS systems (DRIFT)
Funding Reference Number: SAICT-45-2017-POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029112 - PTDC/EEI-EEE/29112/2017
Summary: A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação“) is opened at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Project DRIFT, financed by “Programa Operacional Temático Competitividade e Internacionalização” - FEDER and by “Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia” - OE. The work for this position is in the area of Power Electronics.
Scientific Area: Basic Sciences and Enabling Technologies
Group: Power Systems – Co
Admission Requirements: • M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering or equivalent with a grade point average no inferior to 14 out of 20, with a dissertation in Power Electronics. • Familiarity with Matlab/Simulink and Labview software and previous experience using power electronic converters of multilevel topology. • Knowledge about programming the FPGA of a CRio platform from National Instruments. • Self-motivation for scientific research and ability for teamwork.
Work Objectives: Investigate the possibility of increasing the resilience of datacenters, by proposing the use of fault-tolerant UPS systems, which offer higher reliability than conventional units and therefore improve the availability of the datacenter. The main tasks of this scholarship are: • Zedboard board programming control algorithms for UPS based on 3-level NPC converter topology. • Selection and programming ADCs for Zedboard. • Selection and programming digital platform for UPS interface • Experimental UPS testing for control algorithm verification
Applicable legislation: A fellowship will be celebrated according to the regulations defined by FCT, “Regulation of Instituto de Telecomunicações’ fellowships” and ” Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação”, according to Law no. 40/2004, dated August 18 (Status of Scientific Research Fellow), as amended and republished by Decree-Law No.202/2012 of August 27, and as amended by Decree-Law No.233/2012 of October 29 and by Law No.12/2013 of January 29, and Decree-Law No. 89/2013 of July 9, and also by Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P. Fellowship Regulation of Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P., approved by Regulation no. 234/2012, published in Series II of Diário da República of June 25 of 2012, amended and republished by Regulation no. 326/2013, published in Series II of Diário da República of July 27 of 2013 and amended by Regulation no. 339/2015, published in Series II of Diário da República of June 17 of 2015, and amended by Regulation nº137-A/2018, published in Series II of Diário da República of February 27 of 2018.
Place of work: The work will be developed at the premises of Instituto de Telecomunicações at Coimbra, under the supervision of Professor André Mendes.
Duration: 12 months with the possibility of renewal. Start date: 15st of November 2019 (or soon thereafter).
Monthly salary: 989,70 € (net), according to the table of grant amounts awarded directly by FCT for positions held in Portugal ( The payment will be made by bank transfer.
Selection criteria:
Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation  (25%)
Suitability of the candidates’ profile to the project based on the relevant work experience in the tasks described in the work plan  (35%)
Interview  (30%)
Fluency in oral and written English  (10%)
Candidates may be interviewed for clarification of any aspect related to the above criteria
The Jury has the right to not admit any of the candidates that applied for this position.
André Manuel dos Santos Mendes
Marina Perdigão
Sérgio Manuel Ângelo da Cruz
Communication of the results: Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, in Coimbra The selected candidate will be notified by email.
Required Documents: Cover letter explaining the interest in the position, detailed Curriculum Vitae with transcripts, Copy of the relevant certificates (Copy of the Degree Certificate). IMPORTANT NOTICE: If the selected candidate has a degree obtained outside Portugal, his degree must be certified in Portugal For more information see: Direcção-Geral do Ensino Superior (DGES):
Application Period: 08-10-2019 to 22-10-2019
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Published on: 25-09-2019