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Research Position:

Note: This is a free translation of the original announcement written in Portuguese, provided only for convenience of non-Portuguese speakers. Only the Portuguese version has official value.
Title:
Open Notice for PhD Research Scholarship
Funding Reference Number:
UIDB/50008/2020
Summary:
The Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) opens a call for 2 (two) research grants, hereinafter referred to as a PhD Research Grant, in the areas of Electrical Engineering / Computer Engineering / Mathematics, in compliance with the FCT Research Grants Regulation and Fellowships (RBI) and the Research Fellowship Holder Statute (EBI).
The scholarships will be financed by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) under the Collaboration Protocol for the Financing the Multiannual Plan for Research Grants for Doctoral Students, signed between FCT and the Research & Development (R&D) Unit Instituto de Telecomunicações UIDB/50008/2020.
Scientific Area:
Group:
Admission Requirements:
The PhD research grant aims to finance the research activities, by the grant holder, to obtain a PhD degree from the University of Aveiro. These research activities will take place at the Instituto de Telecomunicações of Aveiro, which will be the host institution for the scholarship holders, without prejudice to the work that may be carried out in collaboration with more than one institution.
The research activities of the selected grant holder leading to the PhD academic degree must be framed in the activities plan and strategy of the Instituto de Telecomunicações, and must be developed within the scope of the following Doctoral Programs:
- Doctoral Program in Electrical Engineering, University of Aveiro.
- Doctoral Program in Telecommunications- MAP-Tele, University of Aveiro, University of Minho, University of Porto
- Doctoral Program in Computer Engineering, University of Aveiro.
- Doctoral Program in Computer Science – MAP-i, University of Aveiro, University of Minho, University of Porto
- Doctoral Program in Physical Engineering, University of Aveiro.
- Doctoral Program in Physics - MAP-Fis, University of Aveiro, University of Minho, University of Porto
- Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Aveiro.
- Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro.
- Doctoral Program in Mathematics, University de Aveiro.
- Doctoral Program in Applied Mathematics, University de Aveiro.
To apply for the PhD scholarship, the candidate must:
• Be a bachelor or master in the scientific area required for the research grant or in related areas, with a minimum grade of 14. In the case of holders of a bachelor's degree, it is necessary to present a statement attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the scientific council of the organic unit in which they intend to be admitted;
• Not having benefited from a prior PhD grant or a PhD in industry grant directly funded by FCT, regardless of its duration;

Work Objectives:
The work plan must fall strictly within the scientific areas defined in Section 3. It must be in line with the mission of Instituto de Telecomunicações, contribute to the development of its R&D strategic plan, and must be supported and supervised by one of IT-Aveiro’s doctoral members (https://www.it.pt/ITSites/Members/3 ). The work plan document must contain, necessarily, all the elements indicated in Section 4.2 of this notice.
3. RECIPIENTS
The PhD grants are aimed at applicants enrolled or that comply with the requirements to enroll in the Doctoral Program contained in point 2 of this Notice and who wish to develop research activities towards the achievement of the doctoral degree at Instituto de Telecomunicações of Aveiro. The work must fall under one of the following areas:
• Radio technologies;
• Optics and Photonics;
• Networks and Services;
• Information and Data Science;
• Basic Sciences to Support Information and Communication Technologies.
4.2 Application’s admissibility requirements
It is mandatory, under penalty of non-admissibility, that the candidate attaches the following documents to the application:
• Information of the identity card / citizen card / passport;
• Updated version of the Curriculum Vitae (CV);
• Work plan to be developed, with the following mandatory elements: title; abstract; key words; state-of-the-art; research problems, questions and objectives; work plan; detailed schedule and execution indicators; framework and relevance to the research activities plan of the Instituto de Telecomunicações; references (maximum of seven pages);
• An opinion and statement of agreement from the supervisor and eventual co-supervisor (s) appointed to monitor the candidate's activity. The supervisor must be PhD holder and a member of the Instituto de Telecomunicações of Aveiro;
• Full course transcripts and academic degree certificates, indicating the final grade and, if possible, the final classification of the completed disciplines. If the certificates cannot be presented by the end of the application period, the candidate must upload a signed declaration of honour stating that the candidate will complete the bachelor's or master's degree by the date of contract signature during September, 2020. Failure to produce the certificates by this date eliminates the candidate.
• Registration of the recognition of foreign academic degrees awarded by foreign higher education institutions, and registration of the conversion of the respective final grade to the Portuguese grading scale, or, alternatively, the candidate's declaration of honor confirming that he will obtain the recognition of the foreign degree equivalent to that of a bachelor or master by the contract signature date stated above;
• Motivation letter;
• Present/prepare and submit the application and all related documents, including motivational letter, in Portuguese or in English.
Regarding the admissibility requirements mentioned above, the following should be noted:

• In the case of foreign academic degrees, and to guarantee the application of the principle of equal treatment among applicants with national and foreign academic degrees, it is mandatory to submit the recognition of foreign degrees and the conversion of the respective final grade to the Portuguese grading scale.
The recognition of foreign academic degrees and diplomas, and the conversion of the respective final grade to the Portuguese grading scale, can be issued by any Portuguese public higher education institution, or in case of automatic recognition by the Directorate General for Higher Education (Direção Geral do Ensino Superior, DGES). Regarding this matter, it is suggested to visit the DGES portal through the following address: http://www.dges.gov.pt.
• Applicants will be admitted only if they have completed the study cycle leading to a bachelor's or master's degree by the end of the application period and have uploaded the certificates of completion of the course. Candidates will be admitted also if they upload a declaration of honor stating that they will have completed the necessary qualifications for the purposes of the competition by the end of the contract signature date stated above. The granting of the scholarship always depends on the presentation of proof of holding the academic qualifications necessary for granting the scholarship.

Applicable legislation:
The present call is governed by this Notice, the FCT Regulation of Research Fellowships, approved by the Regulation no. 950/2019, published in the Series II of the DR, of 16th December, by the Research Fellowship Holder Statute, approved by the Law no. 40/2004, of 18th of August, in its current version, and by other applicable national and European legislation.
Place of work:
These research activities will take place at the Instituto de Telecomunicações of Aveiro, which will be the host institution for the scholarship holders, without prejudice to the work that may be carried out in collaboration with more than one institution.
Duration:
As a rule, the duration of the grant is annual, renewable up to a maximum of four years (48 months), and the grant cannot be awarded for a period of less than 3 consecutive months.
Monthly salary:
12. SCHOLARSHIP ALLOWANCE
Scholarship holders receive a monthly maintenance allowance in accordance with the table in Annex I of the RBI.
The scholarship may include additional allowances, according to RBI’s Article no. 18 and the values indicated in its Annex II.
All scholarship holders have a personal accident insurance related to their research activities, which FCT will support.
All scholarship holders who do not benefit from any social protection regime have the right to social security through the voluntary social insurance regime, under the terms of the Contributory Scheme of the Social Security System. FCT will ensure the charges resulting from contributions under the terms and with the limits provided in Article no. 10 of the EBI.
13. PAYMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP ALLOWANCE
Payments due to the scholarship holder are made by bank transfer to the respective indicated account. The monthly maintenance allowance is paid on the first business day of each month.
Registration, enrollment or tuition fees components are paid by FCT directly to the national institution where the scholarship holder is enrolled in the PhD.

Selection criteria:
  • C1 (60%)
    Merit of the Applicant, decomposed into three sub-criteria:

    o Sub-criterion A1 - Academic career in the area of the work plan
    - Sub-criterion A11 - Bachelor’s final mark (0-20 scale)
    - Sub-criterion A12 - Masters’ final mark (0-20 scale)

    o Sub-criterion A2 - Personal curriculum in the area of the work plan

    o Sub-criterion A3 – Motivation letter
  • C2 (10%)
    Merit of the Work Plan

    o B1 – Scientific quality

    o B2 – Relevance of the work plan for the strategic plan of IT (Instituto de Telecomunicações)
  • C3 (30%)
    Scientific merit of the supervising team.

Each criteria, and the final classification F will be evaluated in a scale (0-20). The candidates will be ordered according to:
F = C1 x 60% + C2 x 10% + C3 x 30%
In case of a tie, the tied candidates will be ordered according to C1, then C2...
The Jury has the right to not admit any of the candidates that applied for this position whenever they consider that no candidate meets the minimum requirements for the position.
Jury:
  • Prof. José Carlos Esteves Duarte Pedro, Universidade de Aveiro (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Francisco Manuel Marques Fontes, Altice Labs
  • Prof. Armando José Formoso de Pinho, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Aveiro
  • Prof. José Carlos da Silva Neves, Universidade de Aveiro
  • Prof. José Rodrigues Ferreira da Rocha, Universidade de Aveiro
  • Prof. Beatriz Sousa Santos, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Aveiro (Substitute)
Communication of the results:
DISCLOSURE OF THE RESULTS
The results of the evaluation are communicated via e-mail to the e-mail address used by the applicant to create the application account in the Instituto de Telecomunicações web system.
Required Documents:
4.2 Application’s admissibility requirements
It is mandatory, under penalty of non-admissibility, that the candidate attaches the following documents to the application:
• Information of the identity card / citizen card / passport;
• Updated version of the Curriculum Vitae (CV);
• Work plan to be developed, with the following mandatory elements: title; abstract; key words; state-of-the-art; research problems, questions and objectives; work plan; detailed schedule and execution indicators; framework and relevance to the research activities plan of the Instituto de Telecomunicações; references (maximum of seven pages);
• An opinion and statement of agreement from the supervisor and eventual co-supervisor (s) appointed to monitor the candidate's activity. The supervisor must be PhD holder and a member of the Instituto de Telecomunicações of Aveiro;
• Full course transcripts and academic degree certificates, indicating the final grade and, if possible, the final classification of the completed disciplines. If the certificates cannot be presented by the end of the application period, the candidate must upload a signed declaration of honour stating that the candidate will complete the bachelor's or master's degree by the date of contract signature during September, 2020. Failure to produce the certificates by this date eliminates the candidate.
• Registration of the recognition of foreign academic degrees awarded by foreign higher education institutions, and registration of the conversion of the respective final grade to the Portuguese grading scale, or, alternatively, the candidate's declaration of honor confirming that he will obtain the recognition of the foreign degree equivalent to that of a bachelor or master by the contract signature date stated above;
• Motivation letter;
• Present/prepare and submit the application and all related documents, including motivational letter, in Portuguese or in English.
Regarding the admissibility requirements mentioned above, the following should be noted:

• In the case of foreign academic degrees, and to guarantee the application of the principle of equal treatment among applicants with national and foreign academic degrees, it is mandatory to submit the recognition of foreign degrees and the conversion of the respective final grade to the Portuguese grading scale.
The recognition of foreign academic degrees and diplomas, and the conversion of the respective final grade to the Portuguese grading scale, can be issued by any Portuguese public higher education institution, or in case of automatic recognition by the Directorate General for Higher Education (Direção Geral do Ensino Superior, DGES). Regarding this matter, it is suggested to visit the DGES portal through the following address: http://www.dges.gov.pt.
• Applicants will be admitted only if they have completed the study cycle leading to a bachelor's or master's degree by the end of the application period and have uploaded the certificates of completion of the course. Candidates will be admitted also if they upload a declaration of honor stating that they will have completed the necessary qualifications for the purposes of the competition by the end of the contract signature date stated above. The granting of the scholarship always depends on the presentation of proof of holding the academic qualifications necessary for granting the scholarship.

All the selection process is conducted through the IT web portal. No actions outside this platform are valid.
Application Period:
04-11-2020 to 02-12-2020
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Published on:
21-10-2020