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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.
Research Grant – BIC nº 004/2021– Project -UIDB/50008/2020- Magnitude Modulated Signals Detection with Neural Networks
Funding Reference Number:
1 research position for a Research Grant (BIC - “Bolsa de Iniciação Científica“) is opened at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Project “Magnitude Modulated Signals Detection with Neural Networks”, funded by FCT/MCTES through national funds and when applicable co-funded EU funds under the project UIDB/EEA/50008/2020.
Scientific Area:
Information and Data Sciences
Multimedia Signal Processing – Co
Admission Requirements:
To be enrolled in a Bachelor’s (Licenciatura) or Master’s course on Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications, Informatics and Telecommunications engineering or related areas. Preference will be given to candidates having background on: Machine Learning and Neural Networks; Signal Processing; Digital Communications; C/C++/Matlab programming; evidence of self-motivation for scientific research and ability for teamwork.

Work Objectives:
Development and optimization of a simulator in Matlab of a neural network based demodulator for magnitude modulated QPSK/OQPSK signals
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), in its actual redaction, and also by Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P. Fellowship Regulation of Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia. For direct to the FCT RBI go to the following link (Reg. 950/2019, published in the DR of 16 December).
Place of work:
The work will be developed at the premises of Instituto de Telecomunicações at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Coimbra
6 months, with the possibility of renewal. Period maximum of grant is 1 year including the renewals (point 3., Art. 5 of RBI of the FCT) Start date: 1th April 2021 (or soon thereafter).
Monthly salary:
416,12 € (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:
  • C1 (70%)
    (a) Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation
  • C2 (20%)
    (b) Suitability of the candidates’ profile to the project based on the background‘s subjects of the project
  • C3 (10%)
    (c) Interview to the best three candidates upon evaluation of criterias (a)+(b

Candidates may be interviewed for clarification of any aspect related to the above criteria
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 70% + C2 x 20% + C3 x 10%
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.
  • Prof. Marco Alexandre Cravo Gomes, Universidade de Coimbra (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Vitor Manuel Mendes da Silva, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. Fernando Manuel Santos Perdigao, Universidade de Coimbra
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 detailed transcripts of academic records, copy of the relevant certificates, recommendation letter(s) if has any. Proof of registration and enrollment in a study cycle in the preferred areas

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):

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Application Period:
22-02-2021 to 08-03-2021
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