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Research Position:

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Research Grant - BI/Nº16 - 16/03/2021 - SafeFire
Funding Reference Number:
BI/Nº16 - 16/03/2021 - SafeFire
A research position for one Bolsa de Investigação para Mestre (1 BI Mestre) is opened at Instituto de Telecomunicações in the scope of the project SafeFire - Human and ambient monitoring integrated sensors in firefighter workwear for increase safety, funded by the applicable financial framework (FCT/MEC through national funds and when applicable co-funded by FEDER – PT2020 partnership agreement). The work is in the area of distributed physiological sensing using mobile and embedded technologies, with special emphasis on wearable multimodal devices.
Scientific Area:
Information and Data Sciences
Pattern and Image Analysis – Lx
Admission Requirements:
Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering or related areas; Strong knowledge in biosignal acquisition and recording, signal processing methodologies, and machine learning; Good programming skills preferably in Python and Flutter; Experience in mobile and embedded systems for physiological sensing, preferably using Raspberry Pi and Arduino-like systems for Respiration, Photoplethysmography (PPG), Electrocardiography (ECG), Electrodermal Activity (EDA), and Electroencephalography (EEG); Demonstrated ability to integrate multi-disciplinary teams; Good English writing skills; Self- motivation for scientific research
Work Objectives:
The general objective of this research is to work in the area of non-intrusive data acquisition and distributed monitoring using wearables and invisibles, with special emphasis on embedded systems programming, physiological signal acquisition, physiological signal processing, and machine learning for biomedical applications, namely involving: Respiration, Photoplethysmography (PPG), Pulse Oximetry (SpO2), and Electrocardiography (ECG) data; Development of supporting mobile software and embedded hardware tools; Laboratory and real-world benchmarking data acquisition; Systematic analysis and reporting of the main findings.
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, I.P. (Reg. nº 950/2019 de 16 de dezembro)
Place of work:
The work will be developed at the Instituto de Telecomunicações based at the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, under the supervision of Professor Ana Luisa Nobre Fred and Professor Hugo Silva
12 months, possibly renewed in the scope of this project or another that comes next with same propos. Start date: 01-05-2021 (or soon thereafter).
Monthly salary:
1.104.64€ (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 (40%)
    Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation
  • C2 (50%)
    Suitability of the candidates’ profile to the project based on the relevant work experience in the tasks described in the work plan
  • C3 (10%)
    Fluency in oral and written English

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 40% + C2 x 50% + 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. Paulo Luis Serras Lobato Correia, Instituto Superior Técnico (President of the jury)
  • Prof. André Filipe Torres Martins, UNBABEL
  • Prof. Mario Alexandre Teles de Figueiredo, Instituto Superior Técnico
  • Prof. Paulo Sergio de Brito Andre, Instituto Superior Técnico (Substitute)
Communication of the results:
Once the provisional ranked list of the evaluation results has been communicated, applicants have 10 business days to, if they wish, dispute the decision during the preliminary hearing phase, according to Articles no. 121 and the following of the Administrative Procedure Code (CPA).
The final decision will be disclosed after the analysis of the applicants’ arguments presented in the preliminary hearing. The final decision can be claimed within 15 business days or, alternatively, appealed within 30 business days, after the communication of the results, respectively. Applicants who choose to submit a claim should present their arguments to the member of the FCT Board of the Directors with the delegated competence. Applicants who prefer to submit an appeal should present their arguments to the FCT Board of Directors.
Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, at Lisbon. The selected candidate will be notified by email.
Apply online clicking on the “Apply Now” button in this form.
E-mail submissions are not accepted.
Required Documents:
Cover letter explaining the interest in the position;
Detailed Curriculum Vitae with transcripts;
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:
30-03-2021 to 13-04-2021
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