Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications

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 Scholarship-BI/ Nº010/2021- (VIEXPAND) – Nr. 46986
Funding Reference Number:
Project n. 46986 supported by CENTRO 2020 of PT2020, SI I&DT Aviso 17/SI/2019, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação”) is open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of project VIEXPAND: Vídeo Industrial para Visão Expandida em Operações à Distância, with Nr. 46986. This project, coordinated by Twevo, Lda and in partnership (co-promoção) with Instituto de Telecomunicações, is funded by CENTRO 2020 de PT2020, SI I&DT Aviso 17/SI/2019 through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Scientific Area:
Information and Data Sciences
Multimedia Signal Processing – Lr
Admission Requirements:
Research grants are intended:
- for students enrolled in a degree-conferring course to carry out R&D activities with the aim to consolidate their scientific training through the development of research work leading to the attainment of the respective academic degree or completion of the course (integrated or not in R&D projects).
- for students enrolled in courses that do not confer an academic degree but which are integrated in an educational project of a higher education institution and are developed in association or cooperation with one or several R&D units.

In what concerns the admission requirements for this research grant in particular: candidates must be enrolled in a master program in the areas of Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering.
Work Objectives:
This project aims to investigate algorithms and methods for processing and coding of visual information in industrial environments, integrated in remote surveillance and monitoring systems using specific hardware and wireless communications. The research work deals with industrial video content, acquired by a system with multiple cameras. The work plan includes research and development of computational methods for automatic identification of regions of interest in specific industrial case-studies and extraction of relevant features as part of a big data process within the context of industry 4.0. The research is focused on image and video processing algorithms, low-complexity machine learning approaches for visual identification and feature extraction of regions of interest and optimisation techniques for real-time image and video compression in hardware systems with limited resources.
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. 123/2019, dated August 28 (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 access 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 Delegação de Leiria, under the supervision of Profs. Pedro Assunção and Lino Ferreira.
12 months, with the possibility of renewal. Start date: October 18th, 2021 or soon thereafter.
Monthly salary:
835,98 € 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 (45%)
    a) Curriculum Vitae / Academic
  • C2 (30%)
    b) Previous experience of the candidates, that is relevant for the project tasks
  • C3 (5%)
    c) English level (written and oral)
  • C4 (20%)
    d) Interview

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 45% + C2 x 30% + C3 x 5% + C4 x 20%
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. Pedro Antonio Amado Assunção, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Lino Miguel Moreira Ferreira, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
  • Prof. Sérgio Manuel Maciel de Faria, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
  • Prof. Lucas Arrabal Thomaz, Instituto de Telecomunicações Coimbra (Substitute)
Communication of the results:
Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, in Coimbra and Leiria. The selected candidate will be notified by email.
Required Documents:
Motivation letter explaining the interest in the position, Detailed Curriculum Vitae with transcripts, degree certificate, and proof of enrollment in a higher education course. Apply online clicking on the “Apply Now” button in this form (link do Portal).
After the notification of the results, candidates have 10 working days if they wish to contest the decision.
E-mail submissions will not be considered. (The cover letter and the CV are mandatory documents in the online application platform)
NOTICE: Degrees obtained abroad are recognized by a Portuguese higher education institution under the terms of Decree-Law No. 66/2018, of August 16 and Ordinance No. 33/2019, of January 25. More information at:

All the selection process is conducted through the IT web portal. No actions outside this platform are valid.
Application Period:
06-09-2021 to 24-09-2021
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