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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 (“Bolsa de Investigação”) BI/ Nº 013/2021- PCIF/SSI/0194/2017– RESCuE-TOOL
Funding Reference Number:
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação”) is opened at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Project Radio coverage for emergency communication systems to operate under critical wildfire environments – TOOL (RESCuE-TOOL) with Nr/Ref. PCIF/SSI/0194/2017. This project is funded by FCT/MCTES. The work for this position is in the area of real-time radio coverage monitoring in emergency/catastrophe scenarios.
Scientific Area:
Wireless Technologies
Antennas and Propagation – 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 doctoral program in the areas of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering or Mobile Computing, or equivalent, with experience in developing mobile applications.
Work Objectives:
The work addresses the development of a simulation framework to provide real-time radio coverage monitoring in the presence of wildfires, to advise and alert the emergency ground forces for new and existing radio exclusion zones. This includes the development of radiowave propagation path loss models in vegetation media and in the presence of wildfires, including measurements in real-case scenarios.
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 Leiria / Lisbon, under the supervision of Prof. Rafael Ferreira da Silva Caldeirinha.
6 months, with the possibility of renewal. Start date: December 2021 or soon thereafter.
Monthly salary:
1104,64 € 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

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 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. Rafael Ferreira da Silva Caldeirinha, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Nuno Ricardo Cordeiro Leonor, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. Carlos Antonio Cardoso Fernandes, Instituto Superior Técnico
Communication of the results:
Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, in 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


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:
22-11-2021 to 07-12-2021
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