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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.
BI/ Nº 017/2021 - SymBreak - Ref. UIDB/5008/2020
Funding Reference Number:
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação”) is open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of project SymBreak-Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Optics, with Nr/Ref. UIDB/5008/2020. This project is funded by FCT/MCTES through national funds and when applicable co-funded EU funds under the project UIDB/50008/2020.
Scientific Area:
Wireless Technologies
Antennas and Propagation – Co
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 possess a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Applied Physics or Physics Engineering, or equivalent course, with a grade point average not inferior to 14 out of 20. The candidates must be enrolled in a master program
Work Objectives:
Work Objectives: Symmetries and broken symmetries play important roles in physics. In particular, symmetries (such as rotational, reflection, and time-reversal symmetries) at the microscopic scale dictate the bulk response of materials and define the way electromagnetic waves propagate in the materials. Crucially, the breaking of these symmetries can lead to far richer physics. Engineered complex media (such as metamaterials) can open new routes in terms of breaking symmetries and controlling wave propagation, with a deep impact on a broad range of technologies, including wireless communications, biomedical sciences, laser technologies, energy harvesting, and computing. The applicant will take part in the SymBreak project ( The objective of the work is to investigate novel engineered systems with broken symmetries that may allow an unprecedented control of light. In particular, it will be investigated the wave propagation is systems based on drift-current biased high-mobility semiconductors (such as InSb) and/or graphene with broken time-reversal symmetry.
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 Coimbra, under the supervision of the Dr. Tiago A. Morgado, Dr. David E. Fernandes e Dr. Sylvain Lannebère.
6 months, with the possibility of renewal. Start date: 1 of January 2022 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 (50%)
    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

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 50% + C2 x 50%
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. Tiago André Nogueira Morgado, Instituto de Telecomunicações Coimbra (President of the jury)
  • Prof. David Emanuel Dias Fernandes, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. Sylvain Arnaud Lannebere, Instituto de Telecomunicações Coimbra
  • Prof. Mário Goncalo Mestre Verissimo Silveirinha, Instituto Superior Técnico (Substitute)
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:
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:
30-11-2021 to 16-12-2021
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