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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.
Characterization of Bioelectronic components - BII/ Nº015/2022
Funding Reference Number:
Verão com Ciência 2022
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Iniciação à Investigação”) is open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of project Verão com Ciência 22 with Nr/Ref. P-0001-IT-22. This project is funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.
Scientific Area:
Basic Sciences and Enabling Technologies
Organic Electronics - 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 be enrolled in a graduate (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) program in the areas of Electrical Engineering.
Work Objectives:
The student should become familiar with electrical techniques for monitoring the extracellular activity of populations of living cells maintained on top of sensing electrodes. Among the skills to be acquired, we highlight the following ones, (i) measurements of weak bioelectrical signals, (ii) electrical noise minimization techniques, (iii) impedance measurements as a function of frequency and interpretation of the impedance frequency response using equivalent electrical circuits.
The scholarship holder will be involved in two major activities, specifically:
1- Study how the interfacial layer present near the electrodes and known as the electrical double layer is responding to optical pulses. The electrical response from this interface can serve to electrically excite the cells. Different electrodes constructed with different types of materials will be evaluated with respect to electro-optical excitation in cell culture media.
2- Develop methods for the identification of patterns of bioelectronic communication in a population of biological cells. Identify how the active area and geometric shape of the electrode design influence the shape and amplitude (electrical power) of the measured signal.
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 Prof. Henrique Leonel Gomes
1 month, with no renewal. Start date: 1 of September 2022.
Monthly salary:
486,12 € 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 (60%)
    The global mark
  • C2 (30%)
    The number and marks of the curricular units considered relevant to the work plan
  • C3 (10%)
    Motivation letter

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 60% + C2 x 30% + 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. Henrique Leonel Gomes, Universidade de Coimbra (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Maria do Carmo Raposo de Medeiros, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. Vitor Manuel Mendes da Silva, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. André Manuel dos Santos Mendes, Universidade de Coimbra (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).
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:
13-07-2022 to 22-08-2022
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