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Research Position:

Important note: This is a summarized English version of the full original announcement written in Portuguese, provided for the convenience of non-Portuguese speakers. Only the full Portuguese version has official value for the evaluation and selection process.
BI/ Nº003/2023 - (inWheel-IPT) - 2022.06192.PTDC
Funding Reference Number:
A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação”) is open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of project inWheel-IPT, inWheel Inductive Power Charging for Sustainable Mobility com Nr/Ref. 2022.06192.PTDC. This project is funded by FCT- Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.
Scientific Area:
Basic Sciences and Enabling Technologies
Power Systems – Co
Admission Requirements:
In what concerns the admission requirements for this research grant in particular: candidates must have a master degree in electrical engineering or related areas and be enrolled in a PhD program in electrical engineering or related areas and have skills in the area of power electronics, programming with Matlab/Simulink, software for designing printed circuit boards and FEA.
Work Objectives:
The objective of this project is to develop an inWIPT embedded system, adding a second coupling structure to a conventional IPT system. This approach eliminates the use of ring collectors and improves system robustness. However, the inclusion of a second magnetic coupling (A)M changes the intrinsic characteristics of the resonant circuit. The main objective of the work to be carried out during the scholarship is to validate the technical possibility of double coupling in the inWIPT concept, analyzing electric and magnetic circuits for the double coupling option using a demonstrator for proof of concept. The main objectives of the scholarship are with the four main stages of the project corresponding to: (i) Survey and inWIPT energy requirements, loading of positioning tolerances and compliance of errant magnetic fields with human exposure limits; (ii) Analytical derivation and modeling for selected resonant architectures controlled with voltage/current source capabilities; (iii) Magnetic modeling of different cylindrical geometries and inheritance of dimensioning guides; (iv) construction, implementation and validation of the inWIPT demonstrator.
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. Marina Perdigão.
6 months, with the possibility of renewal. Start date: 15st of April 2023 or soon thereafter.
Monthly salary:
1.199,64 € 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 (25%)
    The candidate will be selected based on their CV
  • C2 (35%)
    Demonstrated experience in tasks related to the work plan of this project
  • C3 (30%)
  • C4 (10%)
    Oral and written fluency in 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 25% + C2 x 35% + C3 x 30% + C4 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. Marina Mendes Sargento Domingues Perdigao, Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Sérgio Manuel Ângelo da Cruz, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. André Manuel dos Santos Mendes, Universidade de Coimbra
  • Prof. Vitor Manuel Mendes da Silva, 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).
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)

All the selection process is conducted through the IT web portal. No actions outside this platform are valid.
Application Period:
14-03-2023 to 27-03-2023
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