Research Field: Physics
Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline: 21/12/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
Location: Portugal › Braga
Type Of Contract: Temporary
Job Status: Full-time
Hours Per Week: 40
Bolseiro de Investigação / Research Associateship – Plasmonic Biosensing
with Graphene (Ref.11.21.51)
Research Centre: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory - INL
Location: Braga, Portugal
Research Field: Engineering Physics, Physics, solid state physics, Biophysics
Career Stage: MSc enrolled in academic or non-academic degree courses
Open date for applications: December 6th 2021
Closing Date for applications: December 21st 2021, 23:00 (Lisbon Time)
The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL
(https:// www. inl.int), is the first and only International Intergovernmental
Organisation in the world entirely focused on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
It was founded under an international legal framework to perform
interdisciplinary research, deploy and communicate nanotechnology for the
benefit of society. INL aims to be a recognised leading global nanotechnology
SR &TD project specifications: INL participates in the Scientific Research
and Technological Development project GRAPHSENS - Mid- and far-infrared
plasmonic biosensing with graphene, co-funded by the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) and National Funds through the Foundation for
Science and Technology (FCT):
(a) Name of the project : GRAPHSENS - Mid- and far-infrared plasmonic
biosensing with graphene.
(b) Reference number: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028114, PTDC/FIS-MAC/28114/2017
(c) Description: This project explores plasmons in graphene for a new
spectroscopic technique in the THz and the mid-IR. Graphene plasmons exist in
these spectral ranges in which noble-metal plasmons are not available. The
excitation of surface plasmons in graphene produces huge resonances in the
extinction spectrum of the material. These resonances amplify tremendously the
absorption signal due to molecules deposited on graphene and therefore can be
used as a tool for the spectral identification of small quantities of
analytes, down to a monolayer
(d) Scientific Area : Physics / Solid state physics
Description of the functions and key primary responsibilities: The
successful candidate will work on the tasks 4 and 5 of the SR&TD project, and
will be assigned the following working plan:
Grow by Chemical Vapor Deposition graphene mono crystals and transfer them
onto dielectric substrates.
Assist in the clean-room fabrication of graphene grids and gratings, made
of contrasting dielectric materials embedded in IR-transparent Si
Assist in the fabrication and operation of the microfluidic system that
controllably handles and delivers organic or biological molecules, as
required for the device operation.
Measure the plasmonic response of the system in the FT-IR system at INL,
modified to allow the application of a gate voltage to the graphene
Supervision: The work plan will be developed at the INL within the 2D
Materials and Devices Group under the scientific guidance of Pedro Alpuim.
Eligibility conditions, required qualifications and expertise: Candidates
must comply with the following requirements:
(a) To be enrolled in a Masters's course in Physics, Engineering Physics,
Materials Engineering, Biophysics programme or in a diploma offered by a
Portuguese higher education institution;
(b) Be a Portuguese citizen, a European Union citizen, or a non-European
Union Citizen residing in Portugal;
(c) Expertise and/or knowledge in
(d) Have a good knowledge of English/Fluency in English is required.
(e) Hold an academic degree (Master degree or equivalent) in any of the
following areas: Physics, Engineering Physics, Materials Engineering,
Biological Engineering, or similar;
(f) Be enrolled in a PhD programme or in a diploma offered by a higher
(g) Be a Portuguese citizen, a European Union citizen, or a non-European
Union Citizen residing in Portugal;
(h) Expertise and/or knowledge in Physics, Engineering Physics, Materials
Science and Engineering, Biophysics or related;
(e) Have a good knowledge of English/Fluency in English is required.
Candidates must enclose the following supporting documents in pdf format,
failing which the application will not be considered for evaluation:
(a) Cover letter;
(b) Curriculum Vitae;
(c) Official transcripts of all relevant academic degrees;
(d) Declaration issued by the Portuguese higher education institution at
which the Candidate is enrolled (in the PhD programme or diploma) accepting
that the activities to be developed at INL will be duly considered as part of
the work towards the PhD's degree or diploma and committing to enter into an
agreement with INL, detailing the terms and conditions for the collaboration,
if the candidate is selected (model to be provided by INL);
(e) Copy of identification document;
(f) For non-EU Citizens residing in Portugal, documental evidence attesting
the legal right to reside in Portugal.
Concerning paragraph (c) (‘official transcripts of all relevant academic
degrees'), please bear in mind that academic degrees or diplomas awarded by
higher education institutions outside Portugal must be recognised according to
the Portuguese legal framework, as this is a mandatory requirement for
accessing Portuguese public funds for research, technology and innovation.
Candidates will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Curriculum vitae: 50%
The selection of candidates will be carried out by a Selection Committee
consisting of the following persons:
1) Dr. Pedro Alpuim
2) Dr. Alexandre Chícharo
3) Dr. Jérôme Borme
4) Patrícia Oliveira - Human Resources
The evaluation process will follow a four-stage process:
Candidate eligibility check:
Only full applications will be considered for evaluation. The applicant will
be responsible for the data submission and validation. The application
language is English.
Applicants must meet the eligibility conditions provided in article 9 of the
FCT Research I.P Scholarship Regulation (2019).
Candidates who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be included
in the CV evaluation.
Curriculum Vitae evaluation:
The top four ranked candidates will be shortlisted for interview, provided
however that they pass the thresholds for this stage. The threshold for the
curriculum vitae evaluation, is 70% of the possible score (i.e., 35).
Candidates who do not pass the threshold will be excluded from the evaluation
Interview(s) and final assessment:
Interviews will be conducted through telephone, web conference or face-to-face
meetings, as may be deemed appropriate. A formal report will be issued by the
selection committee recommending the selected candidate ranking candidates in
order of preference.
Approval and formal offer
If your application results successful, you will be offered a contract of
How to apply
The application is made online. Please click on the 'Apply for this job'
For the application to be valid, the candidate must complete all required
sections of the online application form as well as submit all required
What we offer
The successful Candidate will have the status of associated member of the
personnel and will be awarded a contract of association with the INL.
Taking into account that the SR&TD project is co-funded by the Fundação para a
Ciência e a Tecnologia (‘FCT') and FEDER, the successful candidate shall
also have the status of ´Bolseiro de Investigação` (‘B.I.') under the
applicable regulations of the FCT.
Duration of the contract
The initial duration of the contract shall be 6 months and the contract may be
extended, based on the performance of the candidate and the duration of the
project, within the limits of the following thresholds:
(a) 1 year, if the candidate is a holder of a Master degree (or
equivalent) and is enrolled in a diploma offered by higher education
(b) 4 years, if the candidate is enrolled in a PhD programme.
In the situations referred to in paragraph (a), candidates must under no
circumstances benefit from this type of public funding for a total accrued
period of more than 2 years, consecutive or otherwise.
If the PhD degree or the diploma is awarded during the term of contract, the
contract may continue in full force if so, and to the extent, authorised by
The expected starting date is January 2022.
An associated member of the personnel selected and hosted in the framework
SR&TD projects funded by the FCT shall be entitled to a monthly subsistence
allowance in the amount of € 1 104,64. This shall be without prejudice to
possible increases that may be applied in accordance with the legal framework
applicable to SR&TD Projects.
The INL will provide insurance cover on behalf of the associated member of the
personnel against professional accidents to the extent and for the period of
association with the Organisation.
Social Insurance cover of associated members of the personnel will be the
responsibility of the associated member of the personnel. However the
foregoing, in the event the associated member of the personnel joins the
Portuguese Voluntary Social Insurance system under the terms laid down in the
Portuguese Statute for Research Grant Holders, the Organisation will take on
the costs provided for in said Statute.
Applicable legal and regulatory framework, taking into consideration the
international status of the Organisation
The contract of association with the associated member of the personnel will
be subject to the INL Staff Rules and regulations, as well as other relevant
The contract of Association shall also be supplemented by the terms and
conditions of the Grant Agreement between the Organisation and the FCT
governing the implementation of the SR&TD project.
Notification of results
A ranking list, after final evaluation, will be organized being the chosen
candidate notified via e-mail.
. If the first candidate refuses the offer, the Human Resources will send an
offer to the second candidate on the ranking, and so on until the vacancy is
filled. We highly value the interest shown from applicants wishing to become a
part of the INL experience. It is important for us to maintain good
communications with candidates. No matter the outcome of the application, we
always send the applicant an answer.
Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle
INL is an equal opportunity organisation, committed to providing equal career
opportunities and firmly adheres to a principle of non-discrimination in
respect of gender, age, nationality, racial group, or any other possible
Applicants can receive support regarding applications to this positions via
Department: Human Resources - INL
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