Bolseiro De Investigação / Research Associateship – Plasmonic Biosensing With Graphene

Universities and Institutes of Portugal


December 21, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: INL
  • 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., 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 innovation hub.

    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 substrates.
  • 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 sensor.
  • 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 education institution;

    (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.

    Supporting Documents

    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.

    Selection Criteria

    Candidates will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Curriculum vitae: 50%
  • Interview(s): 50%
  • Selection Committee

    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

    Evaluation process

    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 process.

  • 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 association.

    How to apply

    The application is made online. Please click on the 'Apply for this job' button below.

    For the application to be valid, the candidate must complete all required sections of the online application form as well as submit all required documents.

    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 institution; or

    (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 FCT.

    The expected starting date is January 2022.

    Financial Benefits

    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 procedures.

    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 discriminatory issues.


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    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: INL
  • Department: Human Resources - INL
  • Organisation Type: Research Laboratory
  • Website: https://
  • Country: Portugal
  • City: Braga
  • Postal Code: 4715-330
  • Street: Av. Mestre José Veiga, S/N