Call For Research Fellowship_Valu3S_780693

Universities and Institutes of Portugal


December 21, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: Universidade de Coimbra
  • Research Field: Engineering › Biomedical engineering Engineering › Computer engineering Other
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 21/12/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
  • Location: Portugal › Coimbra
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Offer Starting Date: 15/01/2022
  • Eu Research Framework Programme: H2020
  • Reference Number: H2020-ECSEL-2019-2-RIA (co-financed by FCT - ECSEL/0017/2019)

    University of Coimbra opens a call for 1 (one) research fellowship, in the framework of the R&D project “VALU3S - Verification and Validation of Automated Systems' Safety and Security” (references: ECSEL/0017/2019 and 876852-ECSEL-RIA-VALU3S), financed by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P./MCTES through national funds (PIDDAC) and funding from the ECSEL Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 876852. The JU receives support from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Sweden, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Ireland, France and Turkey, in the following conditions:

    Scientific area: Biomedical Engineering, Informatics Engineering or similar.

    Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: Bachelor's Degree (Licenciatura) in Informatics Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or similar enrolled in a Master Course in Informatics Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or similar or enrolled in a Course not conferring an academic degree.

    “Courses not conferring an academic degree” must be related to the research fellowship's activity type. “Courses not conferring an academic degree” are the courses referred to in paragraph e) of number 3 of article 4 of Decree- Law no. 74/2006, of 24 March, in the current wording, provided that they are developed in association or cooperation between the higher education institution and one or more R&D units, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph e) of article 3 of the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.

    Although the recipients must be enrolled in a cycle of studies leading to the attribution of an academic degree or in a course not conferring an academic degree, at the time of application it is not necessary for the candidate to have made such an enrollment, and proof of enrollment must be presented until the fellowship is contractualized. Candidates are only required to meet the requirements to enroll in the training offer. If there are candidates already enrolled (including attending a course), they compete on an equal footing with those who are not enrolled.

    Work plan/ Objectives:


    - Develop an intelligent biofeedback tool to support learning and training of different topics.

    - Test and evaluate the tool for the specific context of learning English as a foreign language and/or learning a programming language (Python).

    - Write a research paper describing the tool and the evaluation performed for the selected specific scenario (learning English as a foreign language and/or learning a programming language).

    Work Plan:

    T1 (M1): State of the art on relevant biofeedback and on artificial intelligence techniques.

    T2 (M2): Adapt/develop the interfaces with the non-intrusive sensors used by the tool, namely eye tracker, sensors for HRV (heart rate variability), and EDA (electrodermal activity).

    T3 (M2-M4): Rapid prototyping and preliminary design of the too.

    T4 (M5-M6): Writing the Intermediate reportl.

    Regime: The attribution of the fellowship does not generate or entitle a relation of a legal-labour nature, and the fellowship is undertaken in an exclusive dedication regime. The fellowship holder is awarded the Fellowship Statute of the UC, in its current wording, according to the Research Fellowship Holder Statute , and according to the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., both in their current wording.

    Location: Informatics Engineering Department of Faculty of Sciences and Technology at the University of Coimbra.

    Duration: 6 (six) months.

    Renewal: With the possibility of renewal.

    Scientific orientation: Professor Doutor Henrique Santos do Carmo Madeira.

    Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 835,98 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (https: // www., plus social security (Seguro Social Voluntário, first level contributions) and personal accidents insurance. The payment will be made by bank transfer. This amount will not be increased during the entire period of the fellowship duration.

    Selection methods: CV Analysis (60%) and Interview (40%).

    Selection criteria:

    The evaluation of the CV (60%) will focus on:

    Bachelor's Degree Average (30%);

    Academic Achievement in the area related with the Work Plan (30%);

    The evaluation of the interview (40%) will focus on:

    Interest in research in the area of the Work Plan (15%)

    English Knowledge (15%)

    Motivation (10%).

    Jury responsible for selection: Professor Doutor Henrique Santos do Carmo Madeira, Professor Doutor Paulo Fernando Pereira de Carvalho and Professor Doutor Carlos Nuno Bizarro e Silva Laranjeiro.

    Formalization of application:

    Applications must be performed by sending the following mandatory elements:

    1. Detailed curriculum vitae including top publications;

    2. Bachelor's Degree Certificate with the list of grades obtained;

    3. Proof of enrolment in a Master's Course or in a Course not conferring an academic degree (or enrollment intention before the contract start date);

    4. Declaration mentioned below.

    Declaration on the honor of the candidate(s) with the indication of the fellowship(s) of the typology to which the contest was held and the respective duration(s).

    Applicants with academic degrees obtained abroad will be required to present a Certificate of Recognition in accordance with applicable law. This document is mandatory only in the contractualization phase.

    Applications submission: Applications should be sent by e-mail to and, clearly indicating the reference "VALU3S-780693".

    Submission of applications: Between 07/12/2021 and 21/12/2021.

    Submission deadline date: 21/12/2021.

    Additional information: The evaluation results will be announced within 90 working days after the end of the applications submission deadline, by notifying the applicants via email. After the announcement of the results, candidates are considered automatically notified to, if they wish to do so, comment on the results on a preliminary hearing period within 10 days after that date. After this, the selected candidates will have to declare in writing their acceptance. Unless a justification worthy of consideration is presented, if the declaration is not submitted within the referred period, it is considered that the candidate waivers the fellowship. In case of resignation or withdrawal of the selected candidate, the next candidate with the highest evaluation score will be notified immediately.

    Once the selection process is completed, the fellowship contract will be drawn up in accordance with the draft contract provided by the FCT.

    After the contracted period, the fellowship holder and supervisor must prepare the final report in accordance with the respective assessment criteria that were established.

    Selection reserve list: N/a

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    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Universidade de Coimbra
  • Department: Divisão de Projetos e Atividades (Bolsas)
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https: // www.
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  • Country: Portugal
  • City: Coimbra
  • Street: Rua Larga