Draft Announcement For The Award Of A Research Fellowship/Ipc/Sifa/Mcn/52/2021_Bi; 1 Vacancy

Universities and Institutes of Portugal


September 28, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: University of Minho
  • Research Field: Engineering › Materials engineering
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 28/09/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
  • Location: Portugal › Guimarães
  • Type Of Contract: Other
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Reference Number: IPC/SIFA/MCN/52/2021BI; 1 vacancy

    Title: IPC/SIFA/MCN/52/2021BI; 1 vacancy

    It is now open a call for applications for a Research fellowship in the framework of the project SIFA - Sistema Inteligente de Fabricação Aditiva - POCI-01-0247-FEDER-047108, co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds in the FEDER component, through the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Internationalization (POCI) in the framework of the Programme “Portugal 2020”, under the following conditions:

    1.Scientific Area: Science and Engineering of Polymers and Composites

    2.Recipient category: Students enrolled in a PhD program or in non-academic degree courses integrated into the educational project of the institution, developed in association or cooperation with one or more R&D units.

    Requirement for granting the fellowship:

  • The applicants may apply without prior registration in the course for which the fellowship is open. The requirement to enrol in a degree course or non-academic degree course will be verified on the date of contracting the fellowship;
  • Only fellowships whose selected applicants present a valid proof of enrolment in a degree course or non-academic degree course will be contracted, according to the type of the fellowship, issued by the academic services of the Higher Education Institution, indicating, respectively, the academic year or its duration (star and term).
  • Enrolment in non-certified courses (without curricular units) will not be considered as proof of enrolment.
  • Candidates profile: Candidates with a master's degree in Polymer, Materials, Mechanical, Physics Engineering or Applied Mathematics or similar, with a strong background in rheology, computational rheology, additive manufacturing, and skills on the programming of the OpenFOAM computational library.

    3.Applicants eligibility: Applicants must comply with the eligibility conditions laid down in article 9 of the Research Grants Regulation of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2019).

    4.Workplan and objectives to be achieved: The work plan to be developed is part of Activity A3 of the project “Research of new concepts in Additive Manufacturing systems”. which integrates the development and assessment of computational codes to model the fabrication and structural behavior of components produced by additive manufacturing (power bed and material extrusion), of metallic, polymeric and ceramic/cementitious materials

    5.Applicable legislation and regulations: Research Fellowship Holder Statutes, approved by Law no. 40/2004 of August 18, in its current version published by Decree-Law no. 123/2019 of august 28; Regulation of Scientific Research Fellowships of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in “Diário da República”, 2nd serie, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021 and Regulation of Research Studentships and Fellowships (RBI) of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. - in force.

    6.Host/Contracting institution and scientific supervision: The workplan will be carried out at the Institute for Polymers and Composites of the University of Minho, under the scientific supervision of Professor João Miguel Nóbrega

    7.Fellowship duration: The scholarship will last for 3 months, is planned to begin on October 2021. The scholarship contract may eventually be renewed, under the Regulation of Research Fellowships and Grants, up to the project execution limit.

    8.Amount of the research grant: The value stipend (Monthly Maintenance Allowance) is 1104,64 euros per month, in accordance with the stipends values published by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT I.P.) in the country (Annex I – Monthly Stipends Values for the maintenance allowances of the FCT Regulation for Research Studentships and Fellowships) and Annex II of the Regulation of Scientific Research Fellowships of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in “Diário da República”, 2nd serie, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021, according to the applicable regulation.

    Payment is made on the 23rd of each month, through bank transfer to the Bank Identification Number of the fellow identified in the contractualization process.

    Other benefits: Reimbursement of Voluntary Social Security (Social Security contributions), corresponding to the 1st level of discounts (for research grants with a total duration 6 months or higher) and personal accident insurance.

    Exclusivity regime: The grantee will perform the activities under exclusivity, as foreseen in article 5º of the Research Fellow Statutes and applicable regulations.

    9.Selection panel: The selection panel is composed by the president, Professor António Pontes, by the effective members Professors João Miguel Nóbrega and Ana Vera Machado and by the substitute members Professor Olga Sousa Carneiro and Fernando Moura Duarte.

    The first effective member will substitute the President of the selection panel in case of impediment, being nominate the first substitute member in the place of the first effective member.

    10.Criteria and procedures for applications assessment and selection: The applications assessment will focus on the candidate's Merit, following evaluation criteria, valued on a scale of 1 to 5 values:

    Applicant Merit - AM (100%):

  • Academic path (considering the classifications of academic degrees), with a weighting of 30%;
  • Proven experience in the indicated areas, with a weighting of 40%
  • Interview, with a weighting of 30%.
  • The final classification of the applicant's merit with the achieved through the following formula:


    The academic degrees and diplomas documents, or their respective recognition when awarded by foreign higher education institutions are not mandatory in the application phase, being replaced by a declaration of honor of the candidate with the contents of academic results. The documents of academic qualification or respective recognition will be required in the contracting phase and must attest facts that occurred on a date prior to the application. In situations of divergence between the information contained in the declaration and the documentation submitted for contracting the grant, only the information contained in the latter will be consider. If the documents proving the ownership of the academic degree and diploma, or the respective recognition under the terms of Decree-Law No. 66/2018, of August 16, do not correspond to the classifications awarded in the evaluation of the academic path, which can change the candidate's ranking, the fellowship won't be contracted.

    Notes: Applicants with degrees obtained abroad must present proof of recognition of qualifications in Portugal and conversion of the final classification obtained in them to the Portuguese classification scale or declaration under the terms indicated in the previous point. Candidates who do not comply with one of these provisions, the selection panel will assign “0” in the grade of the graduation and/or master course. Candidates will be evaluated on the remaining parameters.

    11.Disclosure of results: The provisional results of applications, based in the selection panel minutes, will be send to the applicants by email until 90 working days from the applications deadline.

    If case of unfavourable results, the candidates have a period of 10 working days to comment, if desired, in a prior hearing to interested parties, pursuant to articles 121 and 122 of the Code of Administrative Procedure (DL no. 4 / 2015 of January 7th).

    12.Complaint and appeal procedures: The final results of the evaluation will be published through an ordered list by the final grade obtained, posted in a visible and public place of the host unit, as well as by email to all applicants, enclosing for that purpose, the minutes of the jury deliberations.

    The selected candidate must inform its willingness to accept the grant, in writing. In case of rejection, the fellowship will be awarded to the next candidate in the ordered list of applicants.

    The final decision can be contested within 15 working days, by sending to the President of the jury the corresponding claim. Interested parties may also submit an optional hierarchical appeal, addressed to the Pro-Rector for Research and Projects, Professor Filipe Vaz.

    13.Application deadline and submission: The call for applications is open from 15th to 28th of September 2021

    Applications must be formalized by sending an application letter with the following documents: curriculum vitae; qualifications certificate or declaration of the applicant; motivation letter; statement proving that meets the conditions for the grant typology, according to the application requirements; other documents important to the evaluation process).

    Applications must be sent by email to mnobrega@dep.uminho.pt, indicating the application/fellowship reference in the e-mail Subject. Applications submitted by other means will not be accepted.

    Opening notice in portuguese language: https: // 1drv.ms/b/s!AorY4KEHg3PngQVgEVDAW4UX2pBE

    14.Fellowship contractualization: The fellowship will be attributed by signing a fellowship contract between the University of Minho and the fellow, accordingly with the contract minute (annex IV of the Regulation of Research Fellowships of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in Diário da República, 2nd Série, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021, as indicated in 2.4 of the FCT document: “Rules for Granting and Management of Grants within the scope of R&D projects, including infrastructure projects, the multi-annual financing program for R&D units and other FCT financing instruments (Version 2021)”.

    The contract may only be concluded after all the documentation required is collected, which must take place within a maximum period of 6 months.

    Once all the documentation has been received, the contracting entity has a period of 60 working days to conclude the scholarship contract. Once received, the fellow must return the contract duly signed within 15 working days.

    The activities under the fellowship contract can only began after proper authorization by the contracting entity.

    15.Term and cancellation of fellowship contracts: Without prejudice to the other causes provided the fellowship regulations (FCT and UMinho) and in the Statute of the Research Fellow, the fellowship ends with the completion of the work plan, as well as with the expiration date for which it was granted or renewed.

    At the end of the fellowship, the grantee is obliged to present a Final Report of the work carried out, in accordance with the objectives and evaluation criteria defined with the scientific advisor, within 30 days after the end of the scholarship.

    16.The final report must be prepared in accordance with Annex I of the Scientific Research Fellowships Regulation of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in Diário da República, 2nd Série, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021.

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: University of Minho
  • Department: Institute for Polymers and Composites
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https:// www. uminho.pt
  • E-Mail: ana.ferreira@usrh.uminho.pt
  • Country: Portugal
  • City: Braga
  • Postal Code: 4710-057
  • Street: Campus de Gualtar, edifício 10
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