Nova Sbe/Bipd/2021/02 - Postdoctoral Fellowship - Identifying And Predicting Emergency Admissions

Universities and Institutes of Portugal


July 30, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: Nova School of Business and Economics
  • Research Field: Computer science
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 30/07/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
  • Location: Portugal › Lisbon
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Other
  • Open Call for PostDoctoral Fellowship

    Nova SBE/BIPD/2021/02

    A call for applications for a PostDoctoral Fellowship is open at Nova School of Business and Economics (NOVA SBE) under the Project “Identifying and Predicting Emergency admissions” (DSAIPA/AI/0087/2018) funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia I. P. (FCT), with the following conditions:

    Main field: Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science

    Admission requirements: The candidate should have a PhD awarded less than 3 years ago, in computer science, informatics, mathematics, physics, engineering, medicine, biology, computational biology or a related field, and should have experience with data gathering, curation and analysis. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in health data management (SQL) and Python programming.

    Work Plan: Emergency Care Units (ECUs) are medical facilities that deal with unplanned patient turnout, for a very large range of conditions, often urgent or acute, and frequently life-threatening. Therefore, ECUs need to find a difficult balance between having enough resources (human and others) to deal with an unexpected surge in patients, while reducing wasteful practices of sustaining more resources than required. Thus, timely information regarding possible variations in patient inflow is fundamental for proper planning and quality of service. But since a broad spectrum of reasons lead people to ECUs, hospital admissions vary significantly. From acute events, to lack of alternatives, or just out of concern, different reasons have different underlying dynamics, are guided

    by different factors, timings, and motivations. Thus, a combination of uncertainty and large variability, makes the problem of emergency forecasting a very complex challenge, with great impact on quality of care.

    This project has three main goals:

    1. Disease Identification: What brings people to ECUs?

    2. Emergency Now-casting: Can we now- and fore-cast ECU admissions in a useful way?

    3. Decision-Making: Can our research aid in decision-making for public health, both in local (ECU) and national levels?

    And will be developed in six main steps:

    1) ECU admissions and dynamics;

    2) Mining of the SPMS database for the medical-related dataset;

    3) Creating a relevant non-medical related dataset;

    4) Data curation, validation and handling;

    5) Nowcasting and forecasting;

    6) Dissemination and policy;

    This is a very interdisciplinary project and the fellow will be participating in all tasks and is expected to be part of other research and team activities, such as paper writing, journal club discussions and group meetings.

    Applicable Law and Regulations: Research Fellowship Holder Statute (“Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação Científica”), approved by Law n.º 40/2004, of 18th August, subsequently amended and republished by Decree-Law n.º 202/2012, of 27th August, updated in accordance with Decree-Law n.º 233/2012, of 29th October, Law n.º 12/2013, of 29th January, and with Decree-Law n.º 89/2013, of 9th July, updated in accordance with Decree-Law n.º 123/2019, of 28th August. Fellowship Regulations of Nova SBE, approved by FCT, I.P. by Dispatch of 16th April 2014 and Regulations for Studentships and Fellowships of the FCT, I.P. Fellowship Regulations of Nova SBE, approved by FCT, I.P. by Dispatch of 16th April 2014 and Regulations for Studentships and Fellowships of the FCT, I.P., approved by Regulation 950/2019, of 16th December.

    Working place: The research will be conducted at LIP under the scientific supervision of Professors Joana Gonçalves de Sá and Cláudia Soares.

    Duration of the Fellowship: The fellowship will have a duration of 6 months, with possibility of renewal. The fellowship will be awarded on an exclusive basis, as stated in Regulations for Studentships and Fellowships of FCT, I.P.

    Monthly allowance: The fellowship amounts to €1646,00, according to the table of monthly stipends available in the Regulations for Studentships and Fellowships of FCT, I.P. (https:// www.

    Selection criteria:

    The selection criteria consists of:

  • Curriculum Vitae: 60%
  • Motivation letter: 40%
  • Selection Committee:

    Joana Gonçalves de Sá, PhD – Chairwoman (Associate Professor at IST-UL and Researcher at Nova SBE)

    Cláudia Soares, PhD – Effective member (Assistant Professor at IST-UL)

    Lília Perfeito, PhD - Effective member (Researcher at LIP)

    Formal notification of results: All candidates will be notified by email.

    Application period: The call is open from 19th to 30th of July.

    Application procedure: Applications must be submitted by email to, under the subject Nova SBE/BIPD/2021/02, and must include the following documents (mandatory):

  • Motivation letter;
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae;
  • Transcripts of diplomas or degrees with final grades and other documents demonstrating the candidate's suitability for the required profile;
  • Contacts of 2 recommenders who have supervised or worked directly with the candidate;
  • Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Nova School of Business and Economics
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https:// www.
  • Country: Portugal
  • City: Lisbon
  • Postal Code: 1099-032 LISBOA
  • Street: Campus de Campolide, 1099-032 LISBOA
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