One Research Fellowship

Universities and Institutes of Portugal


October 1, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: Universidade de Coimbra
  • Research Field: Engineering
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 01/10/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
  • Location: Portugal › Coimbra
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 35

    University of Coimbra opens a call for 1 research fellowship, in the framework of the project AeroXTreme - High-performance silica aerogel nanocomposites for insulation under extreme-temperature Space environments (reference: PTDC/EQU- EQU/29533/2017 - CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-029533), co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union, through the Regional Operational Program of the Center (CENTRO 2020) of Portugal 2020 and by the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P./MCTES through national funds (PIDDAC, in the following conditions:

    Scientific area: Chemical Engineering and related areas.

    Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: Master in Chemical Engineering or related areas, who is enrolled in a PhD course or a course not conferring an academic degree as part of the educational project of a higher education institution. It is a condition for admission to the application to have a weighted average of (Bachelor + Master) or Integrated Master greater than or equal to 13 / 20. Preference will be given to candidates (i) with proven knowledge of the English language and (ii) with knowledge in the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials.

    “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: The research fellowship holder will carry out experimental tasks related to the synthesis of silica-based aerogels with fiber reinforcement and with the addition of alumina and to the physical- chemical, structural, thermal and mechanical characterization of materials obtained. In another aspect, he/she will also carry out bibliographic research tasks, as well as treatment/compilation and discussion of the data/results obtained, and will support the preparation of project progress reports and the preparation of articles or communications.

    Main tasks:

    A3 - Addition of alumina phases in nanocomposites

    A4 - Characterization of aerogels

    A5 - Suitability of aerogels to the application and production conditions

    A6 - Dissemination of results..

    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: Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Coimbra.

    Duration: 4.

    Renewal: possibly renewed.

    Scientific orientation: Prof. Dr. Luísa Maria Rocha Durães.

    Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 1104,64 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (https: // www., plus this value adds the 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: Assessment of the Curriculum (AC) and Interview (E).

    Selection criteria: AC - 70%; E - 30%

    Selection sub-criteria for AC:

    - Basic general academic training (40%);

    - Specific activities/training in the area of synthesis and characterization of nanostructured/nanocomposite materials (30%);

    - Education and domain of the English language (20%);

    - Activities that demonstrate autonomy, teamwork and time management skills (10%).

    Selection subcriteria in E:

    - Demonstration of knowledge in the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured/nanocomposite materials (50%);

    - Oral fluency of the English language (20%);

    - Motivation and interest (30%).

    Jury responsible for selection: Luísa Maria Rocha Durães; Pedro Nuno das Neves Lopes Simões; Maria Benilde Faria de Oliveira e Costa.

    Formalization of application: Applications must be formalized by sending the following documents (mandatory): 1) Letter of motivation written in English, 2) Certificates of the academic degrees with average mark, 3) Curriculum Vitae, 4) Other elements or Certificates considered relevant by the candidate.

    The following document should also be sent:.

    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: by email to and

    Submission of applications: Between 20/09/2021 and 01/10/2021.

    Submission deadline date: 01/10/2021.

    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.aFF4

    SMA1Utilizar caso estejamos perante Bolsa de Iniciação à Investigação ou Bolsa de Investigação a atribuir a candidatos inscritos em CNCG. Caso contrário retirar.

    FF2Considerar de acordo com o que seja aplicável.

    ARS3Por forma a facilitar o preenchimento das datas, o/a utilizador/a deve selecionar o campo e escrever a data. Quando é selecionado outro campo, o campo “data” atualiza automaticamente para o formato definido/correto

    FF4Preencher com a indicação até quando pode ser utilizada, caso tenha sido solicitada pelo/a requerente.

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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.
  • Country: Portugal
  • City: Coimbra
  • Street: Rua Larga