Phd Scholarship

Universities and Institutes of Portugal


June 23, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica
  • Research Field: Engineering › Mechanical engineering
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 23/06/2021 18:00 - Europe/London
  • Location: Portugal › Lisboa
  • Reference Number: Aviso nº 05/IDMEC/UIDP/50022/2020
  • The Institute of Mechanical Engineering – IDMEC (LAETA Research Unit) is opening a call for a PhD Scholarship in the area of “Emerging Technologies – Simulation of Structural Batteries at the Nanoscale” under the terms of the Regulation of FCT Research Grants (RBI) and of the Research Grant Holder Statute (EBI). The grant will be funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) under the Collaboration Protocol signed between the FCT and the R&D Unit No. 50022, LAETA - Associate Laboratory for Energy, Transport and Aeronautics, within the scope of the UIDP funding /50022/2020. The duration of the scholarship is annual, renewable up to a maximum of four years (48 months). The research activities leading to the attainment of the academic degree of Doctor of the selected scholarship holder will be developed in the scope of the Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering of IST. The call is open between 9th June 2021 and 6 pm of 23rd June 2021.

    Applications and documents supporting the application must be submitted by email to


    Scholarship holders are allocated a monthly maintenance, € 1.104,64, allowance in accordance with the table in Annex I of the RBI (https:// www. The exchange may also include other components, under the terms set out in article 18 of the RBI and for the amounts provided for in its Annex II.

    Eligibility criteria

    The eligibility criterion and selection process only takes into account the candidate's merit. Applications considered admissible will be scored on a scale from 0 to 100 on a single evaluation criterion that takes into account the final classification of master's degree, merit of CV, experience in the scientific area of the project

    Selection process

    The evaluation of the candidates and the selection will be conducted by the following Jury Members:

  • Prof. Paulo Jorge Coelho Ramalho Oliveira

  • Prof. Hélder Carriço Rodrigues

  • Prof. Pedro Miguel de Almeida Areias
  • Substitute member: Prof. Aurélio Lima Araújo
  • Minutes will be produced from the meetings of the evaluation panel, under the responsibility of all its members. The minutes and their attachments must include the following information:

    • Name and affiliation of all evaluation panel members;

    • Identification of all excluded applications and their respective reasons;

    • Methodology adopted by the panel for cases considered to be particular;

    • Final Assessment Forms for each candidate;

    • Provisional ranking and ranking list of candidates, in descending order of the final ranking, of all applications evaluated by the panel;

    • CDI statements from all panel members;

    • Possible delegations of votes and powers due to absence.

    The evaluation results are communicated via e-mail to the e-mail address used by the candidate to send the application/indicated in the application.

    After being notified, candidates have 10 working days to submit a formal rebuttal.

    Additional comments


    The objective of this work is part of a broader project on structural solid state batteries that can result in disruptive technologies for electric vehicles. The main idea is to avoid the extra weight added by lithium-ion batteries by developing multifunctional materials that act as structural components and batteries. Recently, a new vitreous ferroelectric electrolyte with unprecedented electrical permittivity and ionic conductivity has been proposed as a disruptive solution for solid-state batteries. It starts from the existing FEB technology, developing it and benefiting from the group's knowledge of mechanical engineering, through simulation and mechanical tests, with the objective of producing structural batteries adapted to electric vehicles.

    The thermal, electrical and fault control mechanisms involved in the constituents of structural batteries will be identified and analyzed through the development of multiphysics and multiscale models that will support the design of new optimized structural batteries.

    This task will be divided into two activities:

    1. In the development of Molecular Dynamics (MD) models to assess the nanoscale mechanical properties of battery constituents (electrodes, electrolytic composite). Mechanical characterization will involve elasticity, strength and fracture properties. MD models will allow an in-depth study of the electrochemical-mechanical behavior of the interfaces between the different constituents (atomic interactions at the grain and fiber boundaries), to better characterize the behavior of structural batteries.

    2. In the development of constitutive models based on atomistic finite elements (at the atom and molecule scale) to simulate the mechanical, thermal and electrochemical behavior of each of the constituents of a structural battery (including the electrodes, electrolyte and their interfaces).

    Scientific Supervisor, Prof. Nuno Silvestre (IST-IDMEC-LAETA)

    Scientific Co-Supervisor, Prof. Pedro Camanho (FEUP-INEGI-LAETA

    Web site for additional job details

    https: // www. no5-Bolsas.pdf

    Required Research Experiences
  • Engineering › Mechanical engineering

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    Offer Requirements
  • Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent


    To apply for the PhD Scholarship, the candidate must have a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering. Note that academic degrees obtained in foreign countries shall be registered by a Portuguese institution, according to the Decree-Law nr. 66/2018, of August, 16th, and the Ordinance nr. 33/2019, of January, 25th. It is mandatory to present the Certificate to sign the contract. More information is available on: https: // www.

    To apply for the PhD Scholarship, the candidate must also have deep knowledge of modeling the behavior of nanocomposite structures, FGM and piezoelectric structures and various techniques for simulating thin-walled structures (plates, shells). Being author of scientific papers published in high impact indexed international journals on the topic of the scholarship is a major benefit for the evaluation.

    Specific Requirements

    It is essential, under penalty of non-admission to the Call, to attach the following documents to the application:

    • Elements of identity card/citizen card/passport;

    • Candidate's curriculum vitae;

    • Certificates of qualification of the academic degrees held, specifying the final classification and, if possible, the classifications obtained in all subjects taken, or, alternatively, the candidate's declaration of honor that he completed the master's degree by the end of the term of application;

    • Certificate of recognition of academic degrees awarded by foreign higher education institutions and record of the conversion of the respective final classification to the Portuguese classification scale, or, alternatively, the candidate's declaration of honor that he obtained recognition of the foreign degree equivalent to that of Master by the end of the application deadline;

    • Write the application and all documents associated with it, including letters of recommendation, in Portuguese or in English.

    Regarding the admissibility requirements, it is noted that in the case of academic degrees awarded by foreign higher education institutions, and in order to ensure the application of the principle of equal treatment to candidates holding foreign and national academic degrees, it is mandatory to recognition of these grades and the conversion of the respective final classification to the Portuguese classification scale. Recognition of foreign academic degrees and diplomas, as well as the conversion of the final classification to the Portuguese classification scale, can be requested at any public higher education institution, or at the Directorate-General for Higher Education (DGES, only in the case of automatic recognition ). Regarding this matter, it is suggested to consult the DGES portal at the following address: https:// www.

    Only candidates who have completed the cycle of studies leading to a Master's degree by the end of the application period will be admitted. If they do not yet have a certificate of course completion, a declaration of honor from the candidates that they have completed the necessary qualifications for the purposes of the competition will be accepted by the end of the application deadline. The granting of the scholarship is always dependent on the presentation of proof of ownership of the academic qualifications necessary for the granting of the scholarship.

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica
  • Organisation Type: Research Laboratory
  • Website: https: // www.
  • E-Mail:
  • Country: Portugal
  • City: Lisboa
  • Postal Code: 1049-001
  • Street: Av Rovisco Pais, 1