Ptdc/Cci-Com/30952/2017 - Lisboa-01-0145-Feder-030952 - Competition For Granting 1 Research...

Universities and Institutes of Portugal


December 6, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: Associação para a Inovação de Desenvolvimento da FCT
  • Research Field: Computer science
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 06/12/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
  • Location: Portugal › Caparica
  • Reference Number: PTDC/CCI-COM/30952/2017 - LISBOA-01-0145-FEDER-030952
  • A tender is open for the attribution of one Research Scholarship within the scope of the R&D project PTDC/CCI-COM/30952/2017, funded Programa Operacional Regional de Lisboa, under component FEDER (LISBOA-01-0145-FEDER-030952), and by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P., through national funds (PIDDAC), under the following conditions:

    1. Work Plan:

    Despite their success, Neural Networks are still regarded as black boxes, since their internal representation does not provide any human-understandable explanation for their classification process. A recently proposed method has shown that it is possible to establish mappings between the internal activations of a neural network and human-understandable symbolic concepts, which nevertheless need to be dynamically established as new data is processed. The goal is to leverage on the internal activations of a neural network while processing data streams to induce a logical theory that approximately describes the neural network's classification process.

    2. Fellowship duration:

    The grant has a duration of 4 months, starting in principle in December 2021. The contract may be renewed within the duration of the project.

    3. Workplace:

    The work will be developed at the installations of the Department of Computer Science, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, under scientific supervision of Prof. Doutor João Alexandre Carvalho Pinheiro Leite, the contracting entity being – Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT.

    4. Application deadline and form of application submission:

    Application is open between November 22 and December 6, 2021.

    Candidates should apply by sending cv, a letter of motivation and declaration on honor that he or she meets the requirements to enroll in a master's, integrated master's, doctoral or non-academic course, via e-mail to Matthias Knorr ( indicating the reference PTDC/CCI- COM/30952/2017/BI/2.

    Documents that are of mandatory submission, for purposes of the studentship contracting: bachelor's certificate in Computer Science (or a corresponding course) and proof of enrolment in in a master's, integrated master's, doctoral or non-academic course.

    In case of foreign academic degrees, and to guarantee the application of the principle of equal treatment to applicants with national and foreign academic degrees, it is mandatory to submit the recognition of such degrees and the conversion of the respective final grade to the Portuguese grading scale.

    5. Applicable legislation and regulations::

    Law No. 40/2004, of August 18, amended and republished by Decree-Law No. 202/2012 of August 27 (Statute of the Scientific Research Fellow) and amended by Decree-Law No. 233/2012 of October 29, by Law No. 12 /2013 of 29 January, by Decree-Law No. 89/2013, of 9 July and Decree-Law No. 123/2019, of 28 August; Regulation of Research Grants of – Association for Innovation and Development of FCT; Regulation of Research Grants of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. in force (https: // www.;

  • Monthly maintenance allowance amount:
  • The grant value is €835,98, based on the reference tables of grant values as indicated by FCT, I.P. in Portugal, and the payment is realized by bank transfer.

    Eligibility criteria
  • Selection criteria:
  • The selection criteria are the following: in the first phase, a classification (on a scale from 0 to 20) is created, based on a) the evaluation of the cv (25%), and b) relevant experience for the execution of the project (25%). The three top-most candidates (with a classification greater than 7) will be invited for an interview (50% of the final classification). The grant may not be awarded if the candidates do not match the required quality criteria.

    Selection process

    1. Composition of the Selection Jury:

    Presidente: Professor Doutor Matthias Knorr.

    Vogais efetivos: Professor Doutor João Alexandre Carvalho Pinheiro Leite e Professor Doutor Ricardo João Rodrigues Gonçalves.

    Vogais suplentes: Professor Doutor José Júlio Alves Alferes e Professor Doutor Ludwig Krippahl.

    2. Form of advertising/notification of results:

    The evaluation results proposed by the juri will be notified, up to 90 days after the deadline for the submission of applications, by email, of the results proposed by the jury, with access to the minutes and the final ranking list.

    After notification, candidates will have 10 working days to comment on the draft decision (prior hearing of interested parties, under the terms of the Code of Administrative Procedure). The final decision will be taken after the expiry of the prior hearing period, again notified to all candidates by e-mail. Of this final decision the candidates can file a complaint within 15 working days (to the e-mail address used for the notification), or an hierarchical appeal, within 30 working days, addressed to NOVA.ID.FCT's Board through the address

    Additional comments
  • Drafts:
  • The drafts of: i) fellowship contract, ii) final report to be presented by the fellowship holder, iii) final report to be presented by the scientific advisor, and; iv) declaration on honor, can all be found on website.

    Web site for additional job details

    https: // www. content/calls/call/EditalAvisoAberturaBI2PT.PDF

    Offer Requirements Skills/Qualifications
  • Recipients profile/category:
  • Mandatory requirements: Having completed the Bachelor in Computer Science or a corresponding course, and eligible to enroll in a master's, integrated master's, doctoral or non-academic course.

    Preferred factors:

    a) Good knowledge in Artificial Intelligence.

    b) Good knowledge in Deep Learning.

    c) Good knowledge in Databases, Computational Logic and Theory of Programming.

    In scholarships intended for graduates or masters who are enrolled in courses that do not lead to an academic degree, a scholarship may only be awarded to those who do not exceed, with the conclusion of the scholarship contract in question, including the renewals provided for in the notice, an accumulated period of two years in this type of scholarship, consecutive or interpolated.

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Associação para a Inovação de Desenvolvimento da FCT
  • Organisation Type: Other
  • Website: https:// www.
  • Country: Portugal
  • City: Caparica
  • Postal Code: 2829-516 Caparica
  • Street: Campus de Caparica