Organisation/Company: INESC TEC
Research Field: Engineering
Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline: 13/08/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
Location: Portugal › Porto
Type Of Contract: Other
Job Status: Full-time
Hours Per Week: -
Reference Number: AE2021-0148
Recruitment of 1 Doctorate in the field of Industrial Engineering and Data
Science Applied to the Solar Energy Area
INESC TEC - Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and
Science, a private research institution, is accepting applications to hire a
doctorate researcher for an undefined term resolutive contract to work at
INESC TEC's Centre for Unidade de Gestão e Engenharia Industrial.
The hiring process will follow what is provided in Decree-Law 57/2016, August
29, approving the Legal Framework on the Scientific Employment, hereinafter
referred to as RJEC, as amended by Act No 57/2017 of 19 July by the Executory
Decision No. 11-A/2017 dated 29 December by the Labour Code and by other
legislation applicable to individual employment contracts, as well as the
internal rules of INESC TEC, considering the specific conditions that are
specified in the legal regime mentioned above for hiring doctorates under the
projects financed by public funds.
The contract will be for an indefinite period under the project AI4PV-1, with
the reference POCI-01-0247-FEDER-111936, ANI funded by Fundo Europeu de
Desenvolvimento Regional (FEDER) através do Programa Operacional
Competitividade e Internacionalização. However, INESC TEC can, at any moment,
hire the researcher on a permanent basis.
In accordance with Article 15 of RJEC and Article 2 of Executory Decision
mentioned above, the gross monthly remuneration to be allocated is €2.134,73,
that corresponds to the 1 remuneratory position, by the Executory Decision No.
11-A/2017 dated 29 December
DUTIES TO BE PERFORMED
Coordination and implementation of R&D projects and knowledge enhancement,
preparation of R&D project applications, team management and guidance of
junior researchers, scientific production for international journals and
conferences, intervention in the scientific and professional communities, as
well as coordination and participation in scientific and technological
dissemination initiatives, particularly in the field of Industrial Engineering
and Data Science Applied to the Solar Energy Area.
- Develop the use cases, functional specifications and design recommendations
to the architecture and its different automatic diagnosis modules, with the
aim of increasing reliability and performance at PV plant level.
- Modelling most critical elements at a PV plant that can affect its
stability and performance and apply machine learning and optimization
algorithms to get the best digital model of the component and support fault
diagnosis based on field data.
- Validation of results with real data, assess costs and benefits.
INESC TEC, Porto, Portugal
WORK AREA: Industrial Engineering and Data Science Applied to the Solar Energy
The research workplan involves the definition and specification of use cases
for the application of AI techniques in solar power plants diagnosis and
maintenance, considering the different type of faults, diagnosis needs,
available data and the expected performance by end-users for advanced O&M
strategies. Then, automatic failure mode detection algorithms will be
developed, so that real data can be combined with physical and data-driven
models for fault diagnosis, with the possibility of detecting, isolating, and
identifying the faults. Aspects such as combination of AI and physical
modelling of components (solar inverter) will be the focus of R&D
activities, with a view to scientific production oriented to international
journals and conferences.
National, foreigner and stateless candidates holding a PhD degree in PhD
degree in Industrial Engineering and Management, or related scientific area,
and holders of a scientific and professional curriculum showing a relevant
profile for the activity to be developed can apply for the tender.
Minimum requirements: Doctorates with reduced post-doctoral experience or
without scientific curriculum after the PhD compatible with the category of
junior researcher. A minimum of 2 publications in journals or international
conferences related to industrial engineering and/or data science.
Preferred qualifications: Domain knowledge about optimization, machine
learning and data analytics applied to engineering problems.
FORMALISATION OF THE APPLICATIONS
The applications will be formalised by submitting a specific form in INESC
TEC's website. The form is available in the icon "Apply now".
In the same form, each candidate must upload the following documents:
- Motivation letter:
for the job position, addressed to the President of the Executive Commission
of INESC TEC, including an activity and career development plan for a maximum
period of 6 years. The description should reveal the compliance of this plan
with INESC TEC's strategy (see Chapter 2 of INESC TEC's Activity Plan for
2021) and the duties to be performed and should not contain more than 2000
words and no more than 5 pages;
- Curriculum Vitae:
highlighting all the higher education, the scientific and technological
production, the activities of crucial research, applied or based on practice,
the activities of extension and dissemination of knowledge and the science
management activities in the last five years, that the candidate considers
more relevant or with greater impact in order to allow the corresponding
relevance, quality, timeliness and adequacy.
- Copy of certificates or diplomas degree:
The selected candidates with a PhD granted by a foreign higher education
institution will have to present, for hiring purposes, the record of the
recognition of that degree, issued by the Portuguese Directorate General for
Higher Education or by a Portuguese public higher education institution. The
legal framework applicable to the recognition processes required after 1
January 2019 is the one approved by the Decree-Law 66/2018 dated 16 August.
The legal framework applicable to the recognition processes required before 1
January 2019, is the one provided by the Decree-Law 341/2007 dated 12 October
and regulated by the Ordinance 227/2017 dated 25 July or, alternatively, the
legal framework introduced by the Decree-Law 283/83 dated 21 June, in case the
recognition is made through equivalence. Regarding this issue, please consult
the website of the Portuguese Directorate General for Higher Education:
https: // www. dges.gov.pt/en
- Other documents that you consider relevant for the evaluation of the
scientific and curricular journey. Those candidates who formalise their
application incorrectly or do not fulfil the demanded requirements will be
excluded from the tender.
The jury has the power to require any candidate, if in doubt, to present
supporting documents for their statements.
The false statements made by the candidates shall be penalised by law.
EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
The evaluation is carried out in two phases, which will result in a final
classification between 0 and 100 points.
First phase: Curricular assessment
The selection is made through the evaluation of the motivation letter, which
will include the activity and career development plan, and of the scientific
and curricular journey, focusing on the scientific production and professional
activity in the last five years that the candidate considers more relevant.
This five year period may be extended by the jury, at the request of the
candidate, if reasoned on suspension of the scientific activity for socially
protected reasons, namely for parental leave, serious and protracted illness,
and other legally protected situations of unavailability for work.
It is intended to assess the scientific and professional curriculum of the
candidate focusing on the relevance, quality and timeliness of the factors
referred to in Article 5 (2) (a) to (d) of the RJEC and of the
motivation letter in the subject area(s) of the tender, considering the
specific requirements and the adequacy for the duties to be performed.
F1 - Scientific, technological, cultural or artistic production that the
candidate considers more relevant.
F2 - Activities of applied research or based on practice that the candidate
considers with greater impact.
F3 - Activities of extension and dissemination of knowledge, namely in the
promotion of the culture and the scientific practices that the candidate
considers more relevant.
F4 - Project management activities and programmes of science, technology and
innovation, or experience in observation, monitoring and evaluation of the
scientific and technological system or higher education in Portugal or abroad.
Included here are the activities of preparation and submission of applications
for science, technology and innovation projects.
F5 - Motivation letter, including the activity and career development plan,
integrated and consistent with the duties to be developed under the strategic
project of INESC TEC.
The evaluation of all candidates in the first phase must be completed within a
period of no more than one calendar month after the applications are received.
The candidates who have obtained less than 70 points in the average of the
curricular assessments of the members of the jury will be considered not
approved in absolute merit.
The top five candidates in the average of the curricular assessments that were
approved in absolute merit will be qualified for the second phase, consisting
of an individual interview, either face-to-face or through videoconference.
The interview will weight, at most, 10% of the final classification. The
candidates who don't qualify for the second phase will have a classification
of 0 in the interview.
Second phase: Interview
In accordance with Article 5(5) of the RJEC, as it stands, the Jury will
individually interview each candidate that were qualified to the second phase.
During the interview, the members of the Jury will stimulate an open debate
about the quality and the innovative and creative nature of the research and
professional activity of the candidates, considering the requirements and the
subject areas of the specific tender procedure.
The interviews will be conducted within a period not exceeding 10 working days
after the decision of the Jury.
FUNCTIONING OF THE JURY
Each member of the Jury will assess all the candidates in all the factors from
F1 to F5 between 0 and 100 and must present the reasons for the scores
attributed. Abstention is not allowed. A similar procedure will be followed
regarding the candidates that are called for the interview. The candidates
that are not called for an interview will have 0 points in the second phase.
The curricular assessment (CA) of each candidate is obtained according to
the average of the factors (F) that is evaluated by the weights of the
following formulation, expressed to the first decimal.
AC = F125 + F230 + F325 + F410 + F510
The final classification (FC) of each candidate is obtained according to the
average of the final results of the curricular assessment and of the interview
(I) that is evaluated by the weights of the following formulation, expressed
to the units.
CF = AC90 + E10
After completing the application of the selection criteria, each member of the
Jury will sort the candidates according to the final classification assigned
to them. Based on this sorting, the Jury will sort the candidates by
successive clearance to the first place and following places (each member of
the jury follows their personal sorting). The clearance is carried out when a
candidate obtains more than half of the votes. If this doesn't happen in the
first voting for a particular place, the least voted candidate is eliminated
and the procedure is repeated with the remaining candidates (with tiebreakers
based on the average of the final classifications).
The Jury will advise the hiring of the candidate approved in absolute merit
sorted in the first place.
A minute is drawn up after the jury's meetings, containing a summary of what
has arisen from them, as well as the assessments made by each one of the
members and their reasons, and shall be made available on request to the
In accordance with article 13 of RJEC, the jury is composed of the following
President of the Jury: Luís Guimarães
Full Member: Pedro Amorim
Full Member: Gonçalo Reis Figueira
Application period: From 2021-08-02 to 2021-08-13
NOTIFICATION OF THE RESULTS, PRIOR HEARING AND FINAL DECISION OF THE RESULTS
The results of the selection process will be disclosed to the candidates by
After being notified, the candidates have 10 working days to comment on the
results of the selection process under their right to a prior hearing. The
final decision of the jury will be given within 10 days from the deadline for
the decision under the right to a prior hearing.
The present tender is exclusively for occupying the indicated vacancy,
expiring once the position is filled.
NON-DISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL ACCESS POLICY
INESC TEC actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access,
so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any
right or exempted from any duty, on basis of origin, age, sex, sexual
orientation, marital status, family situation, economic situation, education,
social origin or condition, genetic heritage, reduced capacity for work,
disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, region of
origin, language, religion, political or ideological convictions and trade
The candidate with a disability has preference under conditions of equal
classification. Candidates must declare on the application form, under word of
honour, the respective degree of incapacity, the type of disability and the
means of communication to be used in the selection process, in accordance with
the abovementioned diploma.
The Executive Commission of INESC TEC approved this job advertisement in the
meeting of 2021-07-20, also being responsible for the final decision on
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
Engineering: PhD or equivalent
Organisation/Company: INESC TEC
Organisation Type: Research Laboratory
Website: https:// www. inesctec.pt
Postal Code: 4200-465 Porto
Street: Campus da FEUP Rua Dr. Roberto Frias