POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP (BPD) under Project SMILE (SMart IsLand Energy Systems) - Ref: SMILE-MITI-RH-PD-1

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    Computer scienceOther
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    12/07/2017 23:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Funchal
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Vacancies: 1

Closing date: 12-07-2017

Type of contract: full time

Start date: 01-10-2017 (expected)

Duration: 12 months, renewable up to 36 months

Monthly stipend: 1495 Euros + Voluntary Social Security (SSV) 

Job country: Portugal

Job city: Funchal

Job company/institute: M-ITI / LARSYS

Workplace: M-ITI / LARSYS

Main research field: Human-Computer Interaction - Interaction Design - Smart Energy Systems


Job Description:

SMILE is an Horizon 2020 funded project with the goal of testing and demonstrating smart grid technologies, as well as business models, within large scale projects. SMILE involves three large scale pilot projects in three Island locations in Europe (Madeira in PT, Samsø in DK and Orkneys in the UK). The objective is to test solutions while establishing mutual learning processes and providing best practice guidance for replication in other regions of Europe.

The three pilots will test different combinations of technological solutions according to local specificities and conditions and the existing infrastructure and will involve all value chain actors needed to efficiently implement projects system-wide. Moreover, cross-cutting activities among the pilots will be devoted to solve common technical, organizational, legal, regulatory and market-related issues as well as to evaluate the solutions from the economic and business points of view.

The technological solutions are varied and include battery integration, heating, water storage, electric vehicles, power storage on boats and dynamic tariffs. These technologies will be applied to real pilots in the three islands, anticipating their impact and entering the market through the direct involvement of citizens.

In Portugal (Island of Madeira), the pilot project will have a particular emphasis on the integration of micro-production of electric energy.

The selected candidate will work in close collaboration with members from Prsma, EEM and ACIF in the deployment, maintenance and evaluation of three pilot projects:

  1. Deployment of smart-metering and storage technologies in solar PV installations for the purpose of Demand Side Management.
  2. Deployment of frequency control hardware in the same solar PV installations for the purpose of using such systems for frequency control in isolated grids.
  3. Evaluation and deployment of smart charging technology for Electric Vehicles, with the goal of studying the feasibility of such systems in Madeira Island.



Candidates should have the following requirements, skills and competences:

  • Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in any of the main research areas including human-computer interaction, interaction design, computer science and engineering
  • Experience in the energy domain, participatory design, urban systems or sustainability projects
  • Experience in managing and supervising graduate students and researchers
  • Experience applying qualitative and quantitative research methods in field studies
  • Knowledge of machine-learning and data science techniques
  • Strong motivation to work both independently and as part of a team, very good communication skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Previous experience managing or participating in EU projects is a plus


How to apply:

Candidates must send an email to hr@m-iti.org no later than 12-07-2017. The subject of the email should be: SMILE-MITI-RH-PD-1.

The following elements should be included in the email:

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae (mandatory)
  • Motivation letter (mandatory)
  • List of publications and Google Scholar ID or ORCID (mandatory)
  • Optional list of projects in the area that have already participated will be a plus
  • Optional recommendation letters can contribute positively to the candidate evaluation


Selection Process:

The curricular selection process will be based on:

  • Educational Background, including publications (40%)
  • Skills and competences related to the project topics and workplan (30%)
  • Experience in supervision and management of research projects (20%)
  • Communication and presentation skills, assessed from the CV or from optional interview (10%)


Selection Panel:

- Nuno Nunes, PhD, IST, M-ITI

- Valentina Nisi, PhD, UMa, M-ITI

- Maurizio Telli, PhD, M-ITI


Notification of results:

An email message with the result of the recruitment process will be sent to each applicant.



  • The selection process will be based on the principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, religion, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issue. Selection will be made only based on merit and following the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Commission Recommendation, Brussels, 11.3.2005, 2005/251/EC) and the recommendations from the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).
  • M-ITI is a recognized “refugee welcoming organization" by the European Commission, follows the European Charter for Researchers and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.
  • The deadline for application may be extended at any time without previous notice having in mind the requirements for the positions under this call.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Polo Cientifico e Tecnologico da Madeira, Piso -2, Caminho da Penteada

EURAXESS offer ID: 224429