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Universidade de Coimbra
Divisão de Projetos e Atividades (Bolsas)
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First Stage Researcher (R1)
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University of Coimbra opens a call for one research fellowship, in the framework of the Neuraspace – AI Fights Space Debris project “Agenda Mobilizadora Sines Neurasapce” (reference:  Nº 7059), financed by PRR - Recovery and Resilience Plan and by the Next Generation EU European Funds, NOTICE N.º 02/C05-i01/2022, Component 5 – Capitalization and Business Innovation - Mobilizing Agendas for Business Innovation, in the following conditions:

Scientific area: Informatics Engineering, Data Science and Engineering or related areas.

Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: Candidates with a degree in Informatics Engineering, Data Science and Engineering or related areas enrolled in the Master's Degree in Informatics Engineering, Data Science and Engineering or similar, or in a non-degree higher education course..

 “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 thefellowship 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 activities planned for the scholarship period are:

- Survey of the state of the art on the use of Evolutionary Machine Learning for the automatic design of Machine Learning Models with automatic coding;
- Analysis and familiarization with Evolutionary Machine Learning frameworks;
- Implementation of an Evolutionary Machine Learning model for automatic design of automatic coding models
- System analysis and validation;
- Identify points of improvement in the methods to be implemented.

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 Informatics Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra.

Duration: 12 months.

Renewal: Possibly renewable.

Scientific orientation: Professor Nuno António Marques Lourenço.

Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 875,98 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (, plus social security (Seguro Social Voluntário, first level contributions) and 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: CV Analysis (50%) and Interview (50%)..

Selection criteria: 
In the CV Analysis will be considered the following criteria:
- Graduation average (40%);
- Academic performance in courses in the areas of Programming and Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (60%).

During the interview, the following criteria will be taken into account:
- Knowledge and profile suitable for the functions to be developed (80%);
- Motivation and interest (20%.

The conclusion of this procedure and subsequent contracting are dependent on the approval of the financing of the respective Project).

Jury responsible for selection: Professor Nuno António Marques Lourenço, Professor Evgheni Polisciuc and Professor Fernando Jorge Penousal Martins Machado .

Formalization of application: Applications must be formalized by sending the following documents:

- Detailed CV;
- Degree Certificate;
- Motivation Letter.

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: Applications should be sent by

Submission of applications: Between 26/01/2023 and 08/02/2023.

Submission deadline date: 08/02/2023.

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.

Pursuant to subparagraph h) of Article 9 of the Portuguese Constitution, the University of Coimbra, as employer, actively promotes a policy of equal opportunities between men and women in access to employment and professional development, and acts to prevent each and every kind of discrimination.
Therefore, no one can be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right or immune from any duty on account of, in particular, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, family, economic situation, education, origin or social condition, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic or racial origin, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union membership.

Selection reserve list: N.A.


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Bachelor Degree or equivalent

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