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One research fellowship_ project Agenda Mobilizadora Sines Nexus (reference n 7113)_868271


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Universidade de Coimbra
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Engineering » Computer engineering
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University of Coimbra opens a call for one    research fellowship, in the framework of the NEXUS project “Agenda Mobilizadora Sines Nexus” (reference: Nº 7113), financed by PRR - Recovery and Resilience Plan and by the Next Generation EU European Funds, following NOTICE No. 02/C05-i01/2022, Component 5 - Capitalization and Business Innovation - Mobilizing Agendas for Business Innovation, in the following conditions:


Scientific area: Informatics Engineering.


Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: Masters in Informatics Engineering or related areas, enrolled in a Ph.D. in Informatics Engineering.

Although the recipients must be enrolled in a cycle of studies leading to the attribution of 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: Developing an ontology of software vulnerabilities using the Grounded Theory and cognitive psychology

Work plan:

Existing efforts on security vulnerabilities are typically focused on known vulnerabilities. This grant proposal is dedicated to addressing unknown software vulnerabilities using a series of interdisciplinary approaches, such as philosophical concept “ontology”, cognitive psychology and the Grounded theory. The detailed plan is as follows.

T1– Conduct literature review on the metrics and detection methods on “unknown vulnerabilities”.

T2 – Study the concept of “ontology”, software design cognition, Huang’s theories on human errors in software engineering, and the Grounded Theory.

T3 – Extracting the patterns of vulnerabilities in one vulnerabilities database, using the Grounded Theory, with the human error and design cognition in mind.

T4 – Developing a vulnerability ontology, for the purpose of forecasting and detecting unknown software vulnerabilities..


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 Computer Engineering, Faculty of Sciences and Technology at the University of Coimbra.


Duration: 6 months.


Renewal: Possibly renewable.


Scientific orientation: Professor Fuqun Huang and Professor Marco Paulo Amorim Vieira.


Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 1144,64 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:

- Absolute merit of curriculum vitae (50%);

- Publications in scientific journals and minutes (50%);


During the interview, the following criteria will be taken into account:

- Knowledge and profile suitable for the functions to be developed (50%);

- Motivation and interest (50%).


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 Carlos Nuno Bizarro e Silva Laranjeiro Professor Fuqun Huang, Professor Marco Paulo Amorim Vieira..


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

- Motivation Letter;

- Curriculum vitae;

- Qualifications certificate;

-Master's certificate supplement;.


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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