Research Fellowship - WUIFireSafer

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    Universidade de Coimbra
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/12/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Coimbra
    Lugus 780992




University of Coimbra opens a call for one research fellowship, in the framework of the research project “WUIFireSafer - Safety enhancement and resilience of wildland-urban interface areas against fire” (reference: PCIF/AGT/0062/2018), financed by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P./MCTES, through national funds (PIDDAC), in the following conditions:


Scientific area: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Forest resources, Social Dynamics, Natural and Technological Risks, and others, Geography.


Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: Master's Degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Forest resources, Social Dynamics, Natural and Technological Risks, and others, Geography, and enrolled in a PhD degreee course with preference for competences in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and or Geographic Information System (GIS).


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: The research activities to be carried out by the scholarship holder, within the scope of the participation of the ISISE research unit in the research project “INTERFACESEGURA – Safety and Fire Resilience of Urban-Forestry Interface Zones”, include historical analysis of forest fires and their impact on urban-forest interface zones, the analysis of heat transfer phenomena that favour the ignition of structures, using advanced computational modeling tools (CFD – FDS – Fire Dynamics Simulator) and/or analysis of risk using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools, namely ArcGIS or QGIS.

More specifically, the Fellow will collaborate with members of the ISISE research team in carrying out part of the tasks in which they are directly involved, such as:

• analysis of resistance and fire reaction of construction products using experimental tests and data provided by manufacturers;

• Numerical modeling using Wildfire Analyst software and its integration with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and/or modeling using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools;

• Reporting and help and participation in all project dissemination activities.


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 Civil Engineering at the University of Coimbra.


Duration: 6 months.


Renewal: May be renewed.


Scientific orientation:

Doutor Hélder David da Silva Craveiro,

Professora Aldina Maria da Cruz Santiago.


Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 1.104,64 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en), 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: Curriculum Assessment (50%) and Interview (50%)..


Selection criteria:

In the Curriculum Evaluation, the following criteria will be considered:

(i) Quality of the curriculum, with experience in conducting scientific research in the areas of numerical modeling (CFD) and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – (40%);

(ii) Academic knowledge in the defined areas - (30%);

(iii) Demonstration of organization, coordination and leadership skills - (15%);

(iv) Master's final grade - (15%).


In the Interview, the following criteria will be considered:

(i) Demonstration of knowledge in numerical modeling and/or geographic information systems (GIS) - (40%).

(ii) Demonstration of knowledge in the field of fires and analysis of extreme actions, namely forest fires and forest fires in the urban-forest interface zones - (20%).

(iii) Demonstration of ability to approach problems with method, determination and critical capacity, as well as a sense of autonomy, responsibility and work capacity - (20%);

(iv) Demonstration of communication skills and verbal expression - (20%).


Jury responsible for selection:

Doutor Hélder David da Silva Craveiro,

Professora Aldina Maria da Cruz Santiago,

Doutor Luís Miguel dos Santos Laím.


Formalization of application:

Applications must be formalized by sending the following documents:

i) Motivation Letter,

ii) Certificate of Qualifications with final average,

iii) Curriculum Vitae,

iv) Other elements considered relevant,.


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 email, referring in the subject “INTERFACESEGURA – Research Fellowship”, to the members of the jury: heldercraveiro.eng@uc.pt, aldina@dec.uc.pt e luislaim@uc.pt.


Submission of applications: Between 16/12/2021 and 30/12/2021.


Submission deadline date: 30/12/2021.


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.


Selection reserve list: for 6 months.


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