04/01/2022

Research Grant - Edital BI-ISISE-UMINHO-POCI-01-0247-FEDER-047075-B6

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universidade do Minho - ISISE
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    19/01/2022 23:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    Portugal › Guimarães
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    Edital BI-ISISE-UMINHO-POCI-01-0247-FEDER-047075-B6

OFFER DESCRIPTION

A call for applications is now open for the attribution of (3) post-doctoral research grants within the scope of the R&D project “RoboShot@FRC - Sistema Robotizado para Projeção Otimizada de Betão Reforçado com fibras em túneis ferroviários”, reference POCI-01-0247-FEDER-047075, co-financed by FEDER, through Operational Competitiveness and Internationalization Program (COMPETE 2020), in the following conditions:

 

Scientific Area: Civil Engineering or related fields

 

Recipient category: The BIPD are intended for doctorates in the area of Civil Engineering or related fields, who cumulatively meet the following requirements:

  • Holders of a PhD degree obtained in the three years prior to the date of submission of the grant application;
  • Have carried out the research work that led to the attribution of a PhD degree in an entity other than the host unit (Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering, ISISE);
  • Do not exceed, with the conclusion of the contract in question, including possible renewals, a cumulative period of three years in this type of grant, consecutive or interpolated.

Candidates who do not cumulatively meet the requirements described will be excluded.

 

Applicants eligibility: Applicants must comply with the eligibility conditions laid down in article 9 of the Research Grants Regulation of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2019).

 

Application deadline and submission: The call for applications is open from 05/01/2022 to 19/01/2022.

Applications must be sent exclusively by e-mail to barros@civil.uminho.pt, with the subject “Edital BI-ISISE-UMINHO-POCI-01-0247-FEDER-047075-B6”, with the following documents:

  • Elements of the National Identity Card/Citizen Card/Passport/Visa/Title of Residence;
  • Curriculum Vitae of the candidate, in Portuguese or in English;
  • Certificates of the academic degree(s) or the candidate's declaration of honor (if applicable);
  • Motivation letter, in Portuguese or in English;
  • Letters of recommendation (if applicable);
  • Other documents considered relevant to the assessment of the scientific and professional path.

The academic degrees and diplomas documents, or their respective recognition when awarded by foreign higher education institutions are not mandatory in the application phase, being replaced by a declaration of honour of the candidate with the contents of academic results. The documents of academic qualification or respective recognition will be required in the contracting phase and must attest facts that occurred on a date prior to the application. In situations of divergence between the information contained in the declaration and the documentation submitted for contracting the grant, only the information contained in the latter will be consider. If the documents proving the ownership of the academic degree and diploma, or the respective recognition under the terms of Decree-Law No. 66/2018, of August 16, do not correspond to the classifications awarded in the evaluation of the academic path, which can change the candidate's ranking, the grant won’t be contracted.

 

Grant duration: The research grants will last for 12 months, with a provisional start on February, 2022. The grants may be eventually renewed until the end of the project and/or applicable legislation.

 

Workplan and objectives to be achieved:

  • Researcher 1: Development of a constitutive model for the simulation of the material nonlinear behaviour of fibre reinforced shotcrete, and its implementation in the software based on the finite dlement method, FEMIX (month 1 to 9); this model should simulate explicitly the cracks and consider the fibre reinforcement mechanisms, by adopting solid finite elements and layered shell finite element; Assessment of the predictive performance of the model (month 9 to 12).
  • Researcher 2: Integrate the constitutive model for the simulation of the material nonlinear behaviour of fibre reinforced shotcrete into the module of dynamic analysis in order to simulate the dynamic nonlinear material behaviour of railway tunnels strengthened by a fibre reinforced shotcrete layer (month 1 to 9); assessment of the predictive model (month 9 to 12).
  • Researcher 3: development and implementation in the FEMIX computer program of a model to simulate the nonlinear behaviour of a soil and roch systems of typical tunnels of Portuguese railway tunnels (month 1 to 9); assessment of the predictive performance of the model (month 9 to 12).

 

Host/Contracting institution and scientific supervision: The workplan will be carried out at ISISE - Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering - of the Civil Engineering Department, School of Engineering of the University of Minho, located in the city of Guimarães, under the scientific supervision of Professors Joaquim António Oliveira Barros and Tiago Filipe Silva Miranda and Doctor Vítor Manuel Couto Fernandes Cunha.

 

Selection Panel:

The Selection Panel is composed by the following elements:

  • President: Doctor Joaquim António Oliveira Barros, Full Professor, ISISE, University of Minho.
  • Effective members: Doctor Tiago Filipe Silva Miranda, Assistant Professor, ISISE, University of Minho, and Doctor Vítor Manuel Couto Fernandes Cunha, Assistant Researcher, ISISE, University of Minho.
  • Substitute member: Doctor Eduardo Nuno Borges Pereira, Assistant Professor, ISISE, University of Minho.

If the President of the Selection Panel is unavailable, he/she shall be replaced by the first effective member. The first substitute member will replace the effective member.

The Selection Panel, including the President, undertake the commitment to respect a set of responsibilities essential to the evaluation process, such as the duties of impartiality, of stating any potential situations of conflict of interest and confidentiality.

 

Disclosure of results: The evaluation results, based on minutes, will be sent to the candidates by e-mail.

If the result is not in favour of the applicant, he/she has a period of 10 working days to comment the results, if he/she wishes it so, in the context of a prior hearing with the interested parties, under the terms of article 121 and 122 of the Administrative Procedure Code (DL nº 4 / 2015 of January 7).

 

Complaint and appeal procedures: The final results of the evaluation will be sent by e-mail to all candidates, enclosing for that purpose, the minutes of the Selection Panel deliberations.

The selected candidate must indicate, in writing, the intention to accept the grant. In case of rejection, the grant will be awarded to the next candidate in the ordered list of candidates.

The candidates ranked in the next positions on the ordered list will be included in a selection reserve list, which is valid for a period of three months.

The final decision can be contested, having 15 working days for this purpose, by sending to the President of the Selection Panel the corresponding claim. Interested parties may also submit an optional hierarchical appeal, addressed to Mr. Pro-Rector of the University of Minho for Scientific Projects and Research Management.

 

Grant contracting: The grant will be attributed by signing a fellowship contract between the University of Minho and the fellow, accordingly with the contract minute (annex IV of the Regulation of Research Grants of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in Diário da República, 2nd Série, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021.

The contract may only be concluded after all the documentation required is collected, which must take place within a maximum period of 6 months.

Once all the documentation has been received, the contracting entity has a period of 60 working days to conclude the scholarship contract. Once received, the fellow must return the contract duly signed within 15 working days.

The activities under the grant contract can only began after proper authorization by the contracting entity.

 

Exclusivity regime: The grantee will perform the activities under exclusivity, as foreseen in article 5º of the Research Fellow Statutes and applicable regulations.

 

Term and cancellation of grant contracts: Without prejudice to the other causes provided the grant regulations and in the Statute of the Research Fellow, the grant ends with the completion of the work plan, as well as with the expiration date for which it was granted or renewed.

At the end of the grant, the grantee is obliged to present a Final Report of the work carried out, in accordance with the objectives and evaluation criteria defined with the scientific advisor, within 30 days after the end of the scholarship.

The final report must be prepared in accordance with Annex I of the Scientific Research Grants Regulation of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in Diário da República, 2nd Série, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021.

 

Applicable legislation and regulations: Research Grant Holder Statutes, approved by Law no. 40/2004 of August 18, in its current version published by Decree-Law no. 123/2019 of august 28; Regulation of Scientific Research Grants of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in “Diário da República”, 2nd series, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021 and Regulation of Research Studentships and Grants (RBI) of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. - in force.

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Benefits

Amount of the research grant: The value stipend (Monthly Maintenance Allowance) is 1646 euros in accordance with the stipends values published by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT I.P.) in the country (Annex I – Monthly Stipends Values for the maintenance allowances of the FCT Regulation for Research Studentships and Fellowships) and Annex II of the Regulation of Scientific Research Grants of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in “Diário da República”, 2nd series, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021, according to the applicable regulation.

Payments are made by bank transfer on the 23rd of each month to the account identified by the grant holder.

 

Other benefits: Reimbursement of Voluntary Social Security (Social Security contributions), corresponding to the 1st level of discounts and Personal Accident Insurance.

Selection process

The evaluation of applications will focus on the Candidate's Merit, following evaluation criteria, valued on a scale of 1 to 5 points:

 

Candidate’s Merit - CM (100%):

 

In the Candidate Merit (CM) assessment the following parameters and assessment criteria are considered with the respective weights:

 

CP – Scientific and technological production, cultural or artistic, and activities of applied research, obtained by the formula 0,40PQ + 0,40PV + 0,20AI. PQ corresponds to the quantitative evaluation of publications in ISI/SCOPUS journals: in the development of software for solving engineering problems, with special emphasis on the finite element method, PQ = up to 100 points; publications in related fields, PQ = up to 60 points; publications in other fields, PQ = 0 points. PV corresponds to the qualitative assessment of 3 articles to be provided by the candidate, PV = up to 100 points. AI corresponds to the evaluation of applied research activities or based on the practice of developing software for the simulation of physical or engineering phenomena, AI = up to 100 points; activities in related fields, AI = up to 60 points; activities in other areas, AI = 0 points – with a weighting of 80%.

ML – Motivation Letter, describing the relevance of the scientific experience for the position and personal career goals: ML = up to 100 points – with a weighting of 20%.

 

The final classification of the Candidate’s Merit (CM) will be obtained by applying the following formula:

CM = 0,80CP + 0,20ML

Additional comments

You can find the Portuguese version of the application, templates for the declaration of honour, contract and final report at:

https://www.isise.net/site/index.php?module=publicPages&target=details&id=19

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: PhD or equivalent

Skills/Qualifications

The BIPD are intended for doctorates in the area of Civil Engineering or related fields, who cumulatively meet the following requirements:

  • Holders of a PhD degree obtained in the three years prior to the date of submission of the grant application;
  • Have carried out the research work that led to the attribution of a PhD degree in an entity other than the host unit (Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering, ISISE);
  • Do not exceed, with the conclusion of the contract in question, including possible renewals, a cumulative period of three years in this type of grant, consecutive or interpolated.

Candidates who do not cumulatively meet the requirements described will be excluded.

Work location(s)
3 position(s) available at
Universidade do Minho - ISISE
Portugal
Guimarães

EURAXESS offer ID: 725474

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