CISUC - Centro de Informática e Sistemas da Universidade de Coimbra (UIDB/00326/2020) - Process 801502

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    Universidade de Coimbra
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/07/2022 23:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › coimbra




University of Coimbra opens a call for four research fellowships, in the framework of the research Center for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra (CISUC) reference: UIDB/00326/2020), financed by State Budget through the Foundation for Science and Technology, IP with national funds (PIDDAC in the following conditions:


Scientific area: Informatics Engineering and Design and Multimedia or similar


Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Informatics Engineering, Design and Multimedia, or similar enrolled in a Master Course in Informatics Engineering, Design and Multimedia. or similar .

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 the fellowship 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: Title: MPCS Serious Game Design and Development


MPCS main goal is to develop a cloud-based tool easily reachable through different platforms (mobile, tablet, or laptop), that allows the providing of training, exercising, assessment, and performance evaluation of marine pollution control.

MPCS is a tool for bame-based learning that allows:

- Training – skills development of students, first-responder teams and management teams with e-learning software: Simulation-Based Learning (SBL) and Computer-Based

Training (CBT)

- Exercising – scenario-based approach that allows individual and collective practicing,testing and experience acquisition and improvement;

- Performance assessment – MPCS allows the performance self-assessment by participants, comparing executed actions versus expected/reference actions, based on a discrete event model methodology.


Work Plan:

A1: Game Design of a multiplayer game for collective competence development under

simulated marine and coastal pollution scenarios;

A2: Model and validate a simulation of realistic marine scenarios with variable degrees of scale and interaction complexity, through a digital twin strategy;

A3: Rapid prototyping/editing of game scenarios: game flow, scenarios, storylines, and game art elements;

A4: Design and developing of a multiplayer interface for access from diverse platforms;

A5: Study of AR/VR, multitouch and tangible interface design options;

A6: Playtesting and learning assessment through observations, interviews, and gameplay logs;

A7: Development of gameplay data collection instruments for engagement, performance, and in-game learning analytics;

A8: Study of Procedural Content Generation techniques for modeling, generation, and testing of replayable coordination scenarios.


Regime: The attribution of the fellowship does not generate or entitle a relation of a legallabour 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: DEI-FCTUC at the University of Coimbra.

Duration: 3 months.

Renewal: Possibility.


Scientific orientation: Professor Licínio Gomes Roque


Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 875.98 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table

(https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en), plus 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 Evaluation (70%) and Interview (30%) .


Selection criteria: The evaluation of the CV (70%) will focus on:

A1 Curricular elements - weighted average Bachelor’s Degree (40%);

A2 Evidence of performance in technical areas and courses more aligned with the Work Plan (30%).


The evaluation of the Interview (30%) will focus on:

B1 Interest in acquiring knowledge and skills on the scholarship (20%);

B2 Capacity of analysis and critical sense, in the discussion of the plan and objectives (10%)


Jury responsible for selection: Professor Licínio Gomes Roque; Professor Jorge Carlos dos Santos Cardoso; Professor João Nuno Lopes Barata. Alternate Juror: Pedro José Mendes Martins


Formalization of application:

1.Detailed curriculum vitae including the list of grades obtained;

2. Previous work portfolio, projects or publications (optional);

3. Bachelor’s Degree Certificate;

4. The intention of enrolment in a Master Course (mentioned in the application) or Proof of registration in a Master Course (optional);

5.Declaration mentioned bellow.

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: email to carlalopes@dei.uc.pt and lir@dei.uc.pt (clearly indicating the reference CISUC-IS-801502)..

Submission of applications: Between 31/03/2022 and 15/07/2022.

Submission deadline date: 15/07/2022.


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: No

Work location(s)
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University of Coimbra

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