Scholarship BIL (Bolsa Licenciado)

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    Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território da Universidade de Lisboa
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    12/08/2022 19:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Lisboa


A research position for 1 (one) Research Grant ("Bolsa de Licenciado") is open at Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território, financed by the programmatic budget of the Centro de Estudos Geográficos (UIDP/00295/2020).

Reference: CEG-M2-2022

Scientific Area: Geography.

Specific Scientific Area: Physical Geography.

Admission Requirements:

Graduates in Geography or in related areas that are enrolled in Master's programs at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon (IGOT-ULisboa).

The candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Degree in Geography, or related areas;
  • Be enrolled in a Master's program at IGOT-ULisboa;
  • Good knowledge of remote sensing, in particular in techniques of classification of very high resolution multispectral images;
  • Knowledge of photogrammetry and modeling from images obtained with drones;
  •  Experience using GIS software (ARCGIS or QGIS);
  • Possess good knowledge of Portuguese and English.

Eligibility of candidates

Applicants must meet the eligibility conditions provided for in article 9 of the FCT IP Research Grant Regulation (Regulation No. 950/2019, published in Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 241 on December 16th, 2021).

Project Summary:

Recent dynamics of the marshes and tidal flats of the Tagus Estuary and Ria de Aveiro: erosion and impact on contaminant flows

The Tagus estuaries and Ria de Aveiro have a long history of occupation with strong impacts on the riverbanks and on the dynamics and quality of its waters. Industrial activity was a very important, especially in the second half of the 20th century, contributing to high levels of contamination, especially by heavy metals. the marshes and tidal shallows are among the estuarine units that accumulated the most contaminants during this period, still finding concentrations far above the levels tolerable by living organisms. With the rise in sea level and the changing economic activities and dynamics in the use of the estuary, there have been verified significant changes in the salt marshes and tidal shallows, which are still not well characterized. In particular, the details of the erosion rates and impacts on contaminant flows from deposits sediments, for the waters of the estuary in the last decades, nor its future behavior. This scholarship will aim to characterize the changes on the fronts of salt marshes and tidal flats in the Tagus Estuary and Ria de Aveiro, using historical aerial photographs, digital orthophotomaps, satellite images and drone aerial surveys. Erosion rates and of satisfaction in recent decades. Sampling data from contaminants collected in recent years, as well as new samples in key sites, to calculate the evolution of contaminant flows along the time. Modeling of the shoreline evolution will also be applied, in order to identify areas with the greatest potential for releasing contaminants, providing guidelines for the application of measures to mitigate the their potential impact.

Work objectives:

The work plan of the scholarship holder to be hired is as follows:

1 – Analysis of satellite images, orthophotomaps, historical aerial photography and aerial surveys with drone, with the objective of mapping the evolution of Marshes and tidal flats in selected sectors of the Tagus Estuary and Ria de Aveiro.

2 – Preparation of a spatial database of concentrations of contaminants from the Tagus Estuary and Ria de Aveiro.

3 – Determining the rates of change in the margins of salt marshes and shallows tide, with quantification of impacts for the flow of contaminants.

4 - Preparation of the Master's dissertation and an article based on the analysis of the results from points 1 to 3.

5 - Collaboration in EARTHLAB management tasks.

Applicable legislation and regulations

Research Fellowship Statute; Regulation of Research Grants of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. - in force and the Regulation of Research Grants from the University of Lisbon – in force.

Place of work:

The work will be carried out at the Center for Geographical Studies of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon, under the Scientific supervision of Prof. Gonçalo Vieira (Associate Professor at IGOT) and Doctor João Canário (Coordinating Researcher of the CQE/IST).

Duration: 12 months. The scholarship contract may eventually be renewed.

Start date: scheduled to start in 1st of October 2022, on an exclusive basis.

Monthly salary: 875,98€ according to the table of grant amounts awarded directly by FCT for positions held in Portugal (www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores ).

Selection criteria:

Curriculum evaluation (CE) comprises the following parameters:

- Curriculum Vitae (45%);

- Degree Classification (40%);

- Have good knowledge of Portuguese and English (5%);

- Motivation letter (10%).

The jury may, if it deems it necessary, call the candidates placed in the first 3 positions for an interview. In this case, the interview has a weight of 30%, added to the score obtained in the first selection phase, which will have a weight of 70%. The interview will take place at a date and time to be communicated to the candidates in due course.

The jury may not award any scholarship if the candidates do not correspond to the desired profile.


The selection panel for the applications for this scholarship is composed of the following elements:

  • President of the Jury: Doctor José Luís Zêzere, Full Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Lisbon;
  • 1st Effective Member: Doctor Gonçalo Brito Guapo Teles Vieira, Associate Professor the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon;
  • 2nd Effective Member: Doctor Carla Mora, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon;
  • 1st Alternate Member: Doctor Carlos Neto, Associate Professor C/Agregação do Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon;
  • 2nd Substitute Member: Doctor António Lopes, Associate Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon.


The final results of the evaluation will be communicated to the candidates through a notification sent to the email address indicated for this purpose. If the result is unfavorable to the granting of the requested scholarship, the candidates have a period of 10 working days to comment, wishing, in a prior hearing to interested parties, pursuant to Articles 121 and 122 of the Administrative Procedure Code (DL nº 4/2015 of January 7 and its changes).

The selected candidate must express in writing the intention to scholarship acceptance. In case of non-acceptance, the scholarship will be awarded to the candidate in order of final ranking.

Application deadline and form of submission of applications:


The call is open from 01st to 12th of August 2022.

Applications must be sent by email to bolsas-ceg@igot.ulisboa.pt, accompanied by the following documents:

  1. Application cover letter;

  2. Curriculum vitae;

  3. Certificate of Qualifications. Regarding the qualification certificate, if the degree has been obtained in a foreign institution, it must be recognized by a Portuguese institution in accordance with Decree-Law No. 66/2018, of  August 16th and Ordinance no. 33/2019, of January 25th, in its wording in force on the date of application;

  4. Proof of enrollment in a master's program;

  5. Other supporting documents considered relevant;

  6. Declaration of prior consent by electronic means.

Reference to the Call Ref.ª CEG-M2-2022 must be indicated in the subject of the application email.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território da Universidade de Lisboa
Edifício IGOT - Rua Branca Edmée Marques - Cidade Universitária

EURAXESS offer ID: 820527


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