1 (One) Research Fellowship for Masters/MSc. - Project WoW - Application period: September, 20 to October, 3, 2022

    Institute of Systems and Robotics - Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    03/10/2022 23:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Coimbra




Job: 1 (One) Research Fellowship for Masters/MSc.

Main research field: Engineering

Sub research field: Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physical Engineering or similar areas.

Application period: 20th September to 3rd October, 2022


Job description:

The Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra (ISR-UC) opens the call for applications for one (1) Research Fellowship for Masters/MSc. in the scope of the Industrial R&D Project: WoW - Wireless biOmonitoring stickers and smart bed architecture: toWards Untethered Patients, financed by the European Fund for Regional Development, within the scope of the CENTRO-01-0247-FEDER-045931 call and by public funds from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.


Project Description:

Electronic skin (e-skin) patches that adhere to the human epidermis and collect physiological and behavioral data, are potentially transformative in digital health through wireless patient monitoring. Such patches can be used to identify physiological and emotional responses through the collection and classification of diverse multimodal data, including heart, muscle and brain activities (ECG/EMG/EEG respectively), respiration rate, body temperature, contractions during pregnancy, IR Response, blood oxygen, sweat analysis, body motion, and emotional state through Galvanic Skin Response (GSR). When a diverse range of data is fed into a classification algorithm, one may discover new digital biomarkers, i.e. correlations between the physiological data, and various health conditions.

Building upon the existing materials architecture and fabrication methods, WoW proposes to move on to the next step, i.e. application of this technology for patient care with the goal of hassle-free wireless patient monitoring, towards untethering the patients from the hospital bed, and from the hospital itself to foster domiciliary hospitalization. As such, WoW proposes a novel architecture centered on a series of biomonitoring stickers for patients, including fully untethered, simple and very low-cost printed stickers (0.5-20€ depending on the application). In this architecture, patient´s beds will have a central role. An ad-hoc smart IoT unit will be embedded in the beds, as part of an IoT infrastructure that connects to several biomonitoring stickers at one end and to the Hospital Information System (HIS) on the other end. The bed-sticker connection is not limited to data acquisition and transmission, but also enables energy transfer through near field and far field wireless energy harvesting via printed coils and antennas on the stickers.


Scientific Area: Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physical Engineering or similar areas.


Admission requirements: Masters/MSc. in the areas of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physical Engineering or similar areas, expected to be enrolled in a doctoral program or a non-degree course in Portugal. Applicants with academic degrees obtained abroad will be required to present a Certificate of Recognition in accordance with applicable law.

Work Plan: The selected candidate will work on development, testing and validation of printed biomonitoring patches, and the clinical pilot study.

Composition of the jury:

President – Professor Doctor Aníbal Traça de Almeida

Members - Professor Doctor Mahmoud Tavakoli, Doctor David Bina Siassipour Portugal.


Workplace: The workplace is located at the Institute of Systems and Robotics, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rua Sílvio Lima, University of Coimbra – Pólo II, 3030-290, Coimbra.


Duration of the scholarship: The scholarship will last for 6 months, with the possibility of renewal during the duration of the project, according to the grantee's performance, on an exclusive basis, according to FCT's advanced human resources training regulation.


Monthly Remuneration: The amount of the grant is 1.144,64 €, according to the internal scholarship rules of ISR for scientific research, plus social security (Seguro Social Voluntário, first level contributions) and personal accidents insurance. This amount will not be increased during the entire period of the grant duration.


Selection Method: Curricular evaluation (100%). If the Jury deems it necessary, an interview may be held with the candidates placed in the first two positions according to the ordering resulting from the previous criteria. In this case, the final score will include the curricular evaluation (as described above), valued at 75%, and the interview, valued at 25%. If none of the candidates has the appropriate profile (overall assessment below 50%), the scholarship will not be awarded.


Selection criteria:

a) Curricular Evaluation

Criterion 1. Absolute merit of the candidate, considering his/her performance in the master's and bachelor/licentiate degree, or integrated master's degree (50%);

Criterion 2. Knowledge of materials for stretchable electronics, conductive composites, liquid metals, and methods for fabrication of these circuits, including patterning and printing, Knowledge on biomedical measurement systems, and biomonitoring signals and devices (50%);

b) Interview (should it occur)

Criterion 1. Motivation to work on the project (50%);

Criterion 2. Competence in the oral response to questions on the selection criteria subjects. Appropriate spoken English skills will be valued (50%).


Formalization of applications: Applications must be sent in pdf format to the following e-mail address, lara@isr.uc.pt, with the subject: WoW-MSc-IoT-Fellowship/6, with CC to mahmoud@isr.uc.pt. The following documentation must be sent:

  1. Copy of the certificate (s) of academic qualifications.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV). Should include the academic qualifications with the mean overall final classification in the courses, the Master dissertation title, and relevant experience in the selection criteria.
  3. Letter of presentation and application. Should include the candidate’s motivation to do a PhD in this field.
  4. Non-degree course or Ph.D. enrollment proof. If the candidate is not yet enrolled in a PhD or non-degree course in Portugal, he/she must provide a written document, declaring his/her commitment to enroll in a PhD in Electrical Engineering in case he/she is the selected candidate, until the date of signature of the scholarship contract.
  5. Recommendation Letter (optional).

Applicants with academic degrees obtained abroad will be required to present a Certificate of Recognition in accordance with applicable law.


Deadline for formalizing the application: 3rd October, 2022


Form of publicity / notification of the results: The results of the evaluation will be publicized, through a list ordered by the final grade obtained, with the candidates being notified by email. After the dissemination of the results through e-mail, the candidates must consider themselves, from the outset, notified to, if they wish, express themselves in a prior hearing within a maximum period of 10 working days after that date. At the end of this period, the selected candidate must consider himself summoned to start the scholarship.



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