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29 Nov 2022

Job Information

Organisation/Company Associação para a Inovação de Desenvolvimento da FCT
Material Science
Research Field
Technology » Nanotechnology
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
Type of Contract
Not Applicable
Job Status
Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Reference Number
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

Research work Plan

The project aim is to explore the employment of two types of memristors as part of reflect-array tunable antenna elements for the first time. Memristor concepts have been previously considered for the purpose of achieving tunability in microwave components, e.g., tunable filters, phase shifters and RF switches. Applying a memristor-based switch improves energy-efficiency, since it requires zero hold voltage for the operation.

In the scope of the current research proposal, the candidate will be involved closely with project team members to design and implement experiments to optimize the deposition and patterning processes of non-volatile RF switches.

Main subject of the first research grant (Scholarship nº1) is research on 2D material-based memristors. Project tasks start with the fabrication of 2D materials via solution processing. Layered materials, such as MoS2 and graphene, will be processed by liquid phase exfoliation. Furthermore, to improve uniformity, device-to-device and cycle-to-cycle variations, elaboration of inks, using printing techniques will be also explored in the scope of application of 2D materials.

The second scholarship (Scholarship nº2) is related to explore conductive bridge resistive switching memories (CBRAMs). In this regard, oxide multi-layer systems will be engineered taking advantage of the layer-by-layer growth of atomic layer deposition (ALD).

Next, the films will be characterized by means of FTIR, TG-DSC, UV-Vis absorption. Interface reactions will be studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). To pattern devices at the nanoscale, conventional photolithography will be used. Optimization of devices especially by reducing the device area will tremendously improve cut-off frequency. The target maximum frequency aims to surpass the 300 GHz barrier.

The electrical, and radio-frequency characterization of devices will be done by using probe stations, parameter analyzers, and Vector network analyzers.


The work will be carried out in CENIMAT|i3N labs at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (FCT-NOVA).

  • Research grant 1 (2D material memristor) under the scientific supervision team of Dr. Asal Kiazadeh, Dr. João Coelho and Dr. Emanuel Carlos. (Scholarship nº1)
  • Research grant 2 (CBRAMs) under scientific supervision team of Dr. Asal Kiazadeh, Dr. Pedro Barquinha and Dr. Jonas Deuermeier. (Scholarship nº2)

Fellowship duration:

The fellowship contract is for 12 months, renewable during the project duration, starting on February 15, 2023.

Application deadline and form of application submission:

Candidates can apply from 1/12/2022 to 15/1/2023.

Documentation to be provided upon application: the following documents attached in a single pdf file: (a) Curriculum Vitae, (b) certificate of qualifications (during the application phase, it can be replaced by a declaration of honor as stated in point n. 2) (c) Cover letter or other supporting documents relevant to the final assessment.

The selected candidate must be enrolled in a doctoral program or be eligible to enroll in them, having only to prove enrollment in the contracting phase.

Documentation to be provided under contract: Applications must be submitted by email to “, CC: (Dr. Asal Kiazadeh) indicating Application for TERRAMETA project” in the subject area. In case only one scholarship is fitted with the candidate profile, it can be mentioned in the subject (Scholarship nº1 or 2). If no, the candidate will be evaluated for both grant positions.

Applicable legislation and regulations:

Law No. 40/2004, of August 18, amended and republished by Decree-Law No. 202/2012 of August 27 (Statute of the Scientific Research Fellow) and amended by Decree-Law No. 233/2012 of October 29, by Law No. 12 /2013 of 29 January, by Decree-Law No. 89/2013, of 9 July and Decree-Law No. 123/2019, of 28 August; Regulation of Research Grants of – Association for Innovation and Development of FCT; Regulation of Research Grants of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. in force (;






Recipients profile/category:

Mandatory requirements: Candidates must have a master in Micro and Nanotechnologies Engineering, Materials Engineering, Electronics, Physics, chemical engineering, and similar areas. Priority will be with students owing skills include hands-on experience with solution processing and printing techniques or cleanroom processing namely thin film deposition and photolithography processes, as well as on electrical characterization. Excellent English written and verbal communication skills will be required for technical reporting and problem solving. Other necessary requirements: valid enrollment in a cycle of studies leading to obtaining the academic degree of doctor in ​​Microelectronics and Nanotechnology.For academic degrees conferred by a foreign higher education institution, it is mandatory to present a record of the recognition of the academic degree and the conversion of the final classification to the Portuguese scale, or alternatively, to obtain equivalence/recognition of the academic degrees, and a document of proof of permanent and usual residence in Portugal, if the candidate is a foreign citizen.

Additional Information


Monthly maintenance allowance amount:

The amount of the grant is € 1,144.64, with reference to the table of values of grants awarded directly by FCT, I.P. in Portugal, payment being made monthly by bank transfer. University fees are paid by the project.

Eligibility criteria

Selection criteria:

The selection methods to be used will be the following: A classification from 0 to 20 points will be awarded based on the following categories:

  1. Curricular assessment (35%)
  2. Relevant experience for the implementation of the project (15%)
  3. Results of interview (50 %)

In the first phase, categories A and B will be evaluated based on the written documentation submitted by the candidate (a total of 10 points may be awarded). The best classified candidates after the first phase (with a classification higher than 7 points) will be invited for the interview (category C). The scholarship may not be awarded if the candidates are of lower quality than required.

Selection process

Composition of the Selection Jury:

President of the Jury Dr. Asal Kiazadeh. Effective juries are, Dr. Emanuel Carlos and Dr. Jonas Deuermeier, substitute Juries, Dr. Pedro Barquinha and Dr. João Coelho.

Form of advertising/notification of results:

The evaluation results proposed by the jury will be notified, up to 30 days after the deadline for the submission of applications, by email, of the results proposed by the jury, with access to the minutes and the final ranking list.

After notification, candidates will have 10 working days to comment on the draft decision (prior hearing of interested parties, under the terms of the Code of Administrative Procedure). The final decision will be taken after the expiry of the prior hearing period, again notified to all candidates by e-mail. Of this final decision the candidates can file a complaint within 15 working days (to the e-mail address used for the notification), or a hierarchical appeal, within 30 working days, addressed to NOVA.ID.FCT's Board through the address

Additional comments


The drafts of: i) fellowship contract, ii) final report to be presented by the fellowship holder, iii) final report to be presented by the scientific advisor, and; iv) declaration on honor, can all be found on website da

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Work Location(s)

Number of offers available
CENIMAT|i3N labs at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (FCT-NOVA)
Postal Code

Where to apply



Campus de Caparica
Postal Code
2829-516 Caparica