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SMARTGYSUM-ESR12: "Develop of sustainable strategies for Net Zero Energy Buildings and User Energy Awareness using Smart Appliances"

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    NOVA University of Lisbon / NOVA School of Science and Technology
    EngineeringComputer engineering
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    12/01/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Portugal › Lisbon
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions



 Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) is one of the most prestigious Portuguese and European engineering and science public schools it is engaged in extensive research activity developed in 16 research centres. UNL has a broad expertise in cutting edge R&D+I due to its multidisciplinary nature and strong experience in fundamental and applied research projects. The entrepreneurial drive of the students and graduates of UNL, greatly potentiated by the curricular profile of school, has led to many successful spin-offs that transfer knowledge to the market and help create value and social impact. With a total of 630 academic staff (almost all holding a PhD) and 200 non-academic staff, UNL has internationally recognized professionals due to their high potential in R&D+I activities, with researchers awarded ERC grants (eight in total) and merit prizes. UNL has already been awarded with 32 projects in H2020 (~16,5€ million). This shows the visibility and competitiveness of the school at European and International level and strong experience in collaborative projects, working with partners from all over the world.

The Centre of Technology and Systems (CTS) addresses engineering systems with a cyber-physical dimension, including modeling and design, development of support technologies and methods, proposition of adequate governance models, application and assessment. Cognitive Cyber-Physical Systems: focusing on engineering systems with a cyber-physical dimension, including modeling and design, development of support technologies and methods, proposition of adequate governance models, application and assessment. CTS covers a wide spectrum of competences and seeks an interdisciplinary integration of these multiple knowledge areas to cover the whole range of abstraction layers, from smart devices to large and networked cognitive systems-of-systems.


 SMARTGYsum (SMART Green energY Systems and bUsiness Models) project groups together leading European Universities and Institutions (the consortium is composed by 13 universities and 14 companies/institutions) with the aim to implement a multidisciplinary and innovative research and training program, bringing to enable a new generation of Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to foster a New Green Energy Economy in Europe. ESR will acquire the knowledge, methods and skills across a wide range of disciplines around the Energy ecosystem, Renewable Electric Energy Systems and Business Models for the deployment of the Green Energy System. Trained ESR will have the technical and economical knowledge to break the barriers for the deployment of energy transition as market and social barriers (price distortion through externalities, low priority of energy issues, split incentives); financial barriers (investment, high up-front costs, lack of access to capital); information failures (lack of awareness, knowledge and competence); or regulatory barriers (restrictive procurement rules).

UNL/CTS invite applicants for a PhD Fellowship in Green Energy Systems to research in Develop of sustainable strategies for Net Zero Energy Buildings and User Energy Awareness using Smart Appliances.

The research topic will be contextualized in WP-5 Green Economy Models and Management Systems, being supervised by João Martins and co-supervised by Luis Camarinha-Matos and Giovanni Petrone, and with a complementary secondments in Universita degli Studi di Salerno (Italy) and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy).

The student will acquire expertise in interdisciplinary fields, gaining through this training program a set of skills that are highly appreciated by semiconductor corporations, providing him/her a valuable expertise background for a future career in the green energy industry.

The ESR will take part in the whole researching process, starting with the proposal of new ideas, going from the design to the experimental validation of prototypes in the laboratory and industry facilities, and finishing with the developing of the business models.


 The position is in the frame of a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) action for Early Stage Researchers within the project SMARTGYsum (Research and Training Network for Smart and Green Energy Systems and Business Models). ESR12 fellow to be recruited in March 2022. The grant covers up to 3 years (contract will be for 1 year with renewing possibility) of full time research according to salary table established in the grant for Portugal.


 For consideration, interested applicants should submit the required information by completing the form in https://www.smartgysum.eu/Home/Apply based on the instructions given. An attached document must be uploaded containing at least the degree certificate, the curriculum vitae, a letter of interest and contact details of two references. All documentation should be in English and merged in a single PDF document. Please, note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

For further information, please contact Dr. Eva Gonzalez-Romera (recruitment@smartgysum.eu) for questions about application procedure or João Martins (jf.martins@fct.unl.pt) for questions about research objectives.


 Wednesday, the 12th of January 2022.

More Information


SMARTGYsum project is aimed to train 15 creative and innovative researchers in the field of green energy system and business models. It will incorporate multidisciplinary knowledge, covering Power Electronics, Electric Engineering, Material Sciences, ICT, Data Sciences, Value Chains, Finance and Investments, Management of Energy Markets, Economical and Policy instruments.

The researchers trained in this network will be able to convert state-of-the art knowledge and ideas into new products for economic and social benefit and promoting the energy transition.

As a trained researcher you will have many opportunities to develop an industrial career in any part of the world, but especially in the EU. You will be trained in electric, power electronic and ITC technologies and in business models, and have a secondment in a complimentary training environment as part of your assignments.

You also will be in a very good position to join R+D departments of Energy Companies and to apply for a postdoc position in any of the top EU academic institutions. You will have a balance knowledge of Technology and Business Models, and a set of relevant scientific publications, a PhD Degree (If possible, a Double PhD Degree, International or Industry mention will be established) and, potentially, International patents.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must satisfy the eligibility conditions for MSCA Early Stage Researchers, i.e., they must have obtained their master’s degree in the past 4 years and must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in Portugal for more than 12 months in the past 3 years. Applications of candidates not fulfilling these eligibility conditions will not be considered.

Be eligible to enroll or be enrolled in the University PhD program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (https://www.fct.unl.pt/en/education/course/phd-electrical-and-computer-e...)

Selection process

Applications will be marked and ranked according to the Academic curriculum, Research activities and Technical and transversal skills. Best candidates could be interviewed using an on-line conference system

Additional comments


  •  An Initial Research Project (IRP) will be assigned to the ESR at the beginning of the fellowship. The ESR will have the responsibility of executing all the tasks described in the IRP, which will involve research and organization tasks, mobility requirements, milestone accomplishments and deliverable submission.
  • Enroll in the PhD program in Electrical and Computer Engineering Doctoral program at NOVA School of Science and Technology / NOVA University of Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal, and carry out all the activities required to make a high-quality PhD dissertation within the expected timeframe. Publications in high impact-factor international journals are expected.
  • COVID-19’s outbreak: on-site presence at the recruitment institution will be required if health recommendations authorize it

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Offer Requirements

    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


Applicants are required to have an excellent academic background with a master’s degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or any other related discipline, with skills in Energy, Power Electronics or ICT. Applicants who are in the final phase of their master’s degree are also encouraged to apply but have to complete the master before starting the fellowship.

Motivation and potential for research activities. Ability to work independently and in a team. Be innovative and creative. Keep an open mind.

Expertise with the following topics: Energy management, IoT, grid services, renewables.

Expertise with the following engineering tools and programming languages: Simulation tools (Matlab, CAD design) and microcontroller programing.

Prior experience on any of these topics will be valued: laboratory-related activities (planning, setting up and conducting hardware experiments, making measurements, collecting results).

Specific Requirements

Excellent English language skills (both oral and written). English level certification B2 will be a plus if English is not the native language.

Optional PORTUGUESE (intermediate). 

Publications in international journals/conferences will be valued.

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EURAXESS offer ID: 722492


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