CALL FOR A POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER HIRING UNDER ARTCLE 19 FROM DECREE-LAW NR 57/2016, OF 29th AUGUST, ALTERED BY LAW NR 57/2017, OF 19thJULY
Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica (ISR) - Coimbra opens a call to hire a Postdoctoral Researcher corresponding to the initial level according to the Applicable Regulation, under an Unfixed-term contract under Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT) – Call nr. 02/SAICT/2017 - Projeto de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT), funded by Investment and Structural European Funds (FEEI) - Programa Operacional Regional do Centro and National Funds (FCT) under the research project nº. 31784, “Electronic Skin over Epidermis for wearable bio-monitoring” (DERMOTRONICS).
• Decree-Law no. 57/2016, from 29th August, altered by Law no. 57/2017, from 19th July, that approves a Doctoral Hiring regime to stimulate Scientific and Technological Employment in all knowledge areas (RJEC).
• Portuguese Labor Law, approved by Law no. 7/2009, from 12th February in its current writing.
• Regulatory Decree No. 11-A / 2017, of 29th December.
1. Goals and research topics to develop: This project aims to fabricate and test stretchable biomonitoring e-skin that bonds over the human epidermis and measures human bio-signals. This can be used for continuous monitoring of human health through acquisition of vital signals such as heart rate (Electrocardiography-ECG and Pulse Oximetry), Respiration, brain signals(Electroencephalography-EEG), and Stress level through Galvanic Skin Response(GSR). This can be also used as a tool for self-rehabilitation at home through serious games by muscle activity monitoring (Electromyography-EMG). The thin film stretchable e-skin conforms to the dynamic morphology of the human skin, thus it conforms and stretches along with the epidermis while measuring the bio-signals.
Several ultrathin and stretchable functional layers are fabricated by an additive lamination process, including a medical graded skin interface layer, bio-sensing electrodes layer, stretchable interconnect layers with integrated electronics chips, and thin film energy storage layer. The goal is to seamlessly pack all these layers in a thin and ready-to-apply adhesive patch.
DERMOTRONICS involves project leaders and scientists with expertise in MEMS, Microfluidics, Biomedical Instrumentation, polymers, printed electronics, and counts as well on the active collaboration with worldwide recognized Soft Materials Laboratory of the Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Departments of Electrical and Chemical Engineering of University of Coimbra.
2. Members of the Jury: According to article no. 13 from RJEC, the jury is composed by Mahmoud Tavakoli (President of the jury and Responsible for the Project), Anibal T. de Almeida (Co-Responsible for the Project) and Jorge Fernando Jordão Coelho (all PhD’s).
3. Start Date and workplace: The contract is expected to start in December 2019. The activities will be developed at ISR-Coimbra facilities (Pole II) and/or other necessary locations to their execution.
4. Monthly remuneration: Gross monthly Remuneration is 2.128,34 Euros in accordance with subsection a), section 1, article 15 from Law no. 57/2017, 19th July, and with the remuneration position at initial level predicted in article 2 of Regulatory Decree no. 11-A/2017, of 29th December, correspondent to level 33 at Tabela Remuneratória Única, approved by Order no. 1553-C/2008, 31st December.
5. Profile of Candidate: Any National, foreign and stateless candidate(s) that hold the following requirements can apply: • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Engineering, or related area;
Proven experience in One or more of the following areas:
• Electrical Circuit Design, Mechatronics, Signal Processing, Implementation, and test; • Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers, and Hydrogels;
• Electrochemistry; • Wireless near field or far field energy harvesting, and RFIDs;
• AI, Classification, and learning methods;
• Printed and Stretchable Electronics, e-skins or e-textiles.
Other skills which are not obligatory but count as a merit for the candidate:
• Previous experience on Microfluidic devices;
• Biomedical Signal Processing, EMG/EEG/ECG signal acquisition;
• Soft Robotics, Biomaterials, 3D printing.
• Proven Experience in preparation of scientific articles
• Good communication skills and capacity to organize, plan and conduct tasks of the project independently as well as present progress in national and international meetings;
• Proven capacity to independently guide non-graduate students and research fellows;
• Proficiency in spoken and written English, and ability to write scientific articles.
• Autonomy, critical mind, sensibility and motivation to work in a team, accustomed to work by goals and to fulfill deadlines.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In the event the PhD degree was awarded by a foreigner higher institution, the degree must comply with the provisions of Decree-Law no. 341/2007, 12th October, and all formalities established there must be fulfilled by applications deadline
6. Application process: The call is open from 30th September until 11th November 2019 (30 working days), and the application documents (indicated below) should be sent, in PDF format, to the emails firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, indicating the Reference of the position ISR-DERMOTRONICS-PD (mandatory):
a) Motivation Letter in English, including this announcement identification, full name, parents’ names, ID card, or Citizen Card number and date, or civil identification number, taxpayer ID number, date and place of birth, marital status, occupation, residence and contact address, including email address and telephone;
b) Detailed CV in English;
c) PhD Certificate;
d) ORCID/ Scopus/Research Gate identifiers if available
e) Contact of 2 references.
f) Not Obligatory: Proposal of a Research Plan that should include possible methodologies for the achievement of the objectives mentioned in point 1 (in English).
Note: The non-compliance with these requirements determines the immediate rejection of application.
6.1 False statements provided by the candidates shall be punished by law.
6.2 ISR-Coimbra promotes a non-discrimination and equal access policy, wherefore no candidate can be privileged, benefited, impaired or deprived of any rights whatsoever, or be exempt of any duties based on their ancestry, age, sex, sex-ual preference, marital status, family and economic conditions, instruction, origin or social conditions, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, origin territory, language, religion, politi-cal or ideological convictions and union membership.
6.3 Pursuant to Decree-Law nr 29/2001 of 3rd February, disabled candidates shall be preferred in a situation of equal classification, and said preference supersedes any legal preferences. Candidates must declare, on their honour, their respective disability degree, type of disability and communication / expression means to be used during selection period on their application form, under the regulations above.
ISR reserves the right to admit none of the candidates.
7. Evaluation criteria: The admitted applications will be evaluated taking into account the quality, timeliness and relevance of the scientific track record (scientific production and research experience) and curriculum of each candidate and their adequacy to the proposed work plan.
First phase: Curriculum Analysis (60%), analysis of proposed Research Plan (30%) and Motivation Letter (10%).
Second phase: The jury will select for the interview those candidates who have obtained a score equal or higher than 60% of the maximum score of the first phase. If there are no applications of candidates whose classification score, at the end of the two phases, is not at least 60%, the jury has the right of not selecting any of the candidates. In the event of a tie, the decision will be responsibility of the president of the jury.
In the case of foreign candidates residing outside Portugal, the interview will be con-ducted by videoconference.
Final Evaluation Mark: is calculated as the Final Mark of the First phase (50%) and Final mark of the second phase (50%)
7.1 After evaluation of all admitted applications, the jury will write a meeting mi-nute with all process of recruitment, evaluation and selection including an or-dered short list of approved candidates and their respective classification and final decision of the jury.
7.2 The final decision of the jury shall be validated by the Head of the Institution, who is also in charge of deciding about the hiring.
8. Results: Both admitted and excluded candidates list and final classification list shall be posted at ISR facilities (Pinhal de Marrocos, Polo II, Coimbra) and all candidates will be notified by email.
9. Preliminary Hearing and Final Decision Deadline: Pursuant to article 121 of the Administrative Procedure Code, after notified, all candidates have 10 working days to respond. Panel’s final decisions are pronounced within a period of 90 days, from application deadline.
Coimbra, 20th September, 2019.