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Unique identifier: 5ce26e3d-16f6-4725-9c88-cc6eaae2b729

1. Descrição do cargo/posição/bolsa
1. Job description

BPD | Project PTDC/QEQ-QAN/6373/2014 -Materials Science, Chemistry

Job/Fellowship Reference: BPD | Project PTDC/QEQ-QAN/6373/2014 -Materials Science, Chemistry

Main research field: Not available

Sub research field:

Job summary:

A research grant, for holders of Doctoral degree, is opened at CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials,  financed by FEDER Funds through the Operational Program of the Project PTDC/QEQ-QAN/6373/2014, and by National Funds (PIDDAC) through FCT/MCTES under the project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016833, under the following conditions:

Job description:

Research fields: Materials Science, Chemistry

Admission Requirements:

- Prospective applicants should hold a PhD in Chemistry, Materials science, or related fields and less than 3 years after conclusion of the PhD;

- Demonstrated competencies in synthesis and characterization of materials;

- Good English communication skills (oral + written) are necessary;

- Relevant publications in the field of Materials science.


Job description: A postdoctoral position is available in Materials Science at CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro. We are looking for candidates with self-initiative and a strong background in the synthesis and study of inorganic or hybrid materials, preferably, porous silica for CO2 capture. The candidate is expected to carry out independent scientific work, including the use of several characterization techniques of materials; solid-state NMR and powder X-ray diffraction will also be key techniques in this postdoctoral program. The main objective of the project lies in obtaining atomic-level insights on surface interactions between these materials and various gas species formed upon adsorption of strategically prepared gas mixtures that mimic industrial flue gas streams relevant in post-combustion CO2 capture applications.


Activity Outline: The project focuses on the preparation and modification of mesoporous silica/carbon materials using distinct synthesis strategies with potential in gas capture and separation applications. A key aspect of the project will be the elucidation of CO2 adducts formed at the material surface employing partial CO2 gas pressures close to post-combustion CO2 capture applications. Physi- and chemisorbed gas speciation will be studied in distinct nanoporous organic-inorganic hybrid material systems available at CICECO institute. Various materials will be strategically post-synthetically modified to favor the formation of distinct surface gas species in order to obtain a better atomic level understanding about the nature of the gas species formed. The study of surface species derived from flue gas contaminants is also envisaged. Good organizational and communication skills are required to report the results to team members.

Facilities & Aveiro City: The successful candidate will take advantage of an interdisciplinary environment with privileged access to a wide range of equipment: multiple solid-state characterization spectrometers including 6 liquid/solid-state NMR spectrometers [Liquids: 300 and 500 MHz; Solids: 400, 500, 700 and 800 MHz magnets] with Bruker AV III HD consoles and a wide range of probes. A number of powder/single-crystal X-ray diffractometers and multiple microscopes (TEM/STEM, SEM, HRTEM). The lab is equipped with shared computer clusters containing several compiled codes to perform advanced computational studies. Aveiro city is a University town located between the two major capitals (Porto & Lisbon) and has a very high-quality of life with great weather and food, beautiful lagoons and stunning beaches along its coastline.

Place of work and supervision: The work will be carried out at CICECO –Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal, under the supervision of Dr. Luís Mafra and Dr. Mariana Sardo.

Duration: The fellowship will have a duration of 5 months on an exclusivity basis, eventually extendable until the end of the project, and is expected to begin in October 2019.

Salary: 1509,80 Euros/month (tax free) according to the official table for Research Grants from FCT (www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores). The periodicity of the fellowship's payment is monthly and via bank transfer.

Legislation and Regulations: Law no. 40/2004, of 18 August (Statute of the Scientific Research Fellow) in the wording in force on the date of the entry into force of Decree-Law No. 123/2019, of 28 August, in light of the transitional rule of article 4. Of the latter law; Foundation for Science and Technology Research Fellowship Regulations (https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/docs/RegulamentoBolsasFCT2018.pdf) and the University of Aveiro Science Research Fellowships Regulation - Regulation No. 341/2011, published in Diário da República, 2nd Series, No. 98, of May 20th. ”

Call Start and Finish Dates:: The period for application is open from 08 to 21 of October of 2019.

Evaluation Criteria and Process: 

i) Relevance and quality of previous experience/work of interest for this project (40-60%);

ii) Analysis of publications (20-40%);

iii) The two candidates with better classification will be invited to an interview in case the Jury considers it necessary (0-20%).

All eligible candidates will be ordered consecutively in terms of relative merit. Only candidates with a relative merit equal or higher than 16 (out of 20) will be considered for selection. The jury reserves the right to not fill the position in case no candidate meets all the admission requirements. All candidates will be informed about the results by email.

Jury Composition: The Jury responsible for the evaluation process is composed by: Luís Mafra, João Rocha and Mariana Sardo.

Documents Required: i) Application letter mentioning the contacts of two or three references; ii) Curriculum Vitae; iii) Academic degree certificate(s).

Applications should be sent by email to Mariana Sardo (msardo@ua.pt) within the time frame of the call.

Vacant posts: 1

Type of contract: Information not available

Job country: Portugal

Job city: Aveiro

Job company/institute: Universidade de Aveiro

Application deadline: 21 Outubro 2019
(The Application's deadline must be confirmed on the Job Description)

2. Dados de contactos da organização
2. Organization contact data

Organization/institute: CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials | Universidade de Aveiro

Campus Universitário de Santiago
Aveiro - 3810–193

Email: ciceco@ua.pt

Website: http://www.ciceco.ua.pt/

3. Habilitações académicas
3. Required education Level

4. Línguas exigidas
4. Required languages

5. Experiência exigida em investigação
5. Required research experience