Staff Researcher - Energy Harvesting for Sensor Networks International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL Portugal

Ref.11.16.83 – Staff Researcher - Energy Harvesting for Sensor Networks


Employer: Int. Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Contract Duration: Tenure track position with initial appointment for 4 years

Research Field:Micro and Nanofabrication

Career Stage: +10 years research experience after PhD

Job Type: Full Time

Closing Date: August 21st 2017, 23:00h Lisbon time

Salary: Competitive package and benefits



About INL

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory - INL (, was founded under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research and to deploy and articulate nanotechnology for the benefit of society. INL aims to become the world-wide hub for nanotechnology addressing society’s grand challenges with specific emphasis on Aging & Wellbeing, Mobility & Urban Living and a Safe & Secure Society.


The work undertaken by our research centre has a significant impact on people’s lives and societal benefit. The objective is to ensure that staff is employed on the basis of skills and requirements for the job and that there is a mutually beneficial relationship between INL’s expectations and the staff personal and professional career development. INL recruits from all over the world. We find the diversity and multiculturalism of our teams as well as family friendly working practices and benefits to be a great asset and an essential element in cultivating an attractive and inspiring workplace.




INL is seeking a high level qualified, motivated and experienced researcher to take responsibility for the activities concerning the development of materials and devices leading to energy harvesting solutions for distributed sensor networks, including powering sensors for “in-vivo” applications.


Job Requirements and Key Responsibilities

The selected candidate should be experienced in at least one energy harvesting system adequate for the operation inside a living organism, such as energy harvesting based in electrochemical reactions (generating electrical power from naturally occurring chemical reactions inside the body), and a combination of these with other energy harvesting solutions such as mechanical vibration based systems, radio-frequency based systems, etc. The energy harvesting solutions must be developed having in mind the complete sensing system, including low power electronics and communications. A strong collaboration with INL´s systems engineering unit is envisaged. The candidate should be capable of covering all the aspects required to develop a fully functional energy harvesting system: material growth, micro/nanofabrication, electrical characterisation of the devices and benchmarking with alternative systems, integration with other devices/electronic systems. Issues related to bio-compatibility (preventing damage induced in the devices by surrounding tissues and also preventing any damage from the device into the body) should be taken into account.


Desired Skills and Experience

-PhD in Physics, Physical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or other relevant subject is required;

-Over 10 years of active research after PhD;

-Previous experience in designing / fabricating energy harvesting systems, if possible for in-vivo biomedical applications;

-The candidate should have demonstrated capability of group leadership and project coordination;

-Applicants are also expected to have high quality publications in international journals and to be competitive in obtaining external research funding;

-Applicants with international mobility experience will be highly evaluated;

-Previous participation in collaborative international research projects is valued.



Personal Skills

Creative thinking, interested in applied science, willing to work in a team, communication, organizational and reporting skills.



English is the working language of INL. Therefore, excellent communication skills in English are required.


What we Offer

  • Tenure track position with initial appointment for 4 years. For candidates with an exceptional track record a tenured position may be granted.
  • Employment contract and competitive compensation package.
  • Employees will also benefit of the various social facilities available at INL.
  • International and highly competitive environment in contact with leading edge technology.


How to Apply

International candidates are welcome to apply.

The application is made online. Please click on the 'Apply' button below.

Interested applicants should submit: a single pdf file containing the candidate’s CV, a statement on research interest (2000 character maximum), a list of the 5 most relevant publications, the contact details of 3 references.

Bear in mind that incomplete applications, will not be considered for evaluation. The application language is in English.


Employment Agreement

If your application is successful and you accept our offer of employment you will receive the employment agreement and all other relevant documents. If you are relocating, you will be given assistance by the HR Office.


If Your Application is Not Successful

We highly value the interest shown from applicants wishing to become a part of the INL experience. It is important for us to maintain good communications with candidates. No matter the outcome of the application, we always send the applicant an answer.


Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

INL is an equal opportunity organisation, committed to providing equal career opportunities and firmly adheres to a principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issues.


Enquires should be made to:

The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice in order to improve the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.




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