Research Associateship/Research Fellowship (BI) – Condensed Matter Theory International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL Portugal

INL is opening a Research Fellowship (BI) position to strengthen its research line in the Department of Quantum Materials, Science and Technology- QMST

The positionisco-fundedby the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (‘FCT’) and Fundo Europeu do Desenvolvimento Regional (‘FEDER’).

Ref: 12.17.171 Research Associateship/Research Fellowship (BI) – Condensed Matter Theory

Research Centre: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory - INL
Location: Braga, Portugal
Research Field: Condensed Matter Theory
Career Stage: MSc degree
Research fellowship duration: 6months
Opening date for applications: January 10th2018
Closing Date for applications: January 24th2018 23:00

About INL
The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory - INL (, is 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 deployment addressing society’s grand challenges with specific emphasis on Aging & Wellbeing, Mobility & Urban Living and a Safe & Secure Society.

The work undertaken by INL will have a significant impact on people’s lives as well as notably contribute to the development of the society at large. INL recruits from all over the world and the objective of our recruitment process is to ensure that staff are employed on the basis of skills and requirements for the job and that there are mutually beneficially relationships between INL’s expectations and the staff personal and professional career development. We value the diversity and multiculturalism of our teams. Further, our family friendly working practices and benefits are a great asset and an essential element in cultivating an attractive and inspiring workplace.

About the Project
INL is seeking a highly qualified, self-motivated person with a MSc degree in Physics or Chemistry, with emphasis in Nanoscience, and a background in Nanoelectronics and experience Computational Material Science, to carry out research within the ‘SR&TD’ PROJECT Large area two dimensional heterostructures for photodetectors PTDC/FIS-NAN/3668/2014led by Dr.Ricardo Ribeiro (U. Minho).

Department of QMST – Quantum Materials, Science and Technology
The Department of QMST works towards the understanding of both materials and energy exchange processes at the nano-scale, where the laws of nature are governed by quantum mechanics. Activities include experimental and theoretical research and development of 2D materials (e.g. graphene, transition metal di-chalcogenides, boron nitride, etc.), fabrication of devices based on 2D materials (e.g. biosensors and photodetectors), photovoltaic materials for advanced thin film solar cells (e.g. Cu(In,Ga)Se2, etc.), materials for solar-to-hydrogen conversion and batteries and research on atomic scale electronics.

Requirements and Key Responsibilities
The project aims to explore the optical properties of 2D materials, in particular, transition metal dichalcogenides. The work will encompass computational modelling of the optical properties of these materials by means of exact diagonalization calculations to describe excitons, using as starting point a tight-binding model derived from DFT.

Eligibility conditions, required qualifications and expertise Candidates must comply with the following requirements:
- Hold a Master Degree in the field of (Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoscience or related topic);
- Be either (i) a European Union Citizen or (ii) a non-European Union Citizen residing permanently in Portugal;
- Expertise/scientific knowledge in (python) programming will be an advantage;
- A good knowledge of English/Fluency in English is required.

Supporting Documents
Candidates must enclose the following supporting documents in pdf format:
- Cover letter;
- Curriculum Vitae, including a list of papers (published and preprints);
- Official transcripts of all relevant academic degrees;
- Copy of identification document;
- For non-EU Citizens residing permanently in Portugal, documental evidence attesting the legal right to reside in Portugal.

Evaluation process
The evaluation process will follow a three stage process:

1. Candidate eligibility check:
The applicant will be responsible for the data submission and validation. Only full applications will be considered for evaluation. The application language is English.
Candidates who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be included in the CV evaluation.

2. Curriculum Vitae evaluation:
The evaluation will be carried out by a selection committee and shortlisted candidates shall be selected for interview(s).

3. Interview(s) and final assessment:
Interviews will be conducted through telephone, web conference or face-to-face meetings, as may be deemed appropriate. A formal report will be issued by the selection committee ranking candidates in order of preference.

Selection Criteria
Candidates will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Curriculum vitae: 50%
- Interview(s): 50%

Selection Committee
The selection of candidates will be carried out by a Selection Committee consisting of the following persons:
J. Fernández-Rossier – Scientific Supervisor
Pedro Alpuim – Scientific Researcher
Sacha Sadewasser- Staff Researcher
Patricia Oliveira- Human Resources

Approval and formal offer
If your application results successful, you will be offered a contract of association.

How to apply
The application is made online. Please click on the 'Apply for this job' button below.
For the application to be valid, the candidate must complete all required sections of the online application form as well as submit all required documents.

What we offer
The successful candidate will have the status of associated member of the personnel and will be awarded a contract of association with the INL.
Taking into account that the SR&TD project is co-funded by the (‘FCT’) and FEDER, the successful candidate will also have the status of ´Bolseiro de Investigação (‘B.I.’) under the applicable regulations of the FCT.

Duration of the contract
The duration of the contract of association shall be 6 months. The expected starting date is February1st 2018.

Financial Benefits
An associated member of the personnel selected, and hosted in the framework of an SR&TD project funded by the FCT, shall be entitled to a monthly subsistence allowance in the amount of €980,00.
The INL will provide insurance cover on behalf of the associated member of the personnel against professional accidents and for the period of association with the Organisation.
Social Insurance cover of associated members of the personnel will be the responsibility of the associated member of the personnel. However in the event the associated member of the personnel joins the Portuguese Voluntary Social Insurance system under the terms laid down in the Portuguese Statute for Research Grant Holders, the Organisation will take on the costs provided for in said Statute.

Applicable legal and regulatory framework, taking into consideration the international status of the Organisation The contract of association with the associated member of the personnel will be subject to the INL Staff Rules and Regulations, as well as other relevant procedures.

The contract of Association shall also be supplemented by the terms and conditions of the Grant Agreement between the Organisation and the FCT governing the implementation of the SR&TD project as well as other applicable laws regulations, namely Law No. 40/2004, of 18th August (Scientific Research Fellow Statute) [according to the changes introduced by the Decree-law No. 202/2012, of August 27th, Law No. 12/2013, of January 29th, and the Decree-law No. 89/2013, of July 9th], and the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.

Notification of results
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 all applicants an answer.

After the final evaluation has been done a ranking list will be published at the INL website and the chosen candidate will be notified via email. If the first candidate for some reason will not accept the offer, the Human Resources will send an offer to the second candidate on the ranking list, and so on until the vacancy is filled.

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

Applicants can receive support regarding applications to this positions via e-mail:
The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice taking into account the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.


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