The Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal (https://tecnico.ulisboa.pt), in collaboration with the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal (http://www.inl.int ), is seeking students with interest in pursuing PhD studies to work with Prof. Paulo Ferreira (http://inl.int/advanced-electron-microscopy/atomic-structure-composition-materials/) in the area of Electron Microscopy and Materials Science.

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How will this collaboration work?

The selected students for this call will be enrolled in the PhD programme of Materials Engineering at IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal while the research work will be carried out at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal.

IST offers Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) programmes of independent, self-directed academic research obtaining skills for Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) of a high specialized level. The Materials Engineering Doctor´s, or PhD, programme complements the basic training in Materials Engineering fundamentals and it offers in-depth knowledge and research capabilities in one or more of the existing scientific areas in the Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments, responsible for the course. The Materials Engineering PhD programme fits within the 3rd cycle of Higher Studies established by Decreto de Lei 74/2006 and its following modifications.

The PhD studies will include the following activities in collaboration with the INL:

1) To enrol and complete the required course work at IST, University of Lisbon;

2) Conduct research in materials science and electron microscopy at INL, Braga;

3) Give oral presentations at national and international conferences;

4) Publish the work in high impact journals.

More information about the research topic:

Prof. Paulo Ferreira research interests focus on the study of the atomic structure, atomic composition and defect behavior of nanomaterials, through in-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM, aberration-corrected TEM/STEM, precession microscopy and Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). In particular, Prof. Ferreira is interested in understanding the relationships between the atomic structure, composition and the properties of nanomaterials, and the fundamental underlying mechanisms of structural and property changes induced by crystalline defects. The material systems of interest include Li-ion oxides for batteries, proton exchange membranes fuel cells, catalyst nanoparticles and nanoscale particles, wires, thin films and 2D materials.


The work plan will be developed at IST and INL under the scientific guidance of Prof. Paulo Ferreira.

Eligibility conditions, required qualifications and expertise:

Candidates must comply with the following requirements:

- Hold a MsC Degree in the field of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, or a closely related discipline.

- Outstanding academic background and/or relevant professional experience;

- Creative thinking and willing to work in a team with interest in Science and Engineering;

- Communication, organizational and reporting skills;

- Fluency in English is required.

Supporting Documents

Candidates must enclose the following supporting documents in pdf format, failing which the application will not be considered for evaluation:

- Motivation letter;

- Curriculum Vitae;

- Official transcripts of achieved academic degrees;

- At least one recommendation letter, more will be highly valued.

What we offer

The successful Candidate will have the status of Associated Member of the Personnel (MPA) and will be awarded a contract of association with the INL.

Duration of the contract

The total duration of the contract of association shall be up to 48 months. The expected starting date is September 2018.

Financial Benefits

The selected candidate shall be entitled to a monthly subsistence allowance in the amount of 980.00€.

PhD tuition fees included in the package

The INL will provide insurance coverage on behalf of the associated member of the personnel against professional accidents to the extent 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 the foregoing, 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.

How to Apply for this call

National and International candidates are welcome to apply. All applications must be submitted in English. The candidate is responsible for the data submission and validation of the application components before the deadline. Only online applications through Jobvite will be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Submission period:               

The submission period is from August 27th until September 9th 2018.

Selection of Candidates

After an initial screening based on the submitted documents, shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview, where they will have the opportunity to talk about their education background and motivation to enroll in the PhD studies. Subsequently, the selected candidates will be directed to the IST Post Graduation Office for further registration.

Any inquires should be made to: mpa.office@inl.int