International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Bolseiro de Investigação / Research associateship – Synthesis of magnetic nanomaterials (Ref.01.20.04)

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Braga, Portugal

Bolseiro de Investigação / Research associateship  Synthesis of magnetic nanomaterials (Ref.01.20.04)

Research Centre: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL

Location: Braga, Portugal

Research Field: Chemistry, Materials science

Career Stage:  PhD student / MSc enrolled in non-academic degree courses

Open date for applications: February 6th 2020

Closing Date for applications: March 4th 2020 23:00 WEST (Western European Summer Time)


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 in Aging & Wellbeing and Mobility & Urban Living and developing a Safe & Secure Society.

SR&TD project specifications: INL participates in the Scientific Research and Technological Development project CritMag co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and National Funds through the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT):

(a) Name of the project: REEs-free high-performance permanent magnets based on exchange-spring and high anisotropy phases - CritMag

(b)  Reference number: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028745

©  Description: The research will be focused on synthesis and experimental studies of exchange-spring magnets and high anisotropy phases. The research will entail precise synthesis of well-defined (i) core-shell nanoparticles with strong magnetic anisotropy and (ii) ferromagnetic nanowires with high shape anisotropy by means of wet chemistry techniques and physical deposition methods. The candidate will be responsible for structural, morphological and magnetic characterization of the resultant nanoparticles and nanostructures. This research will be complemented by collaborations and interactions with scientists on electron microscopy, magnetism, and other characterization methods, across INL.

(d)  Scientific Area: Chemistry, Materials science


Description of the functions and key primary responsibilities: The successful candidate will work on the tasks of the SR&TD project, and will be assigned the following working plan:

  • Synthesis of core-shell nanoparticles and ferromagnetic nanowires
  • Structural, morphological and magnetic characterization of the nanoparticles and nanostructures.

Supervision: The work plan will be developed at the INL within the Nanochemistry Group under the scientific guidance of Yury Kolen’ko.

Eligibility conditions, required qualifications and expertise: Candidates must comply with the following requirements:

(a)   Hold an academic degree (Master degree or equivalent) in any of the following areas: Chemistry, Materials Science, or similar;

(b)  Be enrolled in a PhD programme or in a diploma offered by a higher education institution;

©   Be a Portuguese citizen, a European Union citizen or a non-European Union Citizen residing in Portugal;

(d)  Expertise and/or knowledge in

  • Chemistry, Materials Science, or related;
  • Background in the design and synthesis of well-defined core-shell and anisotropic nanoparticles using various wet chemistry techniques;
  • Hands-on experience in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic nanoparticles and their post-modification;
  • Background in magnetism and investigation of the associated structureproperty relationships;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Great interaction and communicating skills;
  • Project and time management skills;
  • Literature and patent searching skills;
  • Knowledge of lab safety;

(e) 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:

(a)            Cover letter;

(b)            Curriculum Vitae;

©            Official transcripts of all relevant academic degrees.

(d)            Declaration issued by the higher education institution at which the Candidate is enrolled (in the PhD programme or diploma) accepting that the activities to be developed at INL will be duly considered as part of the work towards the PhD degree or diploma and committing to enter into an agreement with INL, detailing the terms and conditions for the collaboration, if the candidate is selected (Template).

(e)            Copy of identification document;

(f)            For non-EU Citizens residing in Portugal, documental evidence attesting the legal right to reside in Portugal;

Concerning paragraph © (official transcripts of all relevant academic degrees), please bear in mind that academic degrees or diplomas awarded by higher education institutions outside Portugal must be recognised according to the Portuguese legal framework, as this is a mandatory requirement for accessing Portuguese public funds for research, technology and innovation. This requirement may be waived during the application stage (in which case candidates will be required to sign a solemn declaration certifying that they meet this requirement – Template) but the required certificate must be submitted at the time the contract of association is drawn up.

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:

1)     Dr. Yury Kolen’ko

2)     Dr. Laura Salonen

3)     Dr. Juliana Sousa

4)     Rita Milhazes – Human Resources

Evaluation process

The evaluation process will follow a four-stage process:

  1. Candidate eligibility check:

Only full applications will be considered for evaluation. The applicant will be responsible for the data submission and validation. The application language is English.

Candidates who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be included in the CV evaluation.

  1. Curriculum Vitae evaluation:

The top four ranked candidates will be shortlisted for interview, provided however that they pass the thresholds for this stage. The threshold for the curriculum vitae evaluation is 70% of the possible score (i.e., 35). Candidates who do not pass the threshold will be excluded from the evaluation process.

  1. 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 recommending the selected candidate ranking candidates in order of preference.

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 Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (‘FCT’) and FEDER, the successful candidate shall also have the status of ´Bolseiro de Investigação` (‘B.I.’) under the applicable regulations of the FCT.


Duration of the contract

The initial duration of the contract shall be 12 months and the contract may be extended, based on the performance of the candidate and the duration of the project, within the limits of the following thresholds:

(a)  1 year, if the candidate is a holder of a Master degree (or equivalent) and is enrolled in a diploma offered by higher education institution; or

(b)  4 years, if the candidate is enrolled in a PhD programme.

In the situations referred to in paragraph (a), candidates must under no circumstances benefit from this type of public funding for a total accrued period of more than 2 years, consecutive or otherwise.

If the PhD degree or the diploma is awarded during the term of contract, the contract may continue in full force if so, and to the extent, authorised by FCT.

The expected starting date is March 2020.

Financial Benefits

An associated member of the personnel selected and hosted in the framework SR&TD projects funded by the FCT shall be entitled to a monthly subsistence allowance in the amount of €1.064,00. This shall be without prejudice to possible increases that may be applied in accordance with the legal framework applicable to SR&TD Projects.

The INL will provide insurance cover 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.


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.

Notification of results

A ranking list, after final evaluation, will be organized being the chosen candidate notified via e-mail. If the first candidate refuses the offer, the Human Resources will send an offer to the second candidate on the ranking, and so on until the vacancy is filled. 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.



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This position is funded under the project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028745, which is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalization (COMPETE 2020) and National Funds through Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).


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