Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Aug 2022


Reference: CP-I2MIP/Alg-03/2022

(Research Grant; 1 vacancy)

A call for applications is now open for the attribution of (1) grant of master type within the scope of the R&D project Collaborative Platform based on Data Normalization Techniques and Dynamic Fuzzy Multi-criteria approaches for Integrated Manufacturing and Maintenance Information Processing (CP-I2MIP)/ Centro ALGORITMI da Universidade do Minho), (EXPL/EME-SIS/1224/2021), financed by national funds through the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, through the Operational Program: “Concurso de Projetos de Investigação de Caráter Exploratório (PeX) em Todos os Domínios Científicos”, under the following conditions:

Scientific Area: Engineering and Industrial Management

Recipient category: Master in Engineering

Requirement for granting the scholarship:

• Candidates may apply without prior registration in the course for which the scholarship is open. The requirement to enroll in a degree-granting or non-degree-granting course will be verified on the date of contracting the scholarship.

• Only scholarships whose selected candidates present valid proof of enrollment in the degree awarding or non-degree awarding course will be contracted, according to the type of scholarship in competition, issued by the academic services of the Higher Education Institution, respectively with the indication of the current academic year or its duration (beginning and end).

• Enrollment in unaccredited non-degree courses will not be considered as proof of enrollment.

Profile of recipients:

Candidates must have, at the time of application, a master’s degree in Engineering. On the date of the respective hiring, candidates must prove their enrollment in the following course:

Degree awarders: the research grant (BI) is intended to carry out R&D activities by students enrolled in a PhD.

Priority will be given to candidates with knowledge in: engineering and industrial management; with international experience, for example through Erasmus+ programs or other research projects; with experience in the elaboration of scientific papers and publications, in research and literature review, as well as proven experience in the use of production and management technologies and with good verbal and written fluency in English.

Applicants eligibility: Applicants must comply with the eligibility conditions laid down in article 9 of the Research Grants Regulation of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2019).

Workplan and objectives to be achieved:

Participation in the development of a collaborative approach to support the integrated management of production and maintenance, with the collection and processing of production and maintenance data, through a model developed for this purpose, which allows the prioritization of tasks for a subsequent sharing and monitoring of information to be integrated into a collaborative platform to be developed

(CP-I2MIP – Collaborative Platform for Integrated Manufacturing and Management Information Processing) in a company.

Activities to be carried out include:

- Advanced study and literature review in the field of engineering and industrial management, more specifically about collaborative platforms to support the integrated management of production and maintenance;

- Collection of information on production and maintenance of equipment.

- Development of an integrated management model for production and maintenance information.

- Development of an interface that allows the execution of an integrated production and maintenance management model to be developed within the scope of this project, in order to allow its validation, through the use of practical industrial cases of a company and its subsequent integration into the collaborative platform to be developed.

Applicable legislation and regulations: Research Fellowship Holder Statutes, approved by Law no. 40/2004 of August 18, in its current version published by Decree-Law no. 123/2019 of august 28; Regulation of Scientific Research Fellowships of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in “Diário da República”, 2nd series, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021 and Regulation of Research Studentships and Fellowships (RBI), n.º 950/2019 de 16-12-2019, of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), I.P. - in force.

Host/Contracting institution and scientific supervision: The workplan will be carried out in the Algoritmi research center of University of Minho, located in the Azurém Campus, Guimarães, under the scientific supervision of the Professor Doctor Maria Leonilde Rocha Varela and Prof. Doctor Goran Putnik.

Fellowship duration: The grant will take place for a period of 6 months, with a provisional starting date on September 2022. The grant may eventually be renewed until the end of the duration of the project in question.

Amount of the research grant: The value stipend (Monthly Maintenance Allowance) is 1144.64 euros, per month, in accordance with the stipends values published by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT I.P.) in the country (Annex I – Monthly Stipends Values for the maintenance allowances of the FCT Regulation for Research Studentships and Fellowships) and Annex II of the Regulation of Scientific Research Fellowships of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in “Diário da República”, 2nd series, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021, according to the applicable regulation.

Payment is made on the 23st of each month, through bank transfer to the Bank Identification Number of the fellow identified in the contracting process.

Other grant components: (define other grant components, as provided for in article 18 of the FCT Research Regulations (RBI) or in article 21 of the Scientific Research Grants Regulation of the University of Minho (RBIC), as applicable situation).

Other benefits: Reimbursement of Voluntary Social Security, corresponding to the 1st level of the contributory base (for grants with a duration equal to or greater than 6 months) and Personal Accident Insurance.

Exclusivity regime: The grantee will perform the activities under exclusivity, as foreseen in article 5º of the Research Fellow Statutes and applicable regulations.

Selection panel:


Maria Leonilde Rocha Varela, Assistant Professor, Department of Production and Systems, School of Engineering, UMinho;

Effective members:

Isabel Alexandra Costa Pinho Espírito Santo, Assistant Professor, Department of Production and Systems, School of Engineering, UMinho.

José Pedro Teixeira Domingues, Researcher at the ALGORITMI Center, and at the Department of Production and Systems at the School of Engineering at the University of Minho.

Substitute Member:

Cátia Filipa Veiga Alves, Invited Professor and Assistant Professor, Department of Production and Systems, School of Engineering, UMinho;

In case of impediment of the President of the Jury, she will be replaced by the first effective member, being appointed the substitute member to replace the effective member.

Criteria and procedures for applications assessment and selection: The applications assessment will focus on the candidate's Merit, following evaluation criteria, valued on a scale of 1 to 20 values:

Applicant Merit - AM (100%):

a) Personal curriculum (considering professional and scientific background), with a weighting of 50%

The evaluation of the applications will focus on the curricular evaluation of the candidates (Merit of the candidate), applying the following selection criteria, valued on a scale from 0 to 20 values:

a) Academic background (which reflects the classifications of academic degrees), with a

weighting of 50%

a1. final average of the courses (bachelor's and master's), with a weighting of


a2. training area, with a weighting of 50%;

b) Personal curriculum (which reflects the scientific and professional background and

language skills in English), with a weighting of 40%.

c) Letter of motivation, with a weighting of 10%.

The final merit rating of the candidate will be obtained by applying the following formula:

AM=(a x 0,5) + (b x 0,4) + (c x 0,1) with a = a1 x 0,5 + a2 x 0,5

Candidates who score less than 9.50 values in any of the selection criteria are considered excluded from the final assessment.

The jury reserves the right not to award the scholarship if candidates with the appropriate profile do not apply.

The academic degrees and diplomas documents, or their respective recognition when awarded by foreign higher education institutions are not mandatory in the application phase, being replaced by a declaration of honour of the candidate with the contents of academic results. The documents of academic qualification or respective recognition will be required in the contracting phase and must attest facts that occurred on a date prior to the application. In situations of divergence between the information contained in the declaration and the documentation submitted for contracting the grant, only the information contained in the latter will be consider. If the documents proving the ownership of the academic degree and diploma, or the respective recognition under the terms of Decree-Law No. 66/2018, of August 16, do not correspond to the classifications awarded in the evaluation of the academic path, which can change the candidate's ranking, the fellowship will not be contracted.

Disclosure of results: The provisional results of applications, based in the selection panel minutes, will be send to the applicants by email pursuant to article 12 of the FCT's RBI.

If case of unfavourable results, the candidates have a period of 10 working days to comment, if desired, in a prior hearing to interested parties, pursuant to articles 121 and 122 of the Code of Administrative Procedure (DL no. 4 / 2015 of January 7th).

Complaint and appeal procedures: The final results of the evaluation will be published through an ordered list (alphabetically, by final grade obtained), posted in a visible and public place of the host unit, as well as by email to all applicants, enclosing for that purpose, the minutes of the jury deliberations.

The selected candidate must inform its willingness to accept the grant, in writing. In case of rejection, the fellowship will be awarded to the next candidate in the ordered list of applicants.

The final decision can be contested within 15 working days, by sending to the President of the jury the corresponding claim. Interested parties may also submit an optional hierarchical appeal, addressed to the Pro-Rector for Research and Projects, Professor Filipe Vaz.

Application deadline and submission: The call for applications is open from 02/08/2022 till 16/08/2022.

Applications must be formalized, mandatorily, by sending an application letter accompanied by the following documents: curriculum vitae; certificate of qualifications or declaration of the candidate (if applicable); letter of interest; letters of recommendation (two); other documents considered relevant to the assessment of the scientific and professional path.

Applications must be sent by email to (recrutamento@algoritmi.uminho.pt ), indicating the reference of the call for applications in Subject. Applications submitted by other means will not be accepted.

Fellowship contractualization: The fellowship will be attributed by signing a fellowship contract between the University of Minho and the fellow, accordingly with the contract minute (annex IV of the Regulation of Research Fellowships of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in Diário da República, 2nd Série, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021, as indicated in 2.4 of the FCT document: “Rules for Granting and Management of Grants within the scope of R&D projects, including infrastructure projects, the multi-annual financing program for R&D units and other FCT financing instruments (Version 2021)”.

The contract may only be concluded after all the documentation required is collected, which must take place within a maximum period of 6 months.

Once all the documentation has been received, the contracting entity has a period of 60 working days to conclude the scholarship contract. Once received, the fellow must return the contract duly signed within 15 working days.

The activities under the fellowship contract can only began after proper authorization by the contracting entity.

Term and cancellation of fellowship contracts: Without prejudice to the other causes provided the fellowship regulations (FCT and UMinho) and in the Statute of the Research Fellow, the fellowship ends with the completion of the work plan, as well as with the expiration date for which it was granted or renewed.

At the end of the fellowship, the grantee is obliged to present a Final Report of the work carried out, in accordance with the objectives and evaluation criteria defined with the scientific advisor, within 30 days after the end of the scholarship.

The final report must be prepared in accordance with Annex I of the Scientific Research Fellowships Regulation of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in Diário da República, 2nd Série, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021.

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