Research Fellow - Portable Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based platforms for biotoxins monitoring (Ref.04.23.20)

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 May 2023

9 May 2023
Job Information


Human Resources
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

30 May 2023 - 23:00 (Europe/Lisbon)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Offer Starting Date

1 Jul 2023
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Research Fellow - Portable Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based platforms for biotoxins monitoring


Job Reference: Ref.04.23.20

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Group/Unit: Water Quality Research Group

Number of Vacancies: 1

Employment Type: Full time

Contract Duration: 24 months


Open Date for Applications: May 9th, 2023

Closing Date for Applications: May 30th, 2023, 23h00m (Lisbon Time)


Key words: #ramanbasedsensors, #inorganicandorganiccrystallineframeworks, #biotoxins



Are you a highly motivated researcher in the area of development of new analytical methods based on SERS identification of environmental contaminants?

INL is seeking a qualified research fellow to develop, tailor, implement and pre-validate analytical methods for the efficient, detection, quantification and chemical characterization of biotoxins in seawater. The scope of this work will be under the project Atlanticlam Bring Euro-native Clam Species from “Farm to Fork” (PT-Innovation-0097) and the Agenda Pacto Bioeconomia Azul. Thus, this work will be developed in the area of nanotech-based sensors for water quality monitoring whose main responsibility will be to support the Water Quality Research Group at INL under supervision of Dr. Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo and Dr. Begoña Espiña.

The selected researcher will collaborate with international multidisciplinary teams and is expected to produce several technical and scientific documentation and work planning.


Job Duties

The job duties will be the following:

  • Develop innovative SERS sensors for the monitoring and identification of biotins in seawater;
  • Characterize novel SERS substrates in complex matrices.
  • Develop and integrate robust sensors solutions with microfluidic and electronics;
  • Collaborate with international multidisciplinary teams with expertise in SERS sensors, microsystems and microfabrication technology, surface chemistry, microfluidics
  • Produce several technical and scientific documentation as well as day-to-day management of work planning
  • Publish research in high impact journals.


Mandatory Qualifications




  • PhD in Nanotechnology/ Material science/ Chemistry or similar



  • Experience in synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials (i.e. electron microscopies, X-Ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and sample preparation).
  • Experience in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS).
  • Experience in SERS substrate design and fabrication.
  • Experience in Raman characterization of inorganic and organic crystalline materials.
  • Experience in surface and analytical chemistry.


Technical Skills


  • All the related to the experience stated above.


Other Skills

  • Experience in microfluidics (fabrication and modelling) and nanotoxicity will be positively evaluated.


Preferred Qualifications


  • PhD in Nanotechnology/ Material science/ Chemistry or similar


Personal Skills

  • Strong motivation to work both independently and as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment, with the ability to play close attention to details and to meet deadlines
  • Communication, organizational and teamwork skills.
  • “Hands-on” approach together with a high commitment in respecting working deadlines
  • Highly organized and dynamic


Note: Candidates should not have a labour contract with INL during the 12 months before the application.


Our Benefits

  • Competitive salary;
  • Tax benefits and other Diplomatic privileges;
  • Private health insurance;
  • Family allowances (according to family situation);
  • Free nursery service at INL premises (subject to availability);
  • Support for education fees of dependent children;
  • Relocation support;
  • 30 working days of annual leave.


How to Apply

The application must be in English and include the following mandatory documents:

a)     Cover letter;

b)     Curriculum Vitae;

c)      Academic and/or Professional diplomas;

d)     Recognition of academic degrees (only academic degrees awarded by non-Portuguese higher education institutions) *


*The selected candidate(s) with an academic degree granted by a non-Portuguese higher education institution must present, for hiring purposes, the certificate of recognition of that degree(s), issued by the Portuguese Directorate General for Higher Education or by a Portuguese Public Higher Education Institution. Please consult the website of the Portuguese Directorate General for Higher Education: .


Online application instructions:

  • The application is made online by clicking the “Apply” button below;
  • The candidate must complete all required sections of the online application form;
  • The candidate must submit the mandatory documents mentioned above in pdf format by including them in the “Additional files” section using the “Add portfolio” button.

    Important note:

    Incomplete applications including the failure to provide mandatory documents or providing inaccurate information will result in the application not being considered.



    How the Selection Process works

    A. Applications eligibility check

    This stage will be carried out on the basis of the mandatory requirements, education, experience and technical skills defined for the job, as well as the validation of the mandatory documents. Only candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will move forward to the next stage.

    B. CV Assessment

    The Selection Committee will evaluate the eligible applications based on their CV and other submitted documents and the suitability for the position. The best ranked candidates will be shortlisted for the interview stage(s).

    C. Interview(s)

    The interview(s) may be done in different formats: video recording, online or onsite.

    The question based interview will evaluate the match between the candidate’s profile and the requirements for the position, including the technical and personal skills. To better support this stage, the candidate may be requested to prepare a short presentation.


    D. Nomination

    The selected candidate will be nominated and formally offered the position, including the disclosure of the contractual conditions. 




    Additional Information



    Application feedback

    We highly value your interest in becoming part of the INL experience and it is important for us to maintain good communications with all candidates. No matter the outcome of your application, we will always provide you with feedback.


    Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

    INL follows a non-discrimination and equal access principle, wherefore no candidate can be privileged, benefited, impaired or deprived of any rights whatsoever, or be exempt of and duties based on any possible discriminatory issues.


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



    About INL

    The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL ( ), is the first and only Intergovernmental Organisation in the world entirely focused on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

    It was founded under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research, deploy and communicate nanotechnology for the benefit of society. INL aims to be a recognised leading global nanotechnology innovation hub.

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    PhD or equivalent


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