Research Grant — R&D activities to be carried out by Engineering students BI/UTAD/63/2023 (1 position)

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 12 Dec 2023

24 Nov 2023
Job Information

University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

Research Support Office
Research Field

Engineering » Other
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

12 Dec 2023 - 23:59 (Europe/Lisbon)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Offer Starting Date

14 Jan 2024
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Reference Number

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Offer Description

Offer description:

The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) opens a call for one (1) Research Grant for Engineering students (students enrolled in an integrated master's, master's, doctorate or non-academic course, Article 6, FCT Regulation no. 950/2019) in the frame of the R&D project COBIGA ref. PCIF/GVB/0169/2019 “Cogeneration using gasification of Forest biomass through Computational Modelling”, with the financial support of FCT – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.




Scientific area/research field:


Researcher profile:

First Stage Researcher (R1)


Admission requirements:

  • Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar*;
  • Knowledge in CFD. Experience using ANSYS-FLUENT and ASPEN-PLUS* software;
  • Knowledge of the gasification process *;
  • Compliance with the Research Grant Regulation - RBI No. 950/2019*;
  • * mandatory requirement


    Work plan:

    The candidate will carry out R&D activities within the scope of the COBIGA project, namely:

    - Bibliographical review of recent computational models;

    - Computer simulation of flows for energy microgeneration;

    - Publication of at least one article in a scientific journal;


    Applicable legislation and regulations:

    Law N.º 40/2004, of 18 August (Statute of Scientific Research Fellow), amended by DL 123/2019 of 28 August; FCT, IP Research Grant Regulation, approved by Regulation N.º 234/2012, published in the II Series of the Diário da República of June 25, 2012, amended and republished by Regulation No. 326/2013, published in the II Series of the Diário da Republic of July 27, 2013, amended by Regulation No. 339/2015, published in the II Series of the Diário da República of June 17, 2015 and Law No. 71/2018 (State Budget Law for 2019) and by Regulation No. 950/2019, published in the II Series of the Diário da República of December 16, 2019, and the Regulation of Research Grants of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro - Dispatch RT.36/2011, of July 6, of Mr. Rector, published in Diário da República by Order No. 9157/2011 (II Series), of July 19 in its current wording.



    The work will be developed at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, under the scientific guidance of Professor Armando da Assunção Soares. The work will have scientific co-supervision of the Professor Abel Ilah Rouboa.



    Duration of scholarship:

    The fellowship will for 12 months, and it´s expected to start on January 2024. The scholarship contract cannot have a total duration of more than 12 months.



    If the grant is awarded to students enrolled in a course that does not confer an academic degree, the contract cannot exceed a total duration of 12 months.



    Monthly maintenance allowance amount:

    The scholarship amount corresponds to €930,98 according to the table of scholarships awarded directly by the FCT, I.P. in the country ( ). The period of payment of the scholarship is monthly and through bank deposit, check or another equivalent method.


    Selection Methods:

    The selection methods to be used will be the following: Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar, Knowledge of the Gasification process, Good level of English and Knowledge of CFD. Experience using ANSYS-FLUENT and ASPEN-PLUS software, with respective valuation of 20%, 20%, 10% and 50%.



    Composition of the Selection Jury:

    Chair – Armando da Assunção Soares, Associate Professor from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

    Effective Member - Abel Ilah Rouboa, Associate Professor from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.

    Effective Member - Marco Paulo Duarte Naia, Assistant Professor from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro



    Form of advertising/notification of results:

    The final results of the evaluation will be publicized through a ranked list posted on the UTAD Campus Online Page ( ), with the candidate being approved notified via email.

    In the event that the selected scholarship holder withdraws, the final ranking list of candidates in this competition may be used to replace them. If none of the candidates demonstrates that they have the profile indicated to carry out the work plan, the jury reserves the right not to award the scholarship to the competition.

    If the decision to be taken is unfavourable to the granting of the requested scholarship, the candidates have a period of 10 working days, after the aforementioned disclosure, to express their opinion, if desired, in a prior hearing, under the terms provided for in the Code of Administrative Procedure.


    Application deadline and form of submission of applications:

    The tender is open from 27-11-2023 to 12-12-2023.

    Applications must be formalized, obligatorily, by sending an application form accompanied by the following documents: Curriculum Vitae [proving the above-mentioned requirements]; Indication of the following data: citizen card number, tax identification number – TIN, date of birth, mobile phone number and email address; motivation letter; declaration of honour (to be requested by email to [email protected] )  and documentary evidence of the requested requirements.


    The application must be made through the UTAD Campus Online Page, in the Research Grants section, following the instructions:

    • Access the UTAD Campus Online Page:  and select the Research Grants option. Or go directly to .

    • Select the scholarship you intend to apply for.

    • When selecting the “Apply” option, you will be redirected to the application page where you must complete and submit the respective form.


    Equality of opportunities:

    The candidate has the right to equal opportunities and treatment, and may not be privileged, benefited, prejudiced, deprived of any right or exempt from any duty due, in particular, to ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family situation, economic situation, education, origin or social condition, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological convictions and union membership.


    Research Field
    Engineering » Other
    Education Level
    Master Degree or equivalent

    Additional Information
    Work Location(s)
    Number of offers available
    University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro
    Vila real
    Postal Code
    Quinta de Prados, Portugal

    Where to apply


    Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

    Vila Real

    Quinta de Prados
    Postal Code


    [email protected]


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