Research Grant — R&D activities to be carried out by PhD students BI/UTAD/67/2022 (1 position

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 05 Dec 2022

Offer description:

The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) opens a call for one (1) Research Grant for PhD students, in Environmental Sciences, in the frame of the R&D project OBTain’ (NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000084) with the financial support of FCT – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P./MCTES trough national funds (PIDDAC) and the European Development Fund Regional (FEDER) through the Competitiveness and Internationalization Operational Program (POCI).



Scientific area/research field:

Environmental Sciences

Researcher profile:

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Admission requirements:

  • Master in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry or related areas*;
  • Background in wastewater treatment;
  • English proficiency;
  • Compliance with the regulations for Research Grants, namely the mandatory enrollment in a degree-leading or non-degree-awarding training course (Artigo 6º do RBI nº 950/2019) *;
  • * mandatory requirement

    Work plan:

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

    1) Develop energy recovery solutions from industrial and agro-industrial wastewaters.

    2) Wastewater pre-treatment with coagulation/flocculation processes

    3) Energy production from raw and pre-treated wastewater.

    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 Doctor Marco Sousa Lucas and Doctor José Alcides Peres.

    Duration of scholarship:

    The fellowship will last for 6 months, starting from January to June 2023.

    Monthly maintenance allowance amount:

    The scholarship amount corresponds to €1144,64, 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 as follows:

    A. Academic curriculum assessment: Master mark (40%), Background in wastewater treatment (40%) and English proficiency (20%)

    B. Motivation letter.

    Composition of the Selection Jury:

    Chair – Marco Sousa Lucas, Assistant Researcher from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

    Effective Member – José Alcides Peres, Associate Professor from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

    Effective Member – Perdo Bandeira Tavares, Associate 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 21-11-2022 to 05-12-2022.

    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 ) 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.

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