Research Fellow - Smart production lines (sensor and electronics development) (Ref.09.20.46/1)

Research Fellow Braga, Portugal



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Research Fellow - Smart production lines (sensor and electronics development) (Ref.09.20.46/1)


Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Number of Vacancies: 1

Group/Unit: Microfabrication and Exploratory Nanotechnology

Required Education: PhD degree

Employment Type: Full time

Contract Duration: 27 months

Open Date for Applications: December 10th, 2020

Closing Date for Applications: January 21st, 2021, 23h00m (Lisbon Time)


Organisation Description

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL (, is the first and only International 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.


Project Specifications: This project is funded by PT2020 Clube Fornecedores da Bosch – R&D co-promotion Project

Name of the project: Progressive Dies 4.0

Reference number: POCI-01-0247-FEDER- 42760



INL is seeking for a highly-qualified, self-motivated researcher to participate in the activities related to the R&D of MEMS and microfabricated sensors to be incorporated in an industrial manufacturing production line. These devices aim to monitor several parameters and provide data for process monitoring and quality inspection. The candidate will be integrated in a multidisciplinary team with a broadband experience in sensors, microfabrication and electronic prototyping. The candidate will be working on the development of sensors, both MEMS and flexible substrate-based, including activities that range from modelling, design and fabrication, to the device laboratorial characterization.


Job Role & Key Responsibilities

The candidate will undertake the following main research activities and responsibilities:

  • Design and simulation sensors;
  • Multi-domain MEMS modelling (analytical and FEM) in order to simulate overall sensor performance;
  • Sensor laboratorial electro-mechanical characterization.


Job Requirements

Candidates should meet the following requirements:



  • PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics Engineering, or other related field, is required.


Experience and Technical Skills

  • Experience on MEMS modelling/simulation approaches (analytical and/or finite element modelling);
  • Experience on simulation software (Matlab/Simulink, Mathematica, Comsol, Ansys…);
  • Previous experience on laboratorial electrical and mechanical characterization of sensors and devices;
  • Experience on mask/layout development (e.g. using CAD tools) and knowledge regarding microfabrication processes;
  • Knowledge in electronic circuit simulation and design is valued;
  • Experience in cleanroom microfabrication processes is valued.


 Personal Skills

  • Strong motivation to work both independently and as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment, with the ability to pay close attention to detail and to meet deadlines;
  • Team work spirit;
  • Good communication skills;
  • “Hands-on” approach together with a high commitment;
  • Highly organised and dynamic;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.


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



Excellent communication skills in English are required since it’s the working language of INL.



The work plan will be developed at the INL under the scientific guidance of Dr. Rosana Dias / Dr. Lorenzo Pastrana.

Duration of the contract

The total duration of the employment contract shall be 27 months. The expected starting date is February 2021.


What we offer

  • Social Security costs to be paid by INL;
  • Work Accidents insurance costs to be paid by INL, to provide coverage for work accidents and invalidity benefits;
  • Health insurance with excellent coverage;
  • Tax Benefits;
  • A family allowance for staff members that are married or that are living under the status of “common-law couple” and/or have any dependent child;
  • A child allowance for each dependent child;
  • Free Nursery Service at INL campus (subject to availability);
  • Support for Education fees of dependent children;
  • Depending on the place of residence, INL covers 100% of travel expenses for all family members;
  • 30 days of annual leave;
  • Diplomatic status.



How to Apply

The application is made online through our e-recruiting platform. Please click on the “Apply” button.

For the application to be valid it must be made in English and the candidate must complete all required sections of the online application form, as well as submit all required documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Supporting Documents

Please enclose the following supporting documents in pdf format:

(a) Cover letter in English;

(b)  Curriculum Vitae in English;

(c)   Academic certificates.


The documents must be submitted in the “additional files” section using the “add portfolio” icon that appears in the application form.



Additional Information


Employment Agreement

If your application is successful and you accept our offer of employment, you will receive the employment agreement and all other relevant documents. If you are relocating, you will be given assistance by the HR Office.


If Your Application is Not Successful

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 promotes a non-discrimination and equal access policy, 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.



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