Research fellowship - WalNUT project via EURAXESS

University of Coimbra

Coimbra, Portugal 🇵🇹

Job Information

Organisation/Company: Universidade de Coimbra

Department: DivisĂŁo de Projetos e Atividades (Bolsas)

Research Field: Engineering » Other

Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)

Country: Portugal

Application Deadline: 12 Apr 2023 – 23:59 (Europe/Lisbon)

Type of Contract: Temporary

Job Status: Full-time

Hours Per Week: 35

Offer Starting Date: 1 Jun 2023

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?: H2020

Reference Number: 101000752

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?: No

Offer Description

University of Coimbra opens a call for one research fellowship, in the framework of the WalNUT project “Closing waste water cycles for nutrient recovery” (reference: 101000752), financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101000752, in the following conditions:

Scientific area: Engineering and Sustainability.


Research FieldEngineering » OtherEducation LevelMaster Degree or equivalent


Skills/Qualifications/Admission requirements: Master degree in engineering, energy, sustainability or similar areas. Enrolled in a PhD course at a Portuguese higher education institution, or in a non-academic degree course. Knowledge in life-cycle assessment (LCA) and/or techno-economic analysis (TEA) of nutrient recovery from wastewater treatment, or related areas.

The RBI (Article 6(5)) only admits research fellowships to graduates and masters enrolled in a non-degree-granting course who have not exceeded two years to be fulfilled in different scholarship contracts.

Courses not conferring an academic degree” must be related to the research fellowship’s activity type. “Courses not conferring an academic degree” are the courses referred to in paragraph e) of number 3 of article 4 of Decree-Law no. 74/2006, of 24 March, in the current wording, provided that they are developed in association or cooperation between the higher education institution and one or more R&D units, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph e) of article 3 of the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.

Although the recipients must be enrolled in a cycle of studies leading to the attribution of an academic degree or in a course not conferring an academic degree, at the time of application it is not necessary for the candidate to have made such an enrollment, and proof of enrollment must be presented until the fellowship is contractualized. Candidates are only required to meet the requirements to enroll in the training offer. If there are candidates already enrolled (including attending a course), they compete on an equal footing with those who are not enrolled.

Specific Requirements

Work plan/Objectives: This fellowship aims to develop research work within the scope of the project to:

– Collaborate in studies of environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA) of nutrient recovery and bio-based fertilizer systems from wastewater treatment.

– Participate in meetings with companies and partners involved in the H2020 WalNUT project (, as well as in data collection.

– Collaborate in the preparation of scientific publications and deliverables of the project.

Regime: The attribution of the fellowship does not generate or entitle a relation of a legal-labour nature, and the fellowship is undertaken in an exclusive dedication regime. The fellowship holder is awarded the Fellowship Statute of the UC, in its current wording, according to the Research Fellowship Holder Statute , and according to the Regulation for Research Fellowships of the Fundação para a CiĂŞncia e a Tecnologia, I.P., both in their current wording.

Location: Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra.

Duration: 12 months.

Renewal: Eventually renewable.

Scientific orientation: Professor Fausto Miguel Cereja Seixas Freire and Doctor Rita Pinheiro Garcia.

Additional Information


Financial conditions: The amount of the fellowship is € 1.199,64 corresponding to the monthly compensation stipulated in the FCT table (, plus social security (Seguro Social Voluntário, first level contributions), € 2.750/year for tuition fees for students enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Coimbra and personal accidents insurance. The payment will be made by bank transfer. This amount will not be increased during the entire period of the fellowship duration.

Eligibility criteria

Selection methods: Curriculum evaluation (50%) and interview (50%).

Selection process

Selection criteria: The assessment of the curriculum evaluation will focus on the following elements: (i) Merit of the candidate, namely in terms of academic curriculum and knowledge on Life Cycle Assessment (70%); and (ii) Candidate’s motivation expressed on the Letter of Motivation (30%).

The assessment of the interview will focus on the following elements: (i) Motivation and interest (40%); (ii) Knowledge and profile appropriate to the functions to be developed (40%); and (iii) Availability to start functions (20%).

Jury responsible for selection: Professor Fausto Miguel Cereja Seixas Freire (president), Dcotor Rita Pinheiro Garcia and Doctor Carla Abreu Rodrigues (effective members) and Professor JosĂ© Joaquim da Costa and Professor JosĂ© Manuel Baranda Moreira da Silva Ribeiro (alternate members).

Formalization of application: Curriculum Vitae, certificate of qualifications, motivation letter and the aforementioned Declaration that must be formalized in a specific form on the apply platform.

Declaration on the honor of the candidate(s) with the indication of the fellowship(s) of the typology to which the contest was held and the respective duration(s).

Applicants with academic degrees obtained abroad will be required to present a Certificate of Recognition in accordance with applicable law. This document is mandatory only in the contractualization phase.

Applications submission: Applications must be submitted via

Submission of applications: Between 29/03/2023 and 12/04/2023.

Submission deadline date: 12/04/2023.

Additional comments

Additional information: The evaluation results will be announced within 90 working days after the end of the applications submission deadline, by notifying the applicants via email. After the announcement of the results, candidates are considered automatically notified to, if they wish to do so, comment on the results on a preliminary hearing period within 10 days after that date. After this, the selected candidates will have to declare in writing their acceptance. Unless a justification worthy of consideration is presented, if the declaration is not submitted within the referred period, it is considered that the candidate waivers the fellowship. In case of resignation or withdrawal of the selected candidate, the next candidate with the highest evaluation score will be notified immediately.

Once the selection process is completed, the fellowship contract will be drawn up in accordance with the draft contract provided by the FCT.

After the contracted period, the fellowship holder and supervisor must prepare the final report in accordance with the respective assessment criteria that were established.

Pursuant to subparagraph h) of Article 9 of the Portuguese Constitution, the University of Coimbra, as employer, actively promotes a policy of equal opportunities between men and women in access to employment and professional development, and acts to prevent each and every kind of discrimination.

Therefore, no one can be privileged, benefited, harmed or deprived of any right or immune from any duty on account of, in particular, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, family, economic situation, education, origin or social condition, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic or racial origin, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and trade union membership.

Selection reserve list: Yes, up to three (3) months before the project is completed.Website for additional job details

Work Location(s)

Number of offers available: 1

Company/Institute: Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra.

Country: Portugal

State/Province: Coimbra

City: Coimbra

Where to apply



City: Coimbra


Street: Rua Larga





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