Tuesday, November 9, 2021

RESEARCH FELLOWS – QUANTUM COMPUTATION WITH LINEAR OPTICS


 INL is actively working to mitigate the risk of CoVid-19 and is promoting protection measures within our community with impact on the regular activities. Ongoing and new R&S processes may have changes during this exceptional period. Please check the details in the job vacancy to keep track on any updates.

 

Research Fellows – Quantum computation with linear optics

 

Job Reference: Ref.09.21.44

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Group/Unit: Quantum and Linear-Optical Computation (QLOC)

Number of Vacancies: 2

Employment Type: Full time

Contract Duration: 24 months

 

Open Date for Applications: November 9th 2021

Closing Date for Applications: December 20th, 2021, 23h00m (Lisbon Time)

 

Key words: quantum optics, photonics, quantum computation

 

Overview

The Quantum and Linear-Optical Computation (QLOC) research group at INL is doing theoretical work to guide the development and applications of cutting-edge photonic quantum computers. We are looking for two qualified researchers in the fields of theoretical quantum optics/quantum computation, whose work will contribute to the development of near-term, special-purpose photonic quantum computers. The researchers will work on the theory of characterization, simulation, and applications of state-of-the-art reconfigurable multi-mode interferometers, within the scope of the EC-funded PHOQUSING - “Photonics quantum sampling machine” project, funded by H2020 with grant agreement number 899544.

 

Job Duties

The job duties will be the following:

1.     Study and propose generalized versions of boson sampling, i.e. computational applications of reconfigurable linear and non-linear interferometers;

2.     Study of randomness generation and manipulation using photonic devices;

3.     Develop device validation techniques, including classical simulation and modelling;

4.     Devise proof-of-concept experiments using reconfigurable interferometers for hybrid quantum computation, quantum machine learning, and other suitable information-processing tasks.

 

 

Mandatory Qualifications

 

Education

  • PhD degree in Physics, Physical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or other related field, is required.

 

Experience

  • Research experience with linear and/or nonlinear optics, or other physical platforms for quantum computation;
  • A good track record of disseminating research results.

 

Technical Skills

  • Knowledge of quantum computational models: circuit model, measurement-based quantum computation, variational quantum algorithms, etc.

 

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with programming and quantum simulation techniques;
  • Experience with machine learning and other optimization techniques;
  • International mobility experience.

 

Personal Skills

  • “Hands-on” approach together with high commitment in respecting working deadlines;
  • Problem Solving ability;
  • Team work spirit;
  • Ability to work independently and as team player;
  • Good communication skills.

 

 

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 certificates;

d)     At least two letters of recommendation, to be sent directly to hr.services@inl.intwith a clear identification of candidate’s name and reference number of this call.

 

Online application instructions:

  1. The application is made online by clicking the “Apply” button below;
  2. The candidate must complete all required sections of the online application form;
  3. 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 recordingonline 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 (http://www.inl.int), 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.

 

 

 

 

 

RESEARCH FELLOW – ADVANCED THIN-FILM SOLAR


 INL is actively working to mitigate the risk of CoVid-19 and is promoting protection measures within their community with impact in the regular activities. Ongoing and new R&S processes may have changes during this exceptional period. Please check the details in the job vacancy to keep track on any updates.

 

Research Fellow – Advanced thin-film solar cells (Ref.11.21.46)

 

Type of contract: Limited duration

Research Centre: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL

Number of vacancies: 1

Duty Station: Braga, Portugal

Career Stage: Up to 3 years after PhD

Open date for applications: November 5th 2021

Closing Date for applications: November 26th 2021, 23:00 (Lisbon Time)

 

 

Organisation Description

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL (http://www.inl.int), 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.

 

This call is related to the Scientific Research and Technological Development Projects identified hereunder, which are co-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and National Funds through the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). 

 

a) Project Specifications: INL participates in the following scientific research: Micro-concentrator thin film solar cells.

b) Name of the project: MiconCell Micro-concentrator thin film solar cells

c) Reference number: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028922

d) Scientific Area:  Materials Engineering, Physical Sciences

e) Description:  Thin-film solar cell technology based on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) presents several crucial advantages with respect to the currently dominating Si technology, namely higher cost-reduction potential, lower material consumption, and higher power conversion efficiency potential. The innovative idea of the MiconCell project is to combine the highly efficient CIGSe technology with the concentrator PV approach and shrink the size scale to the micrometer range. The benefits of this novel concept are materials savings and an efficiency increase due to the use of concentrated sunlight. The main goal of the project is to develop CIGSe micro-concentrator solar cells that can be monolithically integrated with concentrator optics.

 

Description of the functions and key primary responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work in the Nanostructured Cells Research Group on the design and fabrication of micro solar cells and concentration optics.

 

She/he will be assigned the following working plan:

  • Fabrication and characterization of micro solar cell devices
  • Fabrication and integration of micro lens arrays for light concentration
  • Compound research activities and results and disseminate such results in research papers and reports
  • Engage in collaborative research with researchers from other groups and Institutions

 

Specific Eligibility Conditions:

Candidates must meet the following conditions, as they are required by the nature of the duties the candidate will be required to perform:

 

  • PhD degree in the field of Physics, Material Science, Materials Engineering, or related fields
  • Experience in fabrication and characterization of solar cells
  • Expertise in materials growth of semiconductors and their characterization 
  • Knowledge on any of the following instrumental techniques will also be evaluated: vacuum deposition of semiconductor layers, electrodeposition, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, solar simulator, quantum efficiency
  • Previous international mobility
  • Impeccable data management skills

 

The call describes the requirements in terms of qualifications and professional experience deemed appropriate for the position. If a candidate has additional qualifications and professional experience, they can only be recruited at the job category and profile specified.

 

Applications that not meet these conditions will not be considered.

 

Supervision: The work plan will be developed at the INL under the scientific guidance of Dr. Sascha Sadewasser. The successful candidate will be integrated in the Nanostructured Solar Cells Research Group.

 

Selection Committee:

The selection of candidates will be carried out by a Selection Committee consisting of the following persons:

1)     Dr. Sascha Sadewasser

2)     Dr. Pedro Anacleto

3)     Dr. Nicoleta Nicoara

4)     PatrĂ­cia Oliveira - Human Resources

 

Duration of the contract

The total duration of the employment contract shall be 6 months. The expected starting date is December 2021.

 

General Eligibility conditions, required qualifications and expertise:

 Candidates must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Hold a PhD Degree within the field of the selected vacancy;
  2. Be a Portuguese citizen, a European Union citizen or a non-European Union Citizen with a scientific and professional curriculum that demonstrates an appropriate profile for the activity to be performed;
  3. Fluency in English is required.

 

Supporting Documents:

Candidates must enclose the following supporting documents in pdf format, failing which the application will not be considered:

(a) Cover letter in English;

(b) Curriculum Vitae in English;

(c) Official transcripts of all relevant academic degrees;

(d) At least one recommendation letter;

(dRecognition 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: https://www.dges.gov.pt/en.

  

Evaluation process:

The evaluation process will follow a three-stage process:

1. Candidate eligibility check

Only full applications will be considered. The applicant will be responsible for the data submission and validation. The application language is English.

Applications that do not meet the eligibility conditions will not be considered.

2. Assessment of the Research Experience of the Candidate

The selection of candidates shall be made by means of an assessment of the research experience within the framework of the Project, which shall focus on the relevance, quality and up-to-date of the following items:

  • Scientific and Technological Production (‘STP’);
  • Applied and Practice-based Research Activities (‘RA’);
  • Activities  related to the Dissemination of Knowledge (‘DK’);
  • Activities related to the Management of Science, Technology and Innovation programmes (‘MSTI’).

 

The research experience will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • STP (65%): Academic Qualifications (AQ) – 10%; Research Quality (RQ) – 40%; Impact and Effectiveness (IE) – 15%;
  • RA (15%): Research Coordination (RC) – 5%; Development, operation and maintenance of core facilities “instrumentation and/or equipment”  (DOM) – 2%; organisation of conferences, symposia and scientific cooperation activities (OCSS) - 2 %; teaching activities “advanced courses or university” (TA) – 3%; research stays and internships (RSI) – 3%;
  • DK (5%): Transfer to other areas of society (TS) – 3%; promotion of the public understanding of science (PPUS) – 2%;
  • MSTI (5%): Development of Laboratory facilities, management of research groups (DFMG) – 3%; evaluation of STI activities (EA) – 2%.

 

This criteria will have a total valuation of 90%. The minimum threshold for this stage is 60%.

 

The top four ranked candidates will be shortlisted for interview, provided however that they pass the threshold mentioned above.

 
3. Interview(s)

Interviews will be conducted through web conference or face-to-face meetings, as may be deemed appropriate. This criterion will have a total valuation of 10%.

 
Assessment:

The Selection Committee will draw up the minutes of the R&S process in which candidates will be ranked according to their evaluation scores.

 

Approval and formal offer:

Successful applicants will be offered the corresponding positions.

 

How to apply:

The application is made online. Please click on the 'Apply for this job' button.

For the application to be valid, the candidate must complete all required sections of the online application form as well as submit all required documents.

 

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 Benefit: The personnel working at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory are exempt from national income taxes so the only deduction from their part of the salary will be 11 % for social security and 12% for an internal tax;
  • A family allowance of 160€/month 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 of 200€/month 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.

 

 

Financial Benefits:

INL offers an attractive financial package appropriate to an international research organization composed by a gross monthly Remuneration of 2600.00€ paid in 12 instalments. Due to INL special legal status as intergovernmental organization, financial benefits are exempt for national income tax. Apart from the salary, INL may offer, depending on the personal situation, additional allowances and benefits for families and non-residents. The financial benefits already include the-amount equivalent to the level 38 of the single remuneration table (TRU) as set out in Implementing Decree no. 11-A/2017, of December 29.

 

Applicable legal and regulatory framework, taking into consideration the international status of the Organisation:

The contract will be subject to the INL’s Staff Rules, as amended from time to time, as well as to all other relevant instructions issued by the Organisation. For this purpose, a copy of the Staff Rules shall be provided. The contract may also be supplemented by the terms and conditions of the Financing Contract between the Organisation and the FCT governing the implementation of the FCT Project.

Disputes between the Organisation and the Employed Member of the Personnel shall be settled in accordance with the INL´s Staff Rules.

 

Notification of results:

Each candidate notified via email of the result of their individual application. If the first candidate refuses the offer, the Human Resources will send an offer to the second candidate on the ranking, and so on until the vacancy is filled.

We highly value the interest shown from applicants wishing to become a part of the INL experience. It is important for us to maintain good communications with candidates. No matter the outcome of the application, we always send the applicant an answer. 

 

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 any duties based on their ancestry, age, sex, sexual preference, marital status, family and economic conditions, instruction, origin or social conditions, genetic heritage, reduced work capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, origin territory, language, religion, political or ideological convictions and union membership.

 

Helpdesk:

Applicants can receive support regarding applications to this positions via e-mail: hr.services@inl.int

 

JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOW - INTELLIGENT FAILURE PREVENTION FOR PHOTOVOLTAICS

 


INL is actively working to mitigate the risk of CoVid-19 and is promoting protection measures within our community with impact on the regular activities. Ongoing and new R&S processes may have changes during this exceptional period. Please check the details in the job vacancy to keep track on any updates.

 

Junior Research Fellow - Intelligent failure prevention for photovoltaics

 

Job Reference: Ref.06.21.32/1

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Group/Unit: Nanofabrication for Optoelectronic Applications (NOA)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Employment Type: Full time

Contract Duration18 months

 

Open Date for Applications: October 13th, 2021

Closing Date for Applications: November 10th, 2021, 23h00m (Lisbon Time)

 

Key words: #Failuremodes; #Imagerecognition; #Neuralnetworks; #Machinelearning; #Developer

 

Overview

The Nanofabrication for Optoeletronic Applications (NOA) Research Group is dedicated to interfacing the industry needs with the state-of-the art research and development in nanofabrication and optoelectronics. We are looking for a qualified Junior Fellow to join our team in developing an innovative solution for the management of photovoltaic parks under the project SMART-PV: Development of a platform for photovoltaic asset management via the intelligent failure prevention, with the code POCI-01-0247-FEDER-068919.

 

Job Duties

The job duties will be the following:

1.     Correlation of infrared imaging of photovoltaic modules with failures;

2.     Correlation of time-evolution of module electrical performance with infrared imaging;

3.     Creation of automatic mechanism capable of linking image recognition with known failure modes for solar modules

4.     Coordination with the industrial partners of the project;

5.     Reporting the project documentation including deliverables, reports and presentations.

 

Mandatory Qualifications

 

Education

  • Master Degree in Physics, Mechanical engineering, Electronics, Computational sciences and related areas

 

Technical Skills

  • Experience in programming languages as C++, Python;
  • Familiarity with AI algorithms such as classification and clustering;
  • Experience with AI frameworks such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, Keras, Scikit-learn.

 

Other Skills

  • Competence in the analysis of complex problems;
  • Competence in drone operator.

 

Personal Skills

  • “Hands-on” approach together with a high commitment in respecting working deadlines;
  • Problem Solving ability;
  • Customer orientation;
  • Ability to work independently and as team player;
  • Good communication skills.

 

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: https://www.dges.gov.pt/en.

 

At the application stage, the supporting document(s) mentioned in paragraph (d) [Recognition of academic degrees (only academic degrees awarded by non-Portuguese higher education institutions)], may be replaced by a Declaration of Honour (Template) from the candidate. In this case, the application of the candidate will be provisionally accepted provided that the following conditions shall be satisfied:

  1. The Declaration of Honour should state facts only prior to the application. If the information on the Declaration of Honour differs from the certificate of recognition submitted at stage of preparing the contract, only this last one is considered;
  2. The Certificate of Recognition issued by the competent Portuguese Authority is mandatory at the stage of preparing the contract;
  3. The Certificate of Recognition must match the information considered in the evaluation stage.

 

Online application instructions:

  1. The application is made online by clicking the “Apply” button below;
  2. The candidate must complete all required sections of the online application form;
  3. 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 recordingonline 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 (http://www.inl.int), 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.