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Junior Fellow - 2D Materials and Technology


Job Reference: Ref.09.21.42

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Group/Unit: 2D Materials and Devices

Number of Vacancies: 1

Employment Type: Full time

Contract Duration: 12 months


Open Date for Applications:  October 6th, 2021

Closing Date for Applications: November 29th, 2021, 23h00m (Lisbon Time)


Key words: Graphene, 2D electronics



The 2D Materials and Devices Group is dedicated to produce and engineer 2D materials for advanced technology. We are looking for a qualified and motivated Junior Fellow in the area of 2D materials and technology to join our team in developing graphene and related materials by solution processing and other scalable techniques. The GEMIS – Graphene-enhanced Electro-Magnetic Interference Shielding,” project with the reference POCI-01-0247-FEDER-045939 is co-funded by COMPETE 2020 – Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalization and FCT – Science and Technology Foundation, under the Portugal 2020 Partnership Agreement, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


The project aims at developing versatile technological solutions based on graphene and 2D materials (and composites), focusing at several applications (such as electromagnetic interference shielding) and will run in cooperation with Graphenest – a Portuguese graphene-producing company with strong R&D capabilities – and the University of Minho. The project will be also supported by the University of Texas at Austin.


The current position profile requires a Junior Fellow to develop and optimize graphene- and 2D materials-based technologies. The selected candidate will be working with an international INL team under the supervision of Dr Andrea Capasso.



          Job Duties

The Job duties will be the following:


  1. Develop graphene and 2D materials by liquid phase exfoliation, chemical vapor deposition, and other techniques;
  2. Characterize/optimize the materials to comply with the specific requirements of the targeted applications;
  3. Fabricate and test devices in the fields of flexible electronics, electromagnetic compatibility, sensing, among the others;
  4. Participate to other innovative research activities related to 2D materials production and application;
  5. Analyze current literature and contribute to writing reports and publications.


The candidate will have access to INL’s state of the art facilities for the materials preparation, nano-structuring, characterization and test. A wide range of equipment for the production, deposition (such as inkjet and screen printers, spray coaters, etc.) and testing of 2D materials and devices are available.


Note: The contract of employment may be renewed based on the performance of the individual and the duration of the project.


Mandatory Qualifications



  • MSc Degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Electronic Engineering, or any other relevant field;



  • Experience in nanomaterials;
  • Experience in writing and reporting (in English);


Technical Skills

  • Proficiency in nanotechnology, in terms of general knowledge and specific skills related to materials characterization.


Other Skills

  • Good English (written and spoken) and communication skills are required.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the area of graphene and 2D materials;
  • Previous international experience in related fields is considered a plus.


Personal Skills

  • Strong motivation to work as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment;
  • Team work spirit;
  • Good communication skills;
  • “Hands-on” approach combined with a high commitment in respecting working deadlines;
  • High organisation and dynamism;
  • Problem solving ability.


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.






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