Applications until 9 of January
Research Grant available at CICECO Aveiro Institute of Materials
A research grant is available for scientists who currently hold a Master degree within the framework of CICECO- Aveiro Institute of Materials CTM /50011 (Ref. Compete:POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007679), financed by national funds through FCT/MCTES (PIDDAC) and co-financed by FEDER under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement, under the following conditions:

Research field: Materials Science and Engineering


Admission requirements:

  • Significant experience in the field of Materials Engineering and in particular in glasses and glass-ceramic materials.
  • Experience in statistical mechanical modelling of glass systems and programming in C++ with good knowledge in thermodynamics.
  • Experience in experimental methodologies that are employed in glass preparation and characterization.



Activity Outline:

Due to ever increasing demand for glasses and glass-ceramic materials, there is a need to increase our fundamental understanding of the glass systems: its structure and crystallization behaviour. The objective of the current work is contributing to fulfil this gap by developing theoretical models. The work would be carried out within the lithium silicate based glass system and involve development of mathematical models for Qn-speciation and liquid-liquid phase separation based on statistical physics and thermodynamics. In conjunction with the theoretical part of the program, the work also involves preparation and characterization of glasses and glass-ceramics to elucidate the structure-property relationships and compare with the developed theories.


Legislation and regulations: The fellowship is in accordance with Law Nº. 40/2004, 18th August (Research Fellow Statute) and regulations for Advanced Training of Human Resources of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) I.P. — no. 234/2012, no. 326/2013 and no. 339/2015 ( and the Regulation of Scientific Research Grants from the University of Aveiro – Regulation n.º 341/2011, published in Diário da República, 2nd series, n.º 98, 20th Maio.


Workplace: The work will be carried out at CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, under the scientific supervision of Professor José Ferreira.



Duration and scope of activity: The fellowship will have a duration of 6 months on an exclusivity basis, and is expected to begin in January of 2018.



Value of monthly maintenance allowance: 980 Euros/month (tax free) according to the official table for Research Grants from FCT -, to be paid monthly via bank transfer.



Evaluation Criteria and Process: The evaluation criteria include: the suitability of the candidate background to the position, namely significant experience demonstrated through the CV in the following relevant areas:

  • Materials Science Engineering and in particular in glasses and glass-ceramic materials.
  • Statistical mechanical modelling of glass systems and programming in C++ with good knowledge in thermodynamics.
  • Experimental methodologies employed in glass preparation and characterization.

If the CV is considered enough informative it will be valued 100%. Otherwise, 3 best candidates will be interviewed. In this case, the interview will count 60% and the CV 40%. The final results of the evaluation will be communicated by e-mail.



Juri: The Jury responsible for the evaluation process is composed by:

José Maria da Fonte Ferreira;

Hugo Alexandre Gonçalves da Rocha Fernandes;

Isabel Margarida Miranda Salvado



Documents Required: i) Application letter; ii) Curriculum Vitae, dated and signed, including a description of previous activities in scientific projects; iii) Photocopy (or scanned copy) of identity card or passport; iv) certificate of habilitations). Applications should be sent by email to


Call Start and Finish Dates: December 26th to January 9th.

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