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esearch Scholarship for a Ph.D. student - RH 0980 CETRIB 15/2021

Submit Application until 23-09-2021 Apply

INEGI - Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial announces the open call for one (1) Research Scholarship for a Ph.D. student with a Master degree in Engineering within the framework of the project "PTDC/EMD-EMD/0980/2020 – Coronary Artery Disease Numerical Simulation and Functional Assessment by Advanced Computed Tomography” funded by FCT/MCTES, under the following conditions:

Scientific areas: Informatics and Computing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Biomedical Engineering

Work Plan title: Development and validation of computational methods to support the processing and analysis of myocardial blood flow in dynamic imaging studies

Admission requirements:

Priority will be given to candidates with:

a)   MSc degree in Informatics and Computing Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or Bioengineering or others considered appropriate;

b)   Applied knowledge of developing interactive software tools;

c)   Applied knowledge of image processing and analysis methods, emphasizing the focus on medical imaging;

d)   Applied knowledge of machine learning methods;

e)   Knowledge of data and/or information visualization;

f)    Interest in clinical applicability, namely in cardiology;

g)   Speaking, reading, writing, listening of Portuguese e English languages: High Priority, Very Good Level;

h)   Master's degree with an average of 14 or above, on the Portuguese classification scale;

i)     Enrollment in the Doctoral Program in Computer Engineering (PRODEI) or in the Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering (PRODEM) or in the Doctoral Program in Biomedical Engineering (PRODEB) or others considered appropriate, of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), in the act of signing the contract.

Eligibility of candidates:

Candidates shall meet the eligibility conditions provided for in article 9 of the FCT I.P, Research Scholarship Regulation.

Applicants with foreign academic degrees are required to submit the records of recognition of such degrees issued by a Portuguese public higher education establishment (regime governed by Decree-Law No. 66/2018, of 16 August, and Portaria No. 33/2019, of 25 January). These documents are mandatory for signing the contract. For further information, please see

Work plan:

The work to be developed under this grant, developed in collaboration with the Cardiology Service of the Hospital Center of Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho, EPE (CHVNGE), aims to contribute with a set of computational procedures and methods for processing, visualization and interactive analysis of cardiac perfusion from computed tomography (CTP) imaging data.

The medical team involved in this project are Prof. Dr. Nuno Bettencourt, Prof. Dr. Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes, Dr. Nuno Ferreira and Dr. Diogo Ferreira.

In this context, the work to be developed, following an iterative user-centered approach, includes, generically, the following phases:

a)   Familiarization with recent literature on CT analysis of cardiac function and existing processing and analysis methods;

b)   Familiarization with current practices for CTP analysis, namely those adopted by the CHVNGE Cardiology Service, and identification of the needs and motivations of healthcare professionals for the definition of requirements;

c)   Proposal and implementation of methods for the identification of anatomical structures of interest in CTP exams (e.g., myocardium, aortic artery);

d)   Development of methods to support the creation of an annotated CTP database, namely by providing expeditious and interactive annotation tools (e.g., by medical doctors) to support the development and validation in the subsequent phases of the work;

e)   Study and implementation of computational methods for the determination of CTP dynamic parameters (e.g., transmural perfusion, TPR), their visualization and analysis;

f)    Interactive integration of the different contributions in an interactive software tool that can be used and evaluated by healthcare professionals.

Applicable Legislation:

Research Fellow Statute, approved by Law No. 40/2004 of August 18, in the current wording published by Decree-Law No. 123/2019 of August 28; Regulation of Research Grants of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. in force (Regulation No. 950 / 2019 of 16 December)

Working place:

The work will be carried out in the scope of INEGI facilities in Porto Portugal, or in other places required for the execution of the work plan.

Scientific supervision:

Prof. Doutora Sónia Pinto; Doutor Samuel Silva

Grant duration and regime:

Duration of 12 months, and may be renewed until the end of the project. The granting of the scholarships does not generate or entitle a legal-labor relationship, it is exercised under an exclusive dedication regime and the Scholarship holder is granted the Scholarship Holder Status, in accordance with the Regulation for Research Grants of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., both in their current wording.

Expected starting date: October 2021.

Monthly allowance:

The scholarship amount corresponds to 1104,64 €, according to FCT (, I.P. monthly maintenance stipend table for scholarships in Portugal (Annex I - of FCT IP Research Scholarship Regulation.  The scholarship payment will be made by bank transfer.

Other benefits:

Voluntary Social Security reimbursement, corresponding to the 1st level of the contributory base (for scholarships lasting 6 months or more); Personal Accident Insurance.

Evaluation criteria:

The selection method will be a curricular evaluation, using a one to five (1 to 5) assessment scale, with the following weights: academic qualifications and degree of fulfilment of experience and knowledge required (40%). An interview (weighting 60%) will be carried out to the five best candidates selected. The jury reserves the right not to fill the position, if there are no candidates that meet the requirements. In case the candidate placed in 1st does not accept the scholarship or in case he/she withdraws from the scholarship during the respective work program, the candidate placed in 2nd may be invited to accept the scholarship. This procedure may be repeated in subsequent cases of non-acceptance or withdrawal, according to the decision of the scientific supervisor, respecting the ordering of the list contained in the minutes of the selection process.

Composition of the evaluation panel:

Professora Doutora Luísa Costa Sousa (President), Professora Doutora Sónia Pinto (Vowel), Doutor Samuel Silva (Vowel). Professora Doutora Catarina Castro (Alternate Vowel).

Publication/notification of results:

The final evaluation results (ordered list) will be published in The selected candidate will be notified by email.

Deadlines and Submission of applications:

Applications must include the following documents:

- Motivation letter, stating the adequacy of the curriculum to the position;

- Curriculum Vitae, highlighting the points referred in the topic of "Admission requirements”;

- Copy of the MSc certificate and proof of the classifications obtained in all subjects (the certificate must be accompanied by the proof of the classifications obtained in all course units);

- Copy of relevant publications.

Expressions of interest should be sent between the 6th July and 23rd of September 2021 through the official INEGI website in Available Vacancies by pressing Submit Application RH 0980 CETRIB 15/2021 or by mail:

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