Grants

The grants are 1495 euro per month, tax free, plus insurance and social security, for 24 months. Efforts will be made during this time to obtain further financing and extend the period of these grants. The cost of life in Portugal is quite cheap when compared to most European countries and in Covilhã, away from the two big Portuguese cities (Lisbon and Porto), the costs are even smaller. To have an idea, the cost of living in Porto w.r.t to London is about 50% smaller:
www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/comparison/london/oporto

We have available the following post-docs positions (candidates should send an email with their CVs to the respective contacts, as soon as possible):

Ref. C4_WP1.1 | Nibiru – V&V-as-a-service / Requirement-as-a-Plugin

Post-doctoral fellowship to pursue research work on reliability, security and quality assurance of software systems. The research aims at exploring the “test-as-a-service”, “reasoning-as-a-service” and “Verification-as-a-service” paradigms generically gathered as “software Validation & Verification-as-a-service”. The implemented prototypes are expected to not only be deploy-able in the Cloud but also to take advantages of it. Indeed, an innovative aspect to be further explored from previous research is to consider the supported requirements as plug-ins. Furthermore, foundational research is expected to be conducted on how to consider individually these requirement plug-ins: for instance, functional correctness (in the presence of concurrency) or, on the non-functional requirements side, energy efficiency or power consumption, usability and accessibility, etc.

Prof. Simão Melo de Sousa | desousa@di.ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP1.2 | Security by Construction in Cloud and Internet of Things Ecosystems

Post-doctoral fellowship to supervise the pursuit and the quality of the research activities on security by construction in cloud and Internet of things ecosystems, as well as for the execution of parts of those works, which include the research of ways to establish the guarantee of security in software systems by construction, focusing mainly on software design and development processes (security engineering). It also includes the prototyping of a set of software tools for security engineering, attack modelling, and semi-assisted testing.

Prof. Pedro Inácio | prmi@ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP1.3 | Fault Tolerance in Cloud and Internet of Things Ecosystems

Post-doctoral fellowship to pursue research work in a project about fault tolerance in cloud and Internet of things ecosystems. The goal of the project is to explore fault tolerant mechanisms for cloud-based mobile applications. The work plan includes the prototyping of a set of tools for fault tolerance that may be added as a service configurable according to each application specificity’s.

Prof. Paula Prata | pprata@ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP1.4 | Optimization of Cloud and Internet of Things Ecosystems

Post-doctoral fellowship to pursue research work on optimization issues about secure live virtual machine migration and to explore resource optimization in edge computing involving the preservation of user privacy through blockchains. The developed prototypes should be included and tested in CloudSimPlus (http://cloudsimplus.org), a framework for simulation of cloud computing infrastructures and services developed in our research group.

Prof. Mário Freire | mario.freire@ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP2.1 | CLOUD-S-POLIS

Link | www.eracareers.pt/opportunities/index.aspx?task=global&jobId=106643&lang=pt

The project aims at the development of autonomous UAVs to perform visual surveillance in urban environments, based on soft biometric information. The idea is that – upon a security incident – to receive one query composed of a set of soft biometric traits (e.g., “a blonde girl with 4 years, wearing a red shirt and a blue skirt”), and to scan exhaustively one predefined area, to find targets potentially matching the query. We are seeking for candidates holding a Ph.D. in Informatics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or related fields, preferably with expertise in the Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Image Processing and Biometrics domains. Solid programming skills in C++ and Python languages is also a requirement.

Prof. Hugo Proença | hugomcp@di.ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP2.2 | Passing Cloud

Link | www.eracareers.pt/opportunities/index.aspx?task=global&jobId=106619&lang=pt

The successful candidate will research and develop algorithms and applications for the development of a framework to identify, predict, monitor and warn on constraints and risks for road traffic. Therefore, it is expected that the applicant has and is able to further develop research and development skills on mobile applications, integration of Artificial Intelligence technologies, and Cloud Computing technologies. It is also expected that the successful candidate is able to perform some administrative tasks related with the scientific management of the project. The successful applicant will also be responsible for accompanying the development of research work with graduate and undergraduate students and junior researchers, and of contributing to the writing of research projects in this area.

Prof. Nuno M. Garcia | ngarcia@di.ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP2.3 | Computacional Linguistic Services Platform

Link | www.eracareers.pt/opportunities/index.aspx?task=global&jobId=106621&lang=pt

The candidates should have a PhD degree in Computer Science Engineering or equivalent. Special relevance will be given to the candidates with experience in Natural Language Processing, alternatively, Artificial Intelligence / Computational Intelligence. The work plan includes scientific and technological research tasks carried out in order to a Cloud Platform for Linguistic Computing Services.

Prof. Sebastião Pais | sebastiao@di.ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP2.4 | Cloud robotics

Link | www.eracareers.pt/opportunities/index.aspx?task=global&jobId=106642&lang=pt

The work plan includes the creation of a generic cloudification model for robotic algorithms, that integrates with the Robot Operating System (ROS), allowing the cooperation and information sharing between different robots to take place, but giving guaranties of privacy and security at the same time. This information sharing is the key to accelerating and making robust the learning of problems such as voice or object recognition. The candidate should have a PhD in Computer Science or similar area, while preference is given to those that have experience with robotics and/or cloud computing.

Prof. Luís Alexandre | luis.alexandre@ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP2.5 | Cloud Based Image/Video Coding: Improving efficiency and QoE

The work plan includes scientific and technological research tasks carried out in order to design and implement a cloud-based holographic and plenotic coding method, which allows a good performance of the encoder in relation to encoding time, throughput and QoE. The candidates should have a PhD degree in Computer Science, or Computer Engineering, or Electrical and Computer Engineering or equivalent. Special relevance will be given to the candidates with experience in Image and video coding and Quality of Experience on Multimedia.

Prof. Manuela Pereira | mpereira@di.ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP2.6 | Bioinformatics

Post-doctoral fellowship to support R&D activities in the field of health sciences in close collaboration with CICS-UBI(http://www.cics.ubi.pt/). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on multi-disciplinary projects involving topics such as: analysis of biological, clinical and epidemiological data for the identification of disease biomarkers; identification of genomic risk variants in case-control genetic epidemiology studies; computational analysis of genomic variants to assess their potential functional impact; virtual drug screening and drug-molecule interaction modelling; and other computational biology applications.

Prof. Ana Paula Duarte | apcd@ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP2.7 | Bioclimatic modelling, landscape struture, biodiversity and climate changes

Research work on floristic and faunistic diversity in Portugal and statistical analysis in order to relate indicators linked to biological communities with biophysical attributes and agroforestry models. Modelling Mediterranean species to evaluate the past and present species distribution range, using the strawberry tree as a case-study and different software types. Requirements of admission: PhD in the areas of Forestry Engineering or Natural Resources and in Ecology, Biology or related areas. Experience with tools related to Geographic Information Systems and in ecological niche modelling. Knowledge of R language is preferred.

Prof. Margarida Ribeiro | mataide@ipcb.pt

Ref. C4_WP3.1 | Data Mining for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses in Health Sciences

Post-doctoral fellowship to support R&D activities in the field of evidence-based medicine. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on systematic reviews and meta-analyses in several fields of health sciences, through data mining of biomedical literature and databases. The candidate will apply existing as well as develop new statistical methods for meta-analysis and other analysis of medical data. Work will be carried out in close collaboration with the Mathematics and Medical Sciences departments at UBI, and associated health institutions.

Prof. Luísa Pereira | lpereira@ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP3.2 | Big Text to Knowledge (BText2K)

Post-doctoral fellowship to pursue research work on the extraction of knowledge from unstructured text, especially huge amounts of text (“Big Text”) stored in, or flowing through, large infrastructures like a cloud or the Web. In particular, there is a high interest in the extraction of binary relations between named-entities and relations that characterize entities. This kind of relations are of great relevancy, being fundamental for multiple advancements in Natural Language Processing, and also with many interesting applications in different areas of Artificial Intelligence.

Prof. João Cordeiro | jpcc@ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP3.3 | Omics data analysis

Post-doctoral fellowship to support R&D activities in the field of health sciences in close collaboration with CICS-UBI (http://www.cics.ubi.pt/). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on multi-disciplinary projects involving omics data, including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. The candidate will be responsible for providing bioinformatics support including data management and analysis of high throughput sequencing data from next-generation sequencing.

Prof. Manuel Lemos | mclemos@fcsaude.ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP3.4 | Machine Learning algorithms to detect disease risk factors

Post-doctoral fellowship to pursue research work on using Cloud distributed Machine Learning algorithms to detect disease risk factors. The goal of the project consists of using both (Big Data) genetic and clinical information of patients to create prediction models, using state of-the-art algorithms (e.g. deep learning), that can accurately detect high-risk patients.

Prof. Noel Lopes | noel@ipg.pt

Ref. C4_WP4.1 | Use and impact of cloud computing on public regional and local administration

This research aims at exploring rigorous software development methodologies and cloud based technological solutions that increase and guarantee citizen rights, such as privacy, transparency etc. whilst empowering a better and larger digital citizenship both from the local administration’s and from the citizen’s point of view. In particular, the research to be conducted must ease the Cloudification of information systems aimed for local public administration. Furthermore, fundamental research is expected to be conducted on the use of blockchains for a better audit-ability of public information system and of decision support systems in use in local administration.

Prof. Simão Melo de Sousa | desousa@di.ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP4.2 | Use and impact of cloud computing in the social sector

This research aims at exploring rigorous software development methodologies and cloud based technological solutions that improve the impact and organization of the social sector. In particular, the conducted research must ease the aggregation and subsequent cloudification of information systems currently available in the social sector. Furthermore, fundamental research is expected to be conducted on the use of blockchains for a better auditability of social initiatives and in particular improve the interactions between the social sector and the state institutions that regulate and finance this area.

Prof. Simão Melo de Sousa | desousa@di.ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP4.3 | Predictive Algorithms for Health

Link | www.eracareers.pt/opportunities/index.aspx?task=global&jobId=106620&lang=pt

The successful candidate will research and develop algorithms and applications for the development of a framework to identify, predict, monitor and warn on cardiology, Neurodegenerative diseases and comportmental originated diseases. Therefore, it is expected that the applicant has and is able to further develop research and development skills on biosignal processing, mobile applications, integration of Artificial Intelligence technologies, and Cloud Computing technologies. It is also expected that the successful candidate is able to perform some administrative tasks related with the scientific management of the project. The successful applicant will also be responsible for accompanying the development of research work with graduate and undergraduate students and junior researchers, and of contributing to the writing of research projects in this area.

Prof. Nuno M. Garcia | ngarcia@di.ubi.pt

Ref. C4_WP4.4 | Security services for public clouds in the context of public administration

Post-doctoral fellowship to pursue research work on security services in public clouds for local authorities and public administration.This research aims at exploring new identity mechanisms and data privacy mechanism for public clouds. In particular research based on the use of integrating two factor authentication mechanisms for public services is to encouraged and methodologies for classifying security and privacy levels of information in public administrations. Furthermore, fundamental research is expected to be conducted on the development of new cryptographic primitives, bases on emerging homomorphic encryption and multi-party computation techniques for privacy, confidentiality, group accessibility and audit trails when accessing sensitive information on public clouds.

Prof. Paul Crocker | crocker@di.ubi.pt