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Porto De Sines


Co-funded by the EU

Competition for Granting a Research Fellowship (Rf)

Call for Applications

The EU-funded project “Advanced Multimodal Marketplace for Low Emission and Energy Transportation - ADMIRAL” invites proposals for a research fellowship grant (RFG) under the terms and conditions of the Portuguese Scientific Research Fellow Statute, approved by Law no. 40/2004, of 18 August. 


The following candidates can apply:

Graduates in Informatics and Computer Engineering or related areas, preferably with experience in transport modelling and data science, or enrolled in a Master's Degree programme in Informatics and Computer Engineering and other related areas.

Activity Rules

All the work will be developed under an exclusive dedication regime, as established in the Scientific Research Fellow Statute, approved by Law no. 40/2004, 18 August, as it stands, and in the FCT Regulations for Studentships and Fellowships, available on FCT and LNEC websites.


Parque Holanda
Estrada da Outurela, 118
2790-114 Carnaxide
Country: Portugal


LNEC – National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, I.P.
Department of Transport
Avenida do Brasil, 101
1700-066 Lisboa
Country: Portugal

Regular technical visits are planned to the APS.

Monthly Allowance

The Grant shall include a monthly allowance in the amount of € 930,98. The research fellow shall also be entitled to the applicable social security system and to insurance against personal accidents at work.

Submitting Applications

The applications shall be formalized by one of the following means:

  • Electronic mail addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., until 24h00 of the day of deadline.
  • Registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt addressed to MARLO (Parque Holanda, Estrada da Outurela, 118, 2790-114 Carnaxide, Portugal). The date of registration may be no later than the deadline.

In the latter case, the applications shall be delivered in a sealed envelope, bearing the following information on the outside: “Application for the research grant in the project Advanced Multimodal Marketplace for Low Emission and Energy Transportation - ADMIRAL”.

Selection Method and Criteria

The evaluation of the applications shall be based on the Applicant’s Merits (MC), and shall comprise two stages, a first stage of curricular evaluation (AC), and a second stage — interview with the selection jury (ES) —, to which all the candidates have obtained in the first stage a score equal to or higher than 14 shall be admitted.

Applicant’s merit:

Stage 1: Curricular Evaluation (AC)

  • Academic Background (PA) – scores of the academic degree required by this call – 60%
  • Professional curriculum vitae (CP) – scientific and professional career – 40%

Stage 2: Applicant’s Merits (MC)

  • Curricular evaluation (AC) – 60%
  • Interview with the selection jury (ES) – 40%

The interview will assess the following: motivation to conduct research in the scientific area of the competition, motivation to develop the dissertation thesis in the scientific area of the competition, and capacity to express ideas and concepts orally.

Hence, the final classification is as follows:

AC = 0.6 x PA + 0.4 x CP
MC = 0.60 x AC + 0.40 x ES


The deadline for applications is February 19th 2024.

Scientific Area

Computer Science and Informatics Engineering applied to transportation and logistics, Data Science and Engineering and related areas, considered relevant for the project ADMIRAL


The Grant will be awarded for 12 months but may be renewed until the end of the project, which is the end of April 2026.

Workplan and Objectives

The research fellow is expected to participate in the project pilot Portugal-Spain (WP5, task 5.2) led by the Port of Sines and the Algarve Administration (APS), in cooperation with MARLO and LNEC. This pilot is an element in developing a sustainable multimodal transport and logistics corridor between Sines and Madrid and its hinterland.

The research fellow should apply AI and data science methods in the analysis/evaluation/modelling of processes, traffic flows, scenarios and KPIs in the corridor using data provided by APS.

Scientific Supervision

The research fellow's activities will be supervised by the project coordinator at LNEC, Eng. Elisabete M. Mourinho Arsénio Guterres de Almeida (Elisabete Arsénio), Principal Researcher at LNEC's Transport Department, and by Prof. Rui Henriques, associated researcher of INESC-ID/IST. At MARLO, the supervision is conducted by Eng. Nuno Bento.

Required Application Documents

  1. at the time of the application:
  • Letter of application (maximum: one A4 page).
  • Degree certificate, with an indication of the partial scores and final classification.
  • Document stating the score obtained in each curricular unit of the course the applicant is attending, if applicable.

Certificates issued outside Portugal shall be valid only if they are duly endorsed by an issuing entity or if a recognition/equivalence document is produced stating that the foreign qualifications correspond to the same Portuguese qualifications.  The respective scores can only be used if they are officially converted to the Portuguese scoring scale (by DGES – Direção Geral do Ensino Superior or by a public higher education institution), even if the foreign classification corresponds to a 1 to 20 scale.

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  • Other documents (optional), such as letters of reference and supporting documents of internships or complementary courses considered relevant for the purposes of this Grant.
  1. at the time of the awarding of the contract:

Necessary information for preparing the contract.

Selection Jury

Caroline Vodrazka, MARLO’s representative in the ADMIRAL project

Luis Miguel Silva, APS representative for the ADMIRAL project

Elisabete M. Mourinho Arsenio Guterres de Almeida, Principal Researcher, LNEC

Rui Miguel Carrasqueiro Henriques, Professor and Associate Researcher of INESC-ID, IST

Financing Source

The EU Horizon Europe Programme (100%)

Reserve List

Runners up will be kept on a reserve for 6-month period from the date of the application.