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Junior Research Fellow – Portable Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based systems for dissolved CO2 detection in compact microalgae-based waste

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)


International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Junior Research Fellow – Portable Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based systems for dissolved CO2 detection in compact microalgae-based wastewater system



Job Reference: Ref.09.22.43

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Group/Unit: Water Quality

Number of Vacancies: 1

Employment Type: Full time

Contract Duration: 24 months with possible extension


Open Date for Applications: October 3rd, 2022

Closing Date for Applications: November 3rd 2022, 23h00m (Lisbon Time)


Key words: #nanotechnology, #SERS, #microsystems, #enviromentalmonitoring




The Water Quality Research Group is working on overcoming some of the most challenging issues in water environment making responsible use of the great opportunities that nanotechnology offers.


We are looking for a Junior Research Fellow to work on a collaborative project, which is FRONTSH1P project that form part of the call “Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Research and Innovation in support of the European Green Deal (H2020-LC-GD-2020)”. One of the main objectives is the demonstration of circular systematic solutions (CSSs) for the descarbonisation and territorial regeneration in Lodzkie (Poland) region. The Water Quality group at INL takes part of the CSS3: Water&Nutrients in the development and integration of SERS-based sensor for the monitoring of the performance of microalgae based-wastewater treatment.


The selected researcher will collaborate with with international multidisciplinary teams with expertise in SERS sensors, microsystems and microfabrication technology, surface chemistry, microfluidics, wastewater treatments, microalgae-based natural solution.


Job Duties


1.     Develop innovative SERS sensors for the monitoring of dissolved CO2 in microalgae-based wastewater system;

2.     Develop and integrate robust sensors solutions with microfluidic and electronics;

3.     Validation of the SERS sensors by design a lab-scaled microalgae-based reactor;

4.     Produce several technical and scientific documentation and work planning;

5.     Report R&D activities for project documentation including deliverables and presentations;

6.     Contribute to publish research in high impact journals.



Mandatory Qualifications



  • MSc degree in MSc in Nanotechnology, Material science, Chemistry, Biochemistry or similar.



Experience & Technical Skills


  • Experience in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and SERS substrate design.
  • Experience in synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials (i.e. electron microscopies, X-Ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and sample preparation).

  • Experience in surface and analytical chemistry.



Preferred Skills:


  • Experience in microalgae cultivation.
  • Experience in microfluidics (fabrication and modelling).



Personal Skills


  • Strong motivation to work both independently and as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment.

  • Highly organised and dynamic.

  • “Hands-on” approach together with a high commitment in respecting working deadlines.

  • Good communication skills.


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)     Letter(s) of support from past academic supervisor(s).



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 recording, online 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 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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