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International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal

Staff Researcher – Tenure Track Position. Water Monitoring and Treatment


Employer: Int. Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
Location: Braga, Portugal
Contract Duration: Tenure track position with initial appointment for 4 years
Research Field: Life Sciences
Unit: Nano4Environemnt 
Career Stage: +10 years research experience after PhD
Job Type: Full Time
Closing Date: January 25th 2017, 23:00h Lisbon time
Salary: Competitive package and benefits

About INL

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory - INL (, was founded under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research and to deploy and articulate nanotechnology for the benefit of society. INL aims to become the world-wide hub for nanotechnology addressing society’s grand challenges with specific emphasis on Aging & Wellbeing, Mobility & Urban Living and a Safe & Secure Society.

The work undertaken by our research centre has a significant impact on people’s lives and societal benefit. The objective is to ensure that staff is employed on the basis of skills and requirements for the job and that there is a mutually beneficial relationship between INL’s expectations and the staff personal and professional career development. INL recruits from all over the world. We find the diversity and multiculturalism of our teams as well as family friendly working practices and benefits to be a great asset and an essential element in cultivating an attractive and inspiring workplace.


INL is seeking an experienced staff researcher to develop and participate in collaborative projects in the area of nanotechnologies used for water analysis and treatment whose main responsibility would be to use existing technologies and develop novel platforms and nanomaterials in straight collaboration with partners (academic and industrial) leading to the validation of the new methodologies vs established laboratory procedures where appropriate.

INL is presently participating in projects for development and validation of integrated platforms and solutions for in situ and (semi)automated water analysis. These platforms require complete solutions ranging from water sampling, sample treatment, bio-analyte recognition and detection, data transfer.  and contaminant capture and concentration among others.

Capture and concentration of water contaminants for further analysis and decontamination is another field of ongoing funded research at INL. In these regards, NANO4ENVIRONMENT Research Unit got recently approved a Norte2020 project (NANO2WATER) where one of the goals is the utilisation of Nanoporous Materials, e.g. Organic Frameworks (OFs), Nanoclays and Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs), for the specific capture of target contaminants

Job Requirements and Key Responsibilities

The selected candidate is expected to join ongoing programmes at INL, and to develop new solutions increasing the portfolio of existing technologies for water analysis and treatment

Desired Skills and Experience

  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Applied Physics, or related technical fields;
  • Over 10 years of active research after PhD in using diagnostic tools or nanomaterials for water analysis and decontamination. Candidates with an exceptional CV but shorter research career will also be considered;
  • The candidate should have demonstrated capability of group leadership and project coordination;
  • The candidate is expected to participate and have experience in strategic decisions, production of technical and scientific documentation and planning of projects;
  • Applicants are also expected to have high quality publications in international journals and to be competitive in obtaining external research funding;
  • Applicants with international mobility experience will be highly evaluated;
  • Outstanding international exposure that warrants a solid international network for collaboration in competitive European funding;
  • Proven experience in technology transfer, innovation driven, to sustain a close collaboration with industry.

Personal Skills

Creative thinking, interested in applied science, willing to work in a team, communication, organizational andreporting skills.


English is the working language of INL. Therefore, excellent communication skills in English are required.

What we Offer

  • Tenure track position with initial appointment for 4 years. For candidates with an exceptional track record a tenured position may be granted.
  • Employment contract and competitive compensation package.
  • Employees will also benefit of the various social facilities available at INL.
  • International and highly competitive environment in contact with leading edge technology.
  • Highly competitive multidisciplinary research environment.

How to Apply

International candidates are welcome to apply.

The application is made online. Please click on the 'Apply' button below.

Interested applicants should submit: a single pdf file containing the candidate’s CV, a statement on research interest (2000 character maximum), a list of the 5 most relevant publications, the contact details of 3 references.

Bear in mind that incomplete applications, will not be considered for evaluation. The application language is in English.

Employment Agreement

If your application is successful and you accept our offer of employment you will receive the employment agreement and all other relevant documents. If you are relocating, you will be given assistance by the HR Office.

If Your Application is Not Successful

We highly value the interest shown from applicants wishing to become a part of the INL experience. It is important for us to maintain good communications with candidates. No matter the outcome of the application, we always send the applicant an answer.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

INL is an equal opportunity organisation, committed to providing equal career opportunities and firmly adheres to a principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issues.

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The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice in order to improve the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory is the first, and so far the only, fully international research organisation in Europe in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

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