Research Internships for master students

Are you a Master student looking for an internship opportunity?

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) is launching a Call for Research Internships

If you are interested, please contact the Master program coordinator at your home university


About INL

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) is a research organization in Europe focused in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, with an international legal status recognized by the United Nations. INL is dedicated to the development of nanotechnology-based solutions applied to the health, energy and electronics, food and environmental control sectors.

Call Objectives

The INL Research Internship initiative aims to provide an opportunity for students, who are currently enrolled in a Master's degree program, to carry out the research portion of their Master's degree curriculum at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL).

Benefits of doing your research project at INL

INL will provide the selected applicants the opportunity to develop and carry out a research project in a highly stimulating and multicultural environment, which includes access to state-of-the-art equipment and unique training opportunities.  

Research projects

INL currently pursues research in the following fields

  • Health: point of care diagnostics (lab on chip microsystems, microfluidic platforms), DNA, protein and cell chips, biomolecular labels, drug delivery solutions, biomedical imaging, hyperthermia, neuroelectronics.
  • Safety in Environmental and food control: Nanotechnology applied to Food industry, food safety and environmental control. Water and Soil control, air pollution monitoring. Lab-on-a-chip technologies, Smart Packaging and labels, biosensing technologies.
  • Energy: solar cells, batteries and fuel cells, energy harvesting micro and nanosystems. 
  • ICT (nanoelectronics): NEMS/MEMS, Spintronics, Photonics, Micro and Nanofluidics, integration of new technologies on CMOS.  Development of support platforms for the health, environmental and food control, and energy areas.

Project opportunities are within one of the research fields listed above. For more detailed information, please consult INL´s project offers below. This list of projects is not limited. Other projects proposed by the Master coordinator at each university may be added, always including a co-advisor from INL.

Duration of Internship

Internships will have a typical duration between 6 and 12 months.

Eligibility criteria

Students must be currently enrolled in a Master's degree graduate program at a University.

Submission Procedures

Candidates are to apply through their university, by contacting the coordinator of the Master program in which the candidate is enrolled. Only applications proposed by the Master program coordinator, at the candidate´s home university, are accepted.

Selection of Candidate

Once candidate students have been selected for each research project (internal process at the University), the Master Coordinator should contact INL at ““ for final selection by INL.

List of Projects


(Eco)toxicology of nanomaterials: “in vitro” models

Evaluation of Nano Micro-Porous materials for biotoxin capture

Synthesis and Functionalization of Covalent Organic Frameworks

Nanocomposite polymer beads for cell detection and in-vitro culture

Quantitative characterization by FIB/SEM “slice and view”

High-resolution STEM with controlled electron dose

Computational methods for modelling atomic structures and simulating TEM images

Art and media from scientific sources – Nanoscale on the big screen

Preparation and Characterization of Biointerfaces

Characterization of Nanoparticle-Cell Biointerfaces

High-Speed, Multiple Channel Lab-on-Chip Acquisition Hardware for Magneto-resistive biochip applications

Handheld electrochemical impedance spectroscopy sensing unit

Design of A/D converter for a CMOS-based Magnetic Imaging Sensor

Electron Microscopy Investigations of Core-Shell Inorganic Nanotubes 

Synthesis and characterization of Nanocatalysts and 2D Nanosheets of Transition metal chalcogenides (TMDs)

Functionalization of Magnetic Nanoparticles for ‘Theranostic’ Applications

Development of gold nanoparticle based-lateral flow assay for the detection of food-borne pathogens

Evaluation of experimental conditions for the use of nucleic acid enzymes combined to magnetic particles for the detection of food-borne pathogens

Development of a novel nanotechnology-based detector of cancer cells in biological fluids

DNA extraction from food samples for PCR applications through microscale solid phase extraction (µSPE)

Development of Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) on a microfluidic platform for food analysis

Graphene and nanodiamond hybrids for electronic applications

High numerical aperture (NA) spectroscopic imaging ellipsometry: Optical Modelling

Software development for measurement control and data analysis of electrical characterization of magnetic tunnel junction devices  

Development of micro-solar cell growth by electrodepostition

Development of patterned substrates for micro-concentrator solar cells

Towards Nanostructured Metal Phosphide Electrocatalysts

Towards Printed Electronics Based on Monodisperse Cu2O Nanoparticles 

Fabrication of carbon nanofibers by electrospinning for use in lithium-ion batteries

Fabrication of TiO2 nanotube arrays for use in solar cells

Large scale fabrication of composite nanostructures using atomic layer deposition

Hydrothermal synthesis of metal oxide/sulfide nanostructures for use in lithium-ion batteries and photocatalysis

Chemical synthesis of graphene/graphene oxide for use in high-performance energy storage

Fabrication of inorganic-organic hybrid solar cells

Large scale synthesis of silicon nanostructures for use in next-generation lithium-ion battery anodes

Development of non-precious, earth-abundant electrocatalysts for hydrogen/oxygen evolution

Fluorescence based techniques for biosensor characterization

Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy of lipid nano-carriers

Development of a phage-based lab-on-chip for the detection of foodborne pathogens

Electric-field-assisted switching in magnetic tunnel junctions

Development of multiplex assays for the detection of ischemic stroke biomarkers

Incorporation of Se in metallic precursors for the crystallization of CuInSe2 absorbers to be used in thin film solar cells 

CuInSe2 micro solar cells from In precursors   

Atomic force microscopy characterization of solar cell materials 

Growth of Cu(In, Ga)Se2 quantum dots different In-to_Ga Compositions

Selective growth of CuInSe2 for the development of micro solar cells

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Research Associateship - CVD of 2D-TMDCs (Chemical Vapor Deposition of 2D Transition Metal di-Chalcogenides) (Ref: 09.16.67)

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Research associateship – Development of nanoinks for photovoltaics (Ref: 09.16.66)

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Ref 08.16.64: EU Funded Project Support Official

Employer: Int. Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
Location: Braga, Portugal
Area of Expertise:  Project Manager
Career Stage: 5 years post qualification experience (PQE)
Job Type: Full Time
Closing Date:  September 30th 2016 WEST 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 a qualified person with solid experience on planning and preparing proposal applications for the European Commission´s (EC) RTD & innovation funding programmes. The successful candidate should have sound knowledge of national and European funding sources and will engage with partner organisations and funding bodies to maximise external funding opportunities.

Job Requirements and Key Responsibilities

As an expert focused of European funded initiatives, the selected candidate will work with INL´s researchers to:

• Advise on EC research funding opportunities and provide support on the preparation and submission of grant applications;

• Support management of awarded projects and will play an active role in a range of initiatives and improvement processes jointly with INL´s team;

• Provide support to researchers in funding acquisition within EU funded RTD & innovation projects;

• Secure a “helpdesk” activity for INL´ research community relating to Q&S concerning eligibility requirements of RTD funding programmes and documentation needed;

• Identify calls for proposals within INL´s strategic RTD areas, within H2020 and other RTD programmes and promote these internally with researchers;

Experience and Personal skills

• Proven track record in writing and submitting proposals to European Framework funding programmes;

• Commercial skills required to recruit industrial and scientific partners;

• Highly organised and dynamic;

• Ability to multitask and work under pressure.


• University degree in a science or engineering field is required.


• English is the working language of INL. Upper advance level in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another language is an advantage.

What We Offer

• Employment contract and competitive compensation package in line with those offered by other international research organisations. The staff member will also benefit from the various social facilities available at INL.

• Highly competitive multidisciplinary environment.

How to Apply

International candidates are welcome to apply. Only applications in English will be accepted; The application is made online. Please click on the 'Apply for this job' button below;

Interested applicants should submit a motivation letter and a full curriculum vitae.

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.

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INL is always seeking strongly motivated candidates to join its team. Selected candidates will have a lifetime opportunity to work at the frontiers of Nanotechnology in an innovative, multicultural and multidisciplinary research organisation of about 400 people.