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 






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Ref.06.16.37 – Post-Doctoral COFUND Fellowship Programme - NanoTRAINforGrowth II

INL encourages you to participate in this great opportunity and to apply in the 1st Call

About INL

The INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory was founded by the governments of Portugal and Spain under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research, deploy and articulate nanotechnology for the benefit of society. INL aims to become the world-wide hub for nanotechnology addressing society’s grand challenges.

The INL research programme comprises four strategic fields of application of nanoscience and nanotechnology: Food and Environment, ICT, Energy and Health.

What is the NanoTRAINforgrowth II Programme?

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), in Braga (Portugal) is launching the first call for the NanoTRAINforGrowth II - Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme. This programme aims to provide an opportunity for experienced researchers (from all over the world and all nationalities) to sketch out a research project and work on their own research idea at INL´s facilities.

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 personal career assistance. 

The NanoTRAINForGrowth II - is co-funded by the European Union through the Marie Curie Action "Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)".

Eligibility criteria

• Applicants must hold a PhD degree.

• Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply.

• Applicants from any discipline of our four strategic fields (Food and Environment, ICT, Energy and Health) are eligible to apply.

• Applications should be researchers who have a well established reputation or emerging international reputation, have made major contributions to their field and can provide evidence of research leadership and or public impact. They are expected to have played a significant role in shaping their discipline or field through their outcomes, achievements and key indicators. They are also expected to have made a positive contribution to the development of knowledge, research and development through co-operations and collaborations.

• Applicants must submit a complete application as stated in the section applications procedure.

• Applicants must not have been at INL for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals.

Application Procedure

For the application to be valid, the candidate must complete all the required sections of the online application form you can find by clicking below in the 'apply for this job!' button, as well as, enclose all the required documents (documents 1 to 6 here below).

The following application documents in pdf format are required by the deadline 14th of August 2016– 23:00 Lisbon time:

1. The Research Proposal filled out following the provided Template. It is mandatory to submit a maximum 7 page research proposal;

2. Ethical issues table completed following the provided Template within the Research Proposal (document 1 above);

3. The scientific and professional Curriculum Vitae;

4. A copy of the PhD award certificate;

5. A copy of an Identity Document;

6. Any other documentation providing evidence of the applicant’s professional qualifications and experience.

Only full applications will be considered for evaluation. The application language is in English. The applicant will be responsible for the data submission and validation of the application components before the deadline.

All applicants are advised to read the following documents:

- Guide for Applicants;

- Evaluator’s Guide;

- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  available here.

Research Project Proposal

The Research proposal should describe the activities planned following the research proposal template for NanoTRAINforGrowth II Fellow Application (see point 1 section Application Procedure). Candidates should submit an innovative research proposal with relevance to the key strategic areas of INL being energy, health, food & environment and ICT. Proposals incorporating emerging fields such as meta-materials, plasmonics, quantum science & technology, bionics, advanced nanopatterning, 3-D printing etc are welcome!

• Health: present focus on: point-of-care diagnostics (lab-on-a-chip microsystems, microfluidic platforms), DNA, protein, and cell chips, biomolecular labels, drug delivery solutions, imaging, neuroelectronics.

• Food and Environment: present focus on: nanotechnology applied to food industry, food safety, and environmental control and safety. Water, soil, and air pollution monitoring. Lab-on-a-chip technologies, smart packaging and labels, biosensing technologies, food process control, valorization of biopolymers and food waste.

• Energy: present focus on: solar cells, batteries and fuel cells, solar fuel production, energy-harvesting micro/nano systems. 

• ICT: present focus on: spintronics, nanoelectronics, photonics, integration of new technologies on CMOS, NEMS/MEMS, micro/nanofluidics.  Development of platforms for health, environmental, food, and energy applications.

Application Evaluation

All applications will be evaluated by a Selection Committee. Candidates are evaluated on multiple parameters, including but not limited to: Postdoctoral experience, scientific outcome (publications, patents, contribution of the candidates to the field as appropriate to their career stage), quality of the RTD projects and international standing.

More detailed information can be found in the Guide for evaluators.

Closing date

The closing date for applicants for the NanoTRAINforGrowth II - Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme is 14th of August.

Incomplete applications, or applications received after this date will not be considered.

Employment agreement. What we offer

At INL we offer people with talent and passion a unique opportunity to develop their personal and professional lives. This is why we offer the following competitive package:

• An initial two years employment contract. Selected Researchers who demonstrate top-level performance may be given an additional one-year employment contract and/or participate in forthcoming challenging opportunities at INL.

• The yearly gross base salary is 44.100.-€ with social security coverage and tax benefits.

• Social benefits include: family allowance, child allowance, free nursery service on the INL campus, education fees for dependent children, private health insurance and travel allowances.

• Researchers will also benefit from the various social facilities available at INL.

• Access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

• Multidisciplinary research environment.

• Collaboration opportunities with international academic and industrial partners.

Selection of Candidate

INL will publish, the final list of the successful candidates on the webportal ( within 60 days of the closing of the call. Selected and non-selected candidates, will be informed by email. It is expected that 8 fellows will be hired initially. Subsequently there will be 2nd and 3rd calls leading to further appointments. 

INL firmly adhere to the principle of non-discrimination in all respects.


The NanoTRAINforGrowth II programme Helpdesk: Applicants can receive support regarding applications to this programme via email -

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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.