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INL Summer Internship Programme 2015

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) is an Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO) registered at the United Nations and created to foster interdisciplinary research in Nanotechnology and Nanosciences. 

Founded by Portugal and Spain and located in Braga (Northern Portugal), INL is governed by an international legal framework, providing a high-tech research environment to address major challenges in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies in four main areas: Health, Food and Environmental safety, Information and Communications Technology and Energy. 

This activity is supported by transverse research on nanocharacterisation, nanofabrication and processes, nanomaterials, nanobiotechnology, and systems integration.

INL is now launching the 2015 INL Summer Internship Programme. This initiative will allow 20 students to take part in ongoing research projects during the summer of 2015. Candidates should be approaching the final stages of their graduate course in sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or equivalent), Engineering (Electrical, Biological, Biomedical, others) or related areas. 

Details of the 2015 INL Summer Internship Programme:

● Training Station: INL, Braga, Portugal

● Training offered for 2 months in the period between June 15th to September 15th, 2015 (exact starting and ending dates will be fixed after the assignation of the Internships).  

● Projects will be led by INL research staff.

● For students coming from outside the local area and needing accommodation, INL will secure accommodation near the laboratory. 

Interested applicants should submit their curriculum vitae and a cover letter (including their university transcripts). Applications without university transcripts will not be considered. Required is a statement from the University informing about the year of your studies and scientific degree.

The application must be submitted online. Please click on the button below 'Apply for this job'.

Enquires about the position should be directed to reo@inl.int.

Deadline for application: May 20th 2015

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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 “masterstudents@inl.int“ 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

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Analog and Digital Circuit Designer/Engineer

 
Research Center: Int. Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
Location: Braga, Portugal
Job Type: Full time
Career Stage: ~5 years experience
Date posted: March 12th 2015
Closing Date: Deadline extended May 31th 2015 (23:00 Lisbon time)
Salary: Competitive package and benefits
 

Introduction

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – INL (http://www.inl.int), a research institution with an international legal status, seeks a highly qualified self-motivated Analog and Digital Circuit Engineer to join the Nano-IC Group. The group´s focus is on taking advanced nanoelectronics, researched and fabricated at INL into mainstream applications within the semiconductor and biomedical markets. 

Key responsibilities 

We are looking for someone capable to be a major contributor to the development of biomedical hardware platforms and System-On-Chip (SoC) semiconductor components. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing complete hardware including the embedded software applications focusing in low noise and low power handheld solutions. The role includes the definition of such platforms, its design at PCB level, software development and test and characterization. We are looking for a team player to collaborate with the existing Hardware team with a solid experience in developing high hardware and embedded software.

Preferred skills and experience

Bachelor degree with at least 5 years experience in the role, or MSEE degree with 3+ years of experience in the role

Relevant design experience with Analog and Digital circuitry including the development of embedded software

Experience in using analog blocks like ADC/DAC, Frequency synthesizers, mixers, amplifiers and filters.

PCB design experience with layout and circuit level simulation using SPICE simulators

Coding experience in C/C++ for low level, embedded development targeting 8-, 16- and 32-microprocessors (preferably, ARM family devices)

Familiarity with embedded hardware architectures and its implementation in FPGA 

Capable of debugging and using test equipment, tools and methodologies for T&C 

Capability to work both independently and concurrently within a small team environment.

The applicant should have strong enthusiasm for work and excellent communication skills in English.

Additional experience would be considered a plus and one or more items in the following list would be desirable:

Specific experience in the design of timing blocks including PLLs, VCOs, and crystal oscillators within RF applications.

Hands-on mixed-signal design (CMOS target processes) including either analog simulation (SPICE-type simulators) or digital design with standard cell libraries.

Experience using the CAD design environment of Cadence, Synopsys or Mentor. 

Experience with board and system level communication interfaces (USB, Bluetooth low energy and Low Power Wi-Fi)

Embedded and system software for those areas of application including image processing algorithms, DSP algorithms and wired (USB) or wireless (BLE, Wi-Fi) communication interfaces.

What we offer

Employment contract and competitive compensation package in line with those offered by other international research organizations. Researchers will also benefit from the various social facilities available at INL. 

Fantastic opportunity to Access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Highly competitive multidisciplinary research environment. 

How to Apply

International candidates are welcome to apply. 

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

Interested applicants should submit a motivation letter, a full curriculum vitae describing their experience and (2) references.

Enquires should be directed to: joao.piteira@inl.int

INL firmly adheres to a principle of non-discrimination.

In view of the large number of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.

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Maintenance Technician

 
Employer: Int. Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
Location: Braga, Portugal
Job Type: Full time
Career Stage: ~5 years’ experience
Date posted: April 23rd 2015
Closing Date: May 31st 2015 (23:00 Lisbon time)
 

Introduction

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory –INL (http://www.inl.int), a research institution with an international legal status, seeks a qualified self-motivated Maintenance Technician to join our infrastructures team.

Role Overview

We are looking for a multi skilled technician, experienced in BUILDING, ELECTRICAL/MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE to support the existing maintenance team, perform on site general repairs to the buildings and maintenance of systems and equipment focused on keeping the facilities in a properly functioning condition in a safe and timely manner. 

Key responsibilities will include:

Operate in accordance with health and safety regulations, departmental procedures and INL policies.

General building maintenance: HVAC, hydraulic pumps, ultrapure water system, water processing, compressed air and nitrogen gas.

Assist equipment installation and set up. 

Servicing & maintenance of electrical & mechanical equipment & services. 

Provide immediate support in the event of breakdowns.

Fault finding and reactive and preventative maintenance support.

Fix faults on site and arrange for replacement parts. 

Proactively work to reduce operations downtime.

Organize routine servicing schedules.

Work as part of a team to ensure targets for delivery, quality and efficiency are met. Provide general operational support to the team and to carry out any other duties as reasonably requested.

Identify process improvement opportunities and implement within all areas to ensure continuous improvement.

The ideal Maintenance Technician should have:

Formal technical education in mechanical and/or electrical engineering. 

Fluent in English

5 years in a maintenance technician’s role, performing all aspects of building maintenance. 

Good electro-mechanical skills gained within a manufacturing environment. 

Adept in full range of mechanical & electrical tasks, pneumatics, hydraulics, plumbing, bespoke automatic assembly equipment.

Ability to use drawing, manuals and circuit diagrams as necessary.

Continuous Improvement and PPM (Planned Preventative Maintenance) experience.

Knowledge in GTC systems: SCADA or similar

Valid driver's license.

Personal Skills

The successful Maintenance Technician/Electrician will have the following Personal Characteristics: 

• Good team player 

• Strong organization 

• Able to work on own initiative

• Self-motivated

• Good communicator at all levels.

• Oriented to drive improvement and development within the business.

• Hard working, reliable and good time keeper

• Flexible work approach is essential as there may be a need to work extended hours on occasions.

What we offer

Employment contract and compensation package in line with those offered by the market. Employees will also benefit from the various social facilities available at INL. 

State-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

International and highly competitive environment in contact with leading edge technology.

How to Apply

International candidates are welcome to apply. 

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

Interested applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae describing their experience 

Enquires should be directed to: hugo.cortez@inl.int

INL firmly adheres to a principle of non-discrimination.

The application deadline maybe extended at any time.

In view of the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Clean Room Process and Maintenance Engineer

Research Center: Int. Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
Location: Braga, Portugal
Job Type: Full time
Career Stage: 3~5 years’ experience
Closing Date: July 1st  2015 (23:00 Lisbon time)
Salary: Competitive package and benefits
 

Introduction

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory –INL (http://www.inl.int), a research institution with an international legal status, seeks a highly qualified self-motivated and experienced engineer to participate in the micro and nanofabrication of devices and equipment maintenance at INL cleanroom. 

Key responsibilities 

The candidates will be expected to participate actively in the micro and nano-fabrication processing of devices being fabricated within the several research groups installed at INL. The target applications cover a large spectrum of fields including MEMS, Spintronics and Thin Film Semiconductors. Depending on his/her proficiency, the candidate will assume the responsibility for one or more cleanroom systems in terms of operation/processing, maintenance/servicing and training of users. 

 

Preferred skills and experience:

An education background in electrical engineering, physics, nanoelectronics, materials or related fields is required.

Fluency in written and spoken English.

Relevant cleanroom work experience within the Industry or Academia, and be familiar with top down micro and nanofabrication processes such as:

o Physical and chemical vapor deposition

o Ion milling and reactive ion etching

o Wet etch techniques and electroplating

o Lithography pattern transfer (direct write laser and mask aligner) 

Experience in MEMS, Spintronics or CMOS processing will be valued.

Experience in diversity of processes that the candidate is able to perform shall be a key selection criterion.  

What we offer

Employment contract and competitive compensation package in line with those offered by other international research organizations. Researchers will also benefit from the various social facilities available at INL. 

Fantastic opportunity to Access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Highly competitive multidisciplinary research environment. 

How to Apply

International candidates are welcome to apply. 

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

Interested applicants should submit a motivation letter, a full curriculum vitae describing their experience.

Enquires should be directed to: joao.gaspar@inl.int

INL firmly adheres to a principle of non-discrimination.

In view of the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Corporate Lawyer

 
Employer: Int. Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
Location: Braga, Portugal
Area of Expertise:  Legal
Career Stage: 4~5 years post qualification experience (PQE)
Job Type: Full Time 
Date posted:  16/02/2015
Closing Date: 30/04/2015 - deadline extended 
Salary: Competitive package and benefits
 

Introduction

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory-INL (http://www.inl.int), is a research institution with an international legal status, which was created to foster interdisciplinary and applied research in the Nanotechnology and Nanosciences areas. INL is seeking a qualified In-House corporate Lawyer/Contract Manager role with proven track record of both technical excellence and ability to provide continuing support to the organization on commercial and administrative legal issues.

Key responsibilities and Job Requirements

The Corporate Lawyer will be responsible for supporting the legal needs of our organization in a timely and professional manner, coordinating and participating in reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements, licenses and contracts, making a real contribution to the business development of the organization. 

The Corporte Lawyer will work together with internal customers providing an excellent level of legal advice on projects and transactions across a broad range of areas which may have an impact of the activity of the INL, including but not limited: commercial law, administrative law, IP, EU law and international law. The selected candidate will act as a legal risk manager, developing an understanding of all legal risks. 

We would expect self-driven candidates able to work autonomously, with upper advance level of English,  strong technical background, and the given PQE (but this does not impede applications from those with more or less PQE), wishing to boost his/her careers in an international organizational environment. The successful candidate must have flexible attitude, strong communication and negotiation, organization and detail-oriented skills. Experience of working with public sector, non-governmental organizations or organizations with international legal status would also be advantageous. 

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, a full curriculum vitae.

Enquires should be made to: reo@inl.int

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