Job ID: 152801

1 Research Initiation Grant (BII) within the scope of the INESC TEC LA


  • Jan. 14, 2021
  • 1 Research Initiation Grant (BII) within the scope of the INESC TEC LA
  • Feb. 9, 2021
  • Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Computer Science
    Engineering - Other


INESC TEC is now accepting grant applications to award 1 Research Initiation Grant (BII) within the scope of the INESC TEC LA funded by National Funds through FCT – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P.,
project (reference UIDB/50014/2020


Type of grant: Research Initiation Grant (BII)

General scientific area: COMPUTER SCIENCE

Scientific subarea: Informatics

Grant duration: 6 months, starting on 2021-03-01, with the possibility of being renewed for a maximum term of one year.

Scientific advisor: Manuel Barbosa

Workplace: INESC TEC, Porto, Portugal

Maintenance stipend: € 416,12, according to the table of monthly maintenance stipend for FCT grants, paid via bank transfer. Grant holders may be awarded potential supplements, according to a quarterly evaluation process (Articles 19, 21 and 22 of the Regulations for Grants of INESC TEC and Annex II), up to a maximum limit of 50% of the monthly maintenance stipend.

Costs attributable to INESC TEC may include registration, enrolment or tuition fee stipend, either directly or through reimbursement, during the grant duration.

The grant holder will benefit from health insurance, supported by INESC TEC.

Modern cryptography, and in particular public key cryptography, builds protocols that give strong guarantees (established by mathematical proofs) of security. Underlying these results is the difficulty in solving computational problems defined on algebraic structures such as groups of points of elliptic curves. Traditionally, it is assumed that attackers have access to classical computers, a scenario in which there is no efficient solution to the referred problems, but the possibility of the appearance of quantum computers has created the need to identify new computational problems on which to build so-called post-quantum cryptography.
This project aims to explore a new family of mathematical problems based on isogenies between groups on elliptical curves and their applications to cryptography, both from the theoretical point of view, and from the point
of view of their implementation and optimization.

The work plan foresees three phases, each with two months: 1. Study of the foundations of the use of isogenies in cryptography, 2. Analysis of existing implementations and development of efficient implementations, 3.
Identification of potential optimizations and validation thereof. These activities develop skills in the area of the foundations of cryptography that are within the scope of, for example, a Curricular Project in a Computer
Science and / or Mathematics undergraduate degree.


Admission requirements:
BSc in Computer Science, or Mathematics, or similar.
The awarding of the fellowship is dependent on the applicants’ enrolment in study cycle or non-award courses of Higher Education Institutions.

Preference factors:
Knowledge in cryptography and an interest in its mathematical foundations.

Minimum requirements:
Experience in cryptography.

Selection criteria and corresponding valuation: the first phase comprises the Academic Evaluation (AC), based on the criteria referred to in Article 12 of the Regulations for Grants of INESC TEC, while the second phase
comprehends the Individual Interview (EI). All factors are evaluated on a scale of 0 to 100, taking into account the applicants’ merit, suitability and conformity with the preference factors.
The weight of the AC factors are as follows: Academic Qualifications (FA, 50%), Scientific Publications (PC, 15%), Experience (EX, 20%) and Motivation Letter (CM, 15%).
Candidates who score less than 50 points in the AC average will be considered excluded on absolute merit. The top five candidates approved on absolute merit will be qualified for the individual interview. The Final Grade (CF) is obtained by the weighted average of AC (85%) and EI (15%).

The Selection Jury is composed of the following members:
President of the Jury: Manuel Barbosa
Full member: José Bacelar Almeida
Full member: Alcino Cunha
Substitute member: Hugo Pereira Pacheco

Release of results and prior hearing: the results of the selection process, as well as the terms and procedures for prior hearing, will be released to the applicants by email, under the terms referred to in Article 13 of the Regulations for Studentships and Fellowships of INESC TEC.


Application Documents:

1. Motivation letter;
2. Curriculum Vitae (must include the list of previous fellowships, their type, beginning and end dates, funding entities and host institutions);
3. Certificate or diploma degree dully recognised in Portugal;
l Documents proving the awarding of academic degrees and diplomas, or the according recognition – in cases of academic degrees or diplomas granted by a foreign higher education institution – can be dismissed in the application process, and replaced by the applicant’s declaration of honour, with the verification of said condition taking place during the grant’s hiring stage. The submission of the certificate is mandatory when signing the contract.
l Academic degrees or diplomas awarded by a foreign higher education institution require an authentication by a Portuguese higher education institution, and the corresponding registration on the DGES platform, in conformity with Decree-Law no. 66/2018, of August 16, and Ordinance no. 33/2019, of January 25. More information available on the website
4. Proof of enrollment in a degree awarding study cycle or in a non degree awarding Higher Education program.
l The proof of enrollment may be presented just during the grant hiring stage.
5. Signed declaration stating not having benefited from any other research fellowship (Article 5, no. 5)
6. Documental evidence to support the country of residence, residence permit or other legally equivalent document, in cases where the applicant is a foreigner or non-resident in Portugal – valid until the beginning of
the grant.
7. Other supporting documents relevant to the final assessment.

Failure to deliver the required documents within the 90-day period after the date of the notice of the conditional awarding of the grant implies its cancellation.

Application period: From 2021-01-27 to 2021-02-09

Submission of applications: the application will be formalised by submitting the form available in the Work With Us section of INESC TEC website.


The hiring process shall comply with the current legislation regarding the Research Grant Holder Statute, approved by Law no. 40/2004 of August 18, in its current wording, as well as by the Regulations for Grants of INESC TEC
and for FCT Grants Regulation in force.

For more information, please check the Regulations for Grants of INESC TEC and relevant annexes at

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applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

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