Bolsa de Investigação: ARDITI-CLEAN-ATLANTIC-2020-001

Job: Research fellowship (Bachelor Degree) - Applying new technologies for depicting marine litter;

Job/Fellowship Reference: ARDITI-CLEAN-ATLANTIC-2020-001;

Main research field: Marine Sciences;

Sub research field: Marine Pollution;

Job summary: Research fellowship (Bachelor Degree) - Applying new technologies for depicting marine litter
 
Job description:

Marine litter is a global concern affecting the oceans and the coast that impacts on marine organisms and ecosystems, threatens human health and safety, and causes economic losses and aesthetic problems. Tackling marine litter demands a cross-sectorial and multilevel approach, involving governmental agencies, public and private stakeholders, research units as well as NGOs and society. A number of international, EU, regional, MS and local initiatives have been focused and are currently addressing this global problem (e.g. MSFD, D10, OSPAR Regional Action Plans). However, targeted surveys and monitoring are costly and time-consuming and there is a need for complementary approaches to monitor, record and map marine litter in a coordinated collaborative fashion. 

The project CleanAtlantic: Tackling marine litter in the Atlantic Area, (EAPA_46/2016) aims to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Atlantic Area, by improving capabilities to monitor, prevent and remove (macro) marine litter. The project will also contribute to raise awareness and change attitudes among stakeholders and to improve marine litter managing systems. 

Within the scope of this project, ARDITI (Age^ncia Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigac¸a~o, Tecnologia e Inovac¸a~o) is seeking a research fellow with a Bachelor degree in Computer Sciences, with training and/or expertise in full-stack web development (backend and frontend) to implement the web platform for depicting the marine litter (beached and floating). The main goal is to provide a platform capable of collecting the self-assessment reports and portray the reported beached and floating marine litter. 

The successful candidate is expected to join the ARDITI team of researchers in Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal, Madeira, between March and April of 2020. The research will be conducted within MARE-Madeira and ITI/LARSyS research units. MARE-Madeira research is broadly focused on marine ecology and the effect of anthropogenic pressures and natural stressors on marine habitats. ITI/LARSyS has broad interests and formal training in HCI and computer engineering applied to marine biology and ecology. 

Activities will include:

  • API development - used for georeferenced collected imagery and collected data (collecting beached and floating marine litter from the mobile applications)
  • Backend Application Development - Backend system with REST API based on Laravel needed for the collection of data to be used by marine biologist and citizen scientists
  • Frontend Application Development - Frontend system, capable of providing the statistics of floating and beached marine litter
Admission Requirements:
Applicants must be enrolled in a Bachelor or Master Degree Program for the full period of the current position.
 
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor Degree in Computer Sciences, with prior experience, including (but not exclusively): 
  1. Background and/or proven experience record in full-stack web development 

  2. Experience with backend application development and debugging using Laravel 

  3. Basic knowledge in web front-end programming (e.g. HTML, CSS, JS, React.JS, Redux) 

  4. Basic knowledge in web back-end programming (PHP, MySQL) 

  5. Base knowledge of Linux, Apache and environments such as LAMP and WAMP 

  6. Basic knowledge of Git 

  7. Experience and knowledge in managing databases (e.g. MySQL, SQLite, phpMyAdmin) 

  8. Demonstrated ability to work independently 

  9. Fluent knowledge (spoken and written) of the English language 

  10. Strong communication and collaboration skills. 

The selected fellow will assist in the development of the web platform and participate in the creation of research publications. The fellow will participate in workshops, project meetings and other relevant and/or project-related events. Moreover, the fellow will provide additional assistance in the production and writing of technical and scientific reports within the scope of the project. 

Scientific guidance and workplace: 

The proposed work will be coordinated by Dr. Marko Radeta (ITI/LARSyS) and Dr. Joa~o Monteiro (Madeira Unit of MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre) and will be conducted at ARDITI, Madeira Tecnopolo, Funchal, Madeira Island (Portugal). 

Duration: 

9 months, possibly renewable (until the duration of the project) 

Salary: 

ARDITI fellowship stipend (798€) and regulations are determined by ARDITI ( 

https://www.arditi.pt/index.php/biblioteca-on-line/outros-documentos/category/19-bolsas-de-inve stigacao). 

Evaluation criteria: 

The following evaluation criteria will be applied: FS = QA + EP + IN 

FS – Final Score 

Sum of Qualifications, Experience and Interview scores (if applicable), to a maximum of 40 points. 

QA – Qualifications 

Maximum score of 10 points: Bachelor Degree in Computer Science. 

EP – Experience 

Maximum Score of 20 points as follows: 

DESCRIPTION 

MAX SCORE (points) 

Background and/or proven experience record in full-stack web development 

Experience with backend application development and debugging using Laravel 

Basic knowledge in web front-end programming (e.g. HTML, CSS, JS, React.JS, Redux) 

Basic knowledge in web back-end programming (PHP, MySQL) 

Base knowledge of Linux, Apache and environments such as LAMP and WAMP 

Basic knowledge of Git 

Experience and knowledge in managing databases (e.g. MySQL, SQLite, phpMyAdmin) 

Demonstrated ability to work independently 

Fluent knowledge (spoken and written) of the English language 

Strong communication and collaboration skills. 

TOTAL

20 

IN – Interview 

Top three candidates may be invited for an interview (in person or remotely) if QA + EP scoring has a maximum difference of 2 points or lower. Maximum score of 10 points. 

Selection panel: 

Dr. Marko Radeta (ITI/LARSyS)
Dr. João Monteiro (MARE-ARDITI)
Dr. João Canning-Clode (MARE-ARDITI Smithsonian) 

Application contents: 

Motivation Letter (emphasizing the candidate’s adequacy to each evaluation criteria) Curriculum Vitae
Degree certificate 

Announcement of the results: 

Via e-mail. 

Application submission and deadline: 

All applications must be sent by e-mail to: Este endereço de email está protegido contra piratas. Necessita ativar o JavaScript para o visualizar. until 17h of the 26th of February 2020. The subject of the email should be:
ARDITI-CLEAN-ATLANTIC-2020-001

 
Vacant posts: 1 
Type of contract: Information not available 
Job country: Portugal 
Job city: Funchal 
Job company/institute: ARDITI-ITI/LARSys 
 
Application deadline: 26 Fevereiro 2020 
(The Application's deadline must be confirmed on the Job Description)

 

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