Bolsa de Investigação: ARDITI-INTERTAGUA/2021/001-PDG

Job: Postdoctoral grant (PDG);

Job/Fellowship Reference: ARDITI-INTERTAGUA/2021/001-PDG;

Main research field: Computer Science;

Sub research field: HCI, Entertainment Technologies;

Job summary:

A call is open for 1 (one) Junior Postdoctoral researcher (less than 3 years after PhD) at the Interactive Technologies Institute ITI) of the ARDITI (Funchal, Portugal ), under the Project Intertagua, with experience in Entertainment technologies and HCI methods.

Job description:

This call is under the scope of the project “MAC2/1.1a/385 -INTERTAGUA - Interfaces Aquáticas Interativas para Detecção e Visualização da Megafauna Marinha Atlântica e Embarcações na Macaronésia usando Marcadores Rádio-transmissores,” funded by Programa de Cooperação INTERREG V A Espanha-Portugal MAC (Madeira –Açores-Canárias) 2014-20120.

The Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI) of LARSYS hosted at ARDITI is looking for one post-doctoral researcher (junior less than 3 years after PhD) focusing on entertainment technologies and game and story design geared towards generating awareness about how nature and ecosystems are affected by global pressures emerging from changes in climate and the oceans.

The INTERTAGUA project is particularly focused on developing and improving low-cost sensor systems for biodiversity and ocean monitoring as well as the related human and economic impacts. INTERTAGUA will deploy animal-borne sensors in different mega-fauna of the Macaronesia Islands, from Cabo Verde to Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores.

Open Position

This call invites applications for one (1) postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in story and game modelling and HCI approach, and that is capable of working in interdisciplinary teams and move between the different regions of the Macaronesia to assist in deploying and collecting data that could then be modelled and published in top-tier international journals.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for this position (“Postdoctoral Grant”) should have expertise in entertainment technologies, HCI, web interfaces, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, communicating to both the general public and technical researchers, and in the ecology of marine megafauna.

The candidate should also have less than 3 years after PhD, a strong motivation to work both independently and as part of a team, very good communication skills and the ability to meet deadlines.


The candidate will have the following main specific responsibilities:

  • Design interactive entertainment centred around creating awareness about marine megafauna in the Madeira economic exclusive zone.
  • Understand and exploit environmental data obtained from oceanographic models and remote sensing to be used in the design and deployment of interactive stories and games.
  • To make the bridge between entertainment science and technology within the several teams working with different taxa.
  • Preparation of technical reports and scientific publications;
  • Participation in general activities, such as science spreading and conference/course organization.

Scientific guidance and workplace

The successful candidate will be integrated into the INTERTAGUA team headed by Professor Nuno Nunes.

The workplace will be at ITI, hosted by ARDITI (, in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal


The successful candidate is expected to join the INTERTAGUA team at the beginning of May 2021. The contract will be for 3 (three) months, eventually renewable until the physical execution limit date of the project (12/2022).


ARDITI postdoctoral stipend (€1 646) according to the regulations determined by ARDITI:

Evaluation criteria

Candidates will be evaluated and ranked based on their Curriculum Vitae (maximum 50 points), fulfilment of the Admission Requirements; maximum 40 points), and motivation letter (maximum 10 points).

Selection panel

  • Doutor Nuno Nunes (Ph.D.) – President
  • Doutora Ana Dinis (Ph.D.) - Member
  • Doutor Filipe Alves (Ph.D.) - Member

Application contents

The applicants should submit the following documents:

  • The Curriculum Vitae with the ORCID number, RESEARCH ID and SCOPUS AUTHOR ID;
  • Motivation letter;
  • The documents attesting the academic degree and the diplomas, or the respective recognition when the degrees have been awarded by foreign institutions;
  • Summary of the scientific and curricular path, with a selection of the main activities and results achieved in the last three years;
  • Other supporting documents considered relevant for the evaluation of the application.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation.


Announcement of the results

An email message with the result of the recruitment process will be sent to each applicant.

Application submission and deadline

Applications should be submitted in English by email to the following address: Este endereço de email está protegido contra piratas. Necessita ativar o JavaScript para o visualizar.. The specific reference to the call must be indicated in the email subject.

Deadline for application: 14/04/2021 (Lisbon/Madeira Island Time).

Note: The deadline for application may be extended at any time without previous notice having in mind the requirements for the positions under this call.


The selection process will be based on the principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, religion, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issue. Selection will be made only based on merit and following the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Commission Recommendation, Brussels, 11.3.2005, 2005/251/EC) and the recommendations from the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

ITI is a recognized “refugee welcoming organization" by the European Commission, follows the European Charter for Researchers and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.

Vacant posts: 1 
Type of contract: Information not available 
Job country: Portugal 
Job city: Funchal 
Job company/institute: ARDITI/ITI 
Application deadline: 14 April 2021 
(The Application's deadline must be confirmed on the Job Description)



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