Scientific Initiation Studentship

Closing date: 
12 July, 2016
3 months
385€, paid monthly
Job Purpose: 

Three part­-times vacancies are open for research and development in the scope of Regional Project M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000002/ RH015, co­ financed by “Madeira 1420”.
The grant is for a period of 3 months, which it can be extended for periods of 3 months.
This call provides exciting opportunities to work with faculty on research projects across M­ITI, contributing directly to the creation of knowledge, building new skills and strengthening the link between teaching and research.

 Collaboration in a citizen science participatory community sensing project to record wildlife sounds across Madeira. The intern will be based at M-iti (University of Madeira) and will deploy acoustic sensors across the island with the help of the local community to record wildlife and acoustically analyse the resulting data and report findings. The initial focus of the project would be understand the status and distribution of the endangered Madeira pipistrelle bat and will involve a training visit to The Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research at University College London. 

Monthly stipend: The stipend will be of 385€, paid monthly by bank transfer. 

It’s up to the faculty supervisor and the student to decide how much time the student will work. 



Scientific area: Computer Sciences

Sub research field: Electronics, Design, Informatics.

The candidates should fulfill the following requirements: 
- Be extremely motivated and passionate to learn

- Bachelor/Master or on going degree in related scientific areas.

- Mandatory English, written and spoken. 

Specific Requirements: special interest in acoustic wildlife monitoring; quantitative statistical analysis skills using R or similar; team working and ability to interact with different stakeholder groups on the island.

Desirable Qualities: experience with deploying acoustic sensors in the field (e.g. wildlife acoustic recorders); knowledge of bats and other local wildlife; knowledge of local community stakeholders on Madeira; acoustic full spectrum analysis skills including automatic ID systems; experience of running citizen science projects

The first phase of the selection process will be based on: ­ 
- Motivation letter (40%);
- Curriculum Vitae (40%);

- ­Portfolio (20%) 

The candidates admitted to the second phase will be invited for an interview. Candidates can be interviewed by video conference, conducted in english. 

All necessary equipment will be provided by M­ITI. 

Deadline for applications: 12th July 2016 
Estimated start date of the contract: 15th July 2016 

Duration: 3 months, which it can be extended for periods of 3 months.

Publication and notification of results: The results will be made public through a final list ordered by candidate classification, available for consultation at the Madeira­Interactive Technologies Institute

How to apply: 

Interested candidates should reply to hr@m­ with the following information and with the reference “RH015”:

- Letter of interest (name, age, degree, academic year, personal interests, others) 
- CV/previous experience summary ­ 
- Portfolio with previous projects