INL Summer Internship Programme 2018 International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL Portugal


The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) invites students enrolled in the 3rdto the 5thyear of their undergraduate studies to participate in the 2018 INL Summer Internship Programme

About INL

INL is the first and only Intergovernmental Organisation in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, providing a basis for scientific and technological cooperation by carrying out both fundamental and applied research. INL aims to become the world-wide hub for nanotechnology deployment addressing society’s grand challenges with specific emphasis on Ageing & Wellbeing, Mobility & Urban Living and a Safe & Secure Society.


What is the INL Summer Internship Programme?

Each year, the INL Summer Internship Programmeoffers undergraduate students from the fields of Nanotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering (Electrical, Biological, Biomedical, Mechanical) or related areas, a unique opportunity to participate in ongoing research activities during the summer at INL in Braga, North of Portugal.

The goal of this programme is to inspire students to consider a prospective career in Nanotechnology, by engaging them in cutting-edge state-of-the-art research and development activities.

The combination of our multicultural and multidisciplinary environment allows students to explore challenging ideas and will greatly benefit their academic and professional development.

Over the last four years, INL received over 130 undergraduate students from different nationalities and scientific backgrounds.

In 2018, the INL Summer Internship Programmewill be holding its 5thedition and will select 25 students with outstanding academic performance to be part of this summer experience.

Benefits of doing a Summer Internship Programme at INL

INL will provide the selected students the opportunity to be part of a research and development group, and to carry out scientific activities in a highly stimulating and demanding environment, which will include access to state-of-the-art equipment as well as other excellent hands-on training opportunities. These opportunities are provided simultaneously by a fully inclusion of the student in a research group and by the tailored activities offered by the programme.

This programme ensures that all Summer Students are well prepared for their future challenges, gaining valuable experience and research skills through their internship stay at INL.


Other benefits include:

  • Living Allowance:for each student coming from outside the local area (>50km from Braga) INL will provide a single living allowance of €600 euros for a stay up to 8 weeks.
  • Reduced transportation fees:students will have access to reduced prices for bus tickets in the city of Braga.
  • INL Summer InternshipSocial Activities: summer activities calendar including city tours, barbecues and sports.
  • Fitness Centre:access to fitness classes onsite.


Programme Details

  • Location:INL, Braga, Portugal.
  • Duration:4 to 8 weeks (longer stays may be accepted upon request and agreement with the scientific supervisor).
  • Period:from June to August or from July to September (exact dates will be fixed after the selection process).  
  • Supervision:each student will have the supervision of an INL Researcher.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate students enrolled between the 3rdand 5thyear of university in Nanotechnology-related scientific areas;
  • Outstanding academic background and grades;
  • Excellent English communication skills.


Research Areas

The candidate should be qualified to conduct research in the field of Nanotechnology in one of our six Research Departments:

  • NanoelectronicsEngineering:includes four areas of activity at INL, Systems Engineering, Spintronics, Nanodevices and Precision Medicines Engineering, addressing major challenges in industrial sensing, RF communications, Biosensors and Biomedical devices, Agri-food and Environmental monitoring applications.
  • Life Sciences:activities focused on the fields of Food, Health, and Environment, particularly in: i) Nanoencapsulation technologies for smart and controlled drug/genes delivery and for enhancing bioavailability and functional properties of bioactives; ii) Biosensors, microfluidic-based devices and integrated lab-on-a-chip solutions for food and water quality and safety as well as diagnostic and prognostic purposes; iii) Advanced functionalities and applications of bespoke nanostructured materials in combination with novel biomarkers and studies on biointerfaces.
  • QMST – Quantum Materials, Science and Technology:– works towards the understanding of both materials and energy exchange processes at the nanoscale where the laws of nature are governed by quantum mechanics. Activities follow two main research lines: i) Materials for energy conversion and storage; ii) Quantum materials, e.g. experimental and theoretical research and development of 2D materials and devices (e.g. biosensors and photodetectors), research in atomic scale electronics, and functional point defects in 2D materials for quantum technologies, etc.
  • Nanophotonics:aims to carry out top fundamental and applied research in areas such as Biophotonics, Photonic nanomagnetometry, Plasmonics & Materials, Bloch surface wave engineering and the design and application of Photonic crystals.
  • AEMIS: Advanced Electron, Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy:performs true atomic/nano resolution electron imaging combined with atomic/nanoresolution chemical analysis, in order to achieve a fundamental understanding of    the chemical/physical phenomena at the atomic/nano level in real materials systems.
  • Micro and Nanofabrication: explores both bottom-up and top-down approaches to the micro and nanofabrication aspects of materials, surfaces and devices. Main research activities include MEMS/NEMS, sensors, microfluidics, energy storage, conversion and adaptive optical devices, lithography, rapid prototyping and cleanroom processes integration, bottom-up catalysis, synthesis of materials, optoelectronic materials and devices and thin film solar cells.

Check in the following link to know more about INL´s Research Departments:


Submission Procedures

The submission period for the INL Summer Internship Programme is from February 19thuntil April 19th2018.

For the application to be valid, the student must complete the online application form indicating the preferred Research Department and submit all the required documents listed below:

  • Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter in English;
  • Up to date academic records;
  • Proof of enrolment in the University for the current year.

All applications must be submitted in English. The student is responsible for the data submission and validation of the application components before the deadline. Only online applications through Jobvite will be accepted.


Selection of Students

After an initial screening based on the submitted documents, shortlisted students will be invited for a video screen interview, where they will have the opportunity to talk about their education background and motivation to participate in this programme.

From this shortlist 25 students will be nominated. They will receive complete information about the programme benefits and logistic issues Complete information will be provided by the INL Human Resources Unit in May 2018.


Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

INL is an equal opportunity organisation, committed to providing equal opportunities and firmly adheres to a principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issues.

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