Job Title: Scientist

Job Ref: AWAM_Jobs_2024_02

Job Type: The successful candidate will be contracted as a scientist under a term employment contract.

Job Salary: In accordance with the work experience and qualification of the candidate.

Job Location: Regia Douro Science Park, Vila Real, Portugal.


Job Description and Responsibilities:

The candidate will join the Fraunhofer Portugal AWAM team in Vila Real and pursue the development of application-oriented, market-driven, and fit-for-purpose solutions for promoting water management and energy transition. Specifically, the candidate will be involved in research activities envisaging the review and establishment of state-of-the-art processes and technologies related to hydrogen production and its contribution to the energy transition, and technologies either for clean hydrogen production, sector coupling, integration with existing assets and grids and their beneficial symbiosis to deliver benefits at a system level. Other activities include developing strategies for valorising by-products of the hydrogen production process, such as oxygen and other potential resources.


Personal Skills and Professional Experience:

- Proven experience in water, wastewater, and/or hydrogen sectors;

- Proven experience in techno-economic analysis;

- Relevant work experience in research departments in industry, applied research institutions, or universities;

- Know-how on membrane technologies and Advanced Oxidation Processes for wastewater treatment (not mandatory but highly valued);

- Previous experience in one of the following industries: Water, Energy, Textile, Pulp and Paper, Food and Beverage (not mandatory but highly valued);

- Ability to work autonomously and within a dynamic team;

- Pro-active attitude, eagerness to learn, and strong work ethic;

- Performs allocated tasks efficiently and complies with safety practices;

- Fluent in written and verbal English; proficiency in Portuguese is an advantage.


Academic Qualifications:

- MSc degree in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Energy or similar;

- Scientific publications, communications, and other dissemination activities are not mandatory but highly valued.


What we offer:

- Excellent work conditions;

- Participation in exciting projects with high economic impact;

- Being part of the team of one of the most renowned applied R&D institutions in the world;

- Adequate salary (depending on the professional experience and academic degree);

- Possibility to adhere to a private health insurance plan;

- Opportunities for further training.


Application Process:

Applications are permanently open until the ideal candidate is selected. The first “cut-off” day to evaluate applications will be the 31st of May 2024.

Applications shall be sent by email to and contain in one PDF file:

- CV – mandatory;

- Motivation Letter – mandatory;

- Qualifications certificate and diploma supplement with transcripts – mandatory;

- Recommendation Letters are optional but also welcome.



The research activities in the scope of this job opportunity are planned to be developed within the framework of the following projects:

- H2tALENT - Alentejo Green Hydrogen Valley delivering integrated full-chain sustainable hydrogen ecosystem with technical, economic, social and environmental benefits and superior upscaling/replicability, with reference 101137611;

- VineandWinePT – Vine and Wine PT - Driving sustainable growth through smart innovation, with reference Nº 67 Agendas para Inovação Empresarial.