Visiting Scholar Position

The UFSC Department of Automation and Systems (DAS) invites candidates for two visiting scholar positions in the automation and systems research area, wich include control systems theory; networked control systems; robotics; automation and mechatronic  systems; computational  and embedded systems; industrial and wireless networks; modeling verification and synthesis of discrete event systems; software engineering; real time systems; modeling, control and optimization of traffic systems; and control, optimization and automation for energy and oil systems.

The Visiting Scholar may be either an established faculty member (having completed his or her doctoral degree at least five years ago), possibly in connection with a postdoctoral research, or an active but retired researcher having interest in collaborating with the UFSC faculty body, undergraduate and graduate students. It is mandatory that the candidate resides in a country other than Brazil.  The visiting period will be of a minimum of one year with the possibility of extending it to a maximum period of four years. The salary will be approximately 15,000 BRL (around 4,600 USD) gross per month.

Main tasks within the area of control and automation engineering are: (a) teaching one course (in English) per year at graduate level; (b) supervising or co-supervising of graduate students (including co-supervision agreements);  and (c) being committed to building a long-term collaboration with the department’s scholars and graduate students.

Interested candidates should send by email a curriculum vitae (maximum of six pages), a teaching statement (maximum of five pages), a research statement (maximum of five pages) and two references letters until 08 February 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

UFSC is one of the most prestigious universities in Brazil having more than 30,000 students. The university main campus is located in the city of Florianopolis which is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina. Florianopolis has one of the highest HDI in the country and it is surrounded by a vibrant business ecosystem, composed of more than 800 IT- and automation-based companies with which several kinds of cooperative research can be carried out. Besides that, Florianopolis is composed of one main island, the Island of Santa Catarina, a continental part and surrounding small islands. The city is sprawled along a relatively narrow island strip, being roughly 54 km long and 18 km wide. The sea, hills and over 42 beaches make Florianopolis a major destination for tourists from Brazil and abroad.

Questions about the application process or the application itself may be addressed to:

Prof. Daniel Coutinho ( – Head of Graduate Program – Department of Automation and Systems  – UFSC – Brazil