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'The inpactus - Innovative Products and Technologies from Eucalyptus Project

Invited University Chair in Paper Science and Technology


The UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA (UC) and THE NAVIGATOR COMPANY S.A. are launching an international public call for the attribution of an Invited Chair in Paper Science and Technology.

The primary goal of The Navigator Company Invited Chair is to attract to Portugal a top level researcher/ senior professional with relevant career and proven technological expertise in the field, currently working abroad, in order to develop and to promote emerging areas of knowledge, namely fostering the growth of research and development activities and advanced education in fields of common interest both to the UC and THE NAVIGATOR COMPANY. The candidates should have a broad and integrated knowledge of papermaking, with special focus in at least one of the following areas:

  • Uncoated wood-free papers.
  • Surface treatment for printability improvement
  • Development of new surface functionalities
  • Tissue papers:
  • Optimization of hardwood pulp incorporation in the furnish: tissue properties and manufacturing efficiency;
  • Improvement of softness, strength and absorption capacity;
  • Development of new functionalities.

UC will be the host institution.


The Invited Chair will be hired by UC as an Invited Professor, for a period of FOUR (4) years with the following responsibilities:

  • To lead a research team in the established area and in accordance with THE NAVIGATOR COMPANY research activities and priorities;
  • To develop advanced education courses and to integrate programmes in related fields, namely at the doctorate and post-doctorate levels;
  • To consolidate R&D activities and reinforce the cooperation between UC and THE NAVIGATOR COMPANY;
  • To promote international partnerships, as well as networks and projects;
  • To participate in the training of researchers and students, especially post-graduate students;
  • To deliver lectures and seminars related to the specific field.

The Invited Chair will be considered as long as he/she can spend half of his/her working time in Portugal, with an expected minimum/recommended period of 5 months. The maximum amount of the financial incentive is 43.480 € gross per year.
THE NAVIGATOR COMPANY S.A. will support the expenses of two students with master degree to work directly under the supervision of the Invited Chair.


Applications should be submitted to: Professor Amílcar Celta Falcão Ramos Ferreira (inpactus@uc.pt) VICE-RECTOR at UC.

Applications shall include:
  • Curriculum vitae (detailed);
  • Proposed 4 years activity programme;
  • Letter of motivation.

The deadline to submit the applications is June 30, 2018.


  • Curricular evaluation (50%)
  • relevance of the area of academic training in the area of the Chair: Uncoated wood-free papers and Tissue papers - 40%;
  • previous experience related to the theme - 40%;
  • publications - 10%;
  • experience in student orientation and training - 10%.
  • Work plan presented (40%)
  • Availability (10%)


The evaluation and selection of applications will be carried out by a panel of four evaluators, a President and two evaluators to be appointed by University of Coimbra and one to be designated by THE NAVIGATOR COMPANY S.A..