The majority of the researchers of INESC-ID are members of the academic staff and post-graduate students of IST. There are also researchers from other Universities and Polytechnic Institutes and a small number of contracted postdoctoral researchers.
On 31 December 2013 INESC-ID had a total of 372 collaborators, 164 of which with a Ph.D degree and 118 with a M.Sc. degree.
Since INESC-ID focuses its activity on the rapid growth areas of information technology, communications and electronics, an increase is to be expected in the number of researchers with higher degrees within the next few years. Many researchers are carrying out their post-graduate work at INESC-ID.
The increase of technical and scientific activity, as a result of the status of Associate Laboratory, leads to the need to improve technical support and administrative services. The institution is mostly composed by researchers with a PhD, which reflects the motivation given to our collaborators to develop a structured researcher career.
INESC-ID also has a very young structure, due to the amount of fellowships and young researchers; about 55% have ages between 20 and 40 year old and have a high degree level.
INESC-ID is continuously seeking highly qualified candidates with a PhD degree and with a track record showing their ability to perform independent research in their scientific areas. In 2013 researcher Pedro Monteiro won the FCT Researcher Program. The FCT Investigator Programme aims to create a talent base of scientific leaders, by providing a five year funding for the most talented and promising researchers, across all scientific areas and nationalities. The programme supports both outstanding post-doctoral researchers who wish to make the transition to independent researcher, and already independent researchers, with a proven track record, who wish to consolidate their research skills and establish leadership in their research fields.