We welcome applications to our Postgraduate Research Program! Mackenzie Presbyterian University is based in São Paulo, the major metropolitan city in Brazil, and our program is very diverse in research topics:

Computing and Adaptive Systems – investigations of computer systems that, like natural adaptive ones, display high flexibility and robust operations. The notion of adaptiveness emerges in several topics in countless areas of computer systems engineering, but with a strong connotation of architectures based on human intelligence and biology-inspired models in general. Therefore, the research line’s highlights include the construction of human learning process models; the development of computing methods strongly inspired by biological reality; the creation of systems-control algorithms through computational view; modeling natural and artificial dynamical systems; and the characterization of new computing models. Besides, the study of applications of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Machine Learning in different areas, like Finances, Education, Health, and Management – among others, is also a topic of interest in this research line.

Communication, Photonics, and Nanomaterials – the research activities are aligned with the following themes: development of high-rate fiber lasers with femtosecond pulse generation; study and development of new devices based on graphene and other nanomaterials, specialty fibers, and silicon-based waveguides for optical communication systems and sensing applications. In Quantum Engineering, we are delving into the intricate interplay between quantum phenomena in nanoscale devices. In the realm of quantum transport, you explore the behavior of electrons as they navigate through nanostructures, investigating the underlying principles that govern their movement and interactions. In Nanophotonics, we study phenomena like plasmonics and the design of nanoscale optical devices to harness and guide light for various applications. In addition, research is carried out in the physical and transport layer of Communication Systems, including channel coding, modulation, antennas, and propagation. Simulations and laboratory tests are carried out with Software Defined Radio integrating Machine Learning to improve the computational cost and performance of various digital wireless communication systems: Digital TV, 5G/6G, Wireless LAN, Internet of Things (IoT), etc.

Radio Astronomy and Solar-Terrestrial Relations – investigations of the Sun and its activity phenomena, the structure of the solar atmosphere, spot formation, and confined plasma in active regions. Characterization of spots and stellar rotation profile. Particle acceleration mechanisms to high energies, instability of ultra-relativistic electron beams in laboratory accelerators and in solar flares. Interplanetary medium and its disruption by solar activity, coronal mass ejection. Study of Earth's upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and plasmasphere. Effects from outer space and anomalies due to seismic phenomena in VLF propagation. Total electron content (TEC) in the ionosphere and its variation with solar activity in the detection of GPS signals and metric waves. Acceleration mechanisms of the solar wind and charged dust particles. Study of nuclear and hadronic interactions to understand the nature of the nuclear force and the properties of nuclear matter. Research on active galaxies and quasars and their activity using radio waves, including VLBI. Diagnostics from solar telescope observations at CASLEO (Argentina): in the sub-millimeter (212 and 405 GHz), millimeter (45 and 90 GHz), infrared and visible, and cosmic rays’ detector. Radio polarimeter at 7 GHz. Research and development of sensor devices, materials, and filters for applications in medium and far infrared. Implementation of THz solar radiation photometers operating in stratospheric balloons and satellites. Radiometric techniques to study the propagation of VLF signals, GPS, and ionosonde and precipitable water vapor content in the troposphere. Influence of space weather on satellites and on the ground. VLBI applied to precision space Geodesy for measurements of irregularities in the rotation and plastic movements of the Earth and the length of days. Operation of the ROEN 14.2 meters antenna. Georeferencing system development and applications to the synchronism of time, navigation, and remote positioning.

How to Apply?

Apply by the 16th of January 2024 (23:59 Brazilian local time) by sending digital copies of the following documents (in PDF format) to with the e-mail subject: “Admission to PhD (or MSc) Program – documents submission.”

Note that the application should be written in English.

  • Passport
  • Cover letter describing the motivation and suitability for the position.
  • CV
  • Certificates/Diplomas (copies) -- if not in English or Portuguese, please provide English translations.
  • Masters Transcript/Academic record (if applicable)
  • Undergraduate Transcript/Academic record
  • Contact information of three reference persons available for recommendation


The eligible applicants fitting best in the profile expected for the position will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified during the selection process via e-mail.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, such as people of different ages, genders, and lingual, cultural, or minority groups.

Registration and in-person classes are scheduled for the beginning of February 2024.


The applicants classified in the first four (4) positions in each of the Academic Doctorate courses of this Selection Process will be entitled to a Scholarship – Full Exemption from Tuition and Fees – offered by Mackenzie Presbyterian Institute (MPI).

CAPES and CNPq Scholarships for Academic Masters and Doctorate are also available. Candidates may apply for these scholarships that grant full exemption from tuition and fees, plus a living stipend. The current stipend are set by Brazil’s CAPES

Masters R$ 2,100.00 per calendar month

Doctorate R$ 3,100.00 per calendar month


Questions about the application process or the program may be directed to the course coordinator, Prof. Lucia Saito.

+55 (11) 2766-7525

+55 (11) 98470-1757