Curriculum Vitae

Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN)


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Name: José Pedro
Surnames: Miragaia Trancoso Vaz
Place/Date of birth: Lobito (Angola) on September 9th, 1962
Nationality: Portuguese

Phone: +351 21 994 6230
Telefax: +351 21 994 1995
Email: pedrovaz (add @ctn.ist.utl.pt)


Academic degrees

  • Degree as Engineer of Telecommunications, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon 1985.
  • MSc. (equivalent degree) in High Energy Physics, Technical University of Lisbon, 1998.
  • PhD. in High Energy Physics, Technical University of Lisbon, 1991.
  • Habilitation in Physics Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon, 2006.

Employment record, institutional duties and responsibilities

  • Coordinator, Radiological Protection and Safety Group of the Nuclear Sciences and Technologies Center (C2TN) of IST, since September 2013.
  • Member of the Scientific Commission of IST/ITN, 2012-2013.
  • Coordinator, Radiological Protection and Safety Unit of ITN, March 2008 August 2013.
  • Director, Department of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety of ITN, 2007-2008.
  • Deputy-Director ("Coadjuvante"), Department of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety of ITN, November 2003-September 2004.
  • Member of the "Safety Commission of the Portuguese Research Reactor" (CSRPI) (since 2011).
  • Principal Researcher of ITN, Lisbon, since December 2001.
  • Invited Professor at "Escola Superior de Tecnologias de Saúde de Lisboa" (ESTeSL), since 2011.
  • Invited Professor at the Physics Department of IST, Lisbon, 2001-2010.
  • Professor at the Physics Department of IST, Lisbon, between September 2000 and December 2001.
  • Administrator in the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Paris, 1993-2000.
  • Professor at the Physics Department of IST, Lisbon, starting April 1993 (on special leave at the OECD between October 1993 and September 2000).
  • CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics) Fellow, Geneva, 1991-1993.
  • Ph.D. student at CERN, Geneva, 1986-1991.
  • Fellowship from LIP, Lisbon and Geneva, 1988-1991.
  • Fellowship from JNICT, Lisbon and Geneva, 1986-1988.
  • Teacher ("Assistente"), Physics Department of IST, 1985-1989.

Representation in International Committees, Working Groups and Organizations

  • Portuguese delegate to the CCE-FISSION Committee (Consultative Committee for the Research and Training Programme (EURATOM) in the Field of Nuclear Energy (Fission)), 2009-2013.
  • Portuguese representative to the Group of Experts in the framework of Article 31 of the EURATOM Treaty, since 2008.
  • Member of the "Working Party on Medical Exposures" (WPMED) of the Article 31 of the EURATOM Treaty, since 2010.
  • Portuguese delegate to the Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), 2001-2011.
  • Portuguese delegate to Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), 2008-2013.
  • Portuguese delegate to the Nuclear Science Committee (NSC) of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) – rapporteur for Shielding and Dosimetry activities of the NSC, 2001-2011.
  • ITN representative to the Governing Board of the European platform MELODI ("Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative"), since 2009.
  • ITN and IST representative to the General Assembly of the European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS), since 2002.

Membership of International Societies, Institutions and Groups

  • Elected member of the Executive Group of the Radiation Protection and Shielding Division (RPSD) of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), 2009-2011.
  • Member of the American Nuclear Society.
  • Member (international liaison) of the Computational Medical Physics Working Group (CMPWG) of the American Nuclear Society, cochair 2011-2012.
  • Member of the Experts Group on Shielding Aspects of Accelerators, Targets and Irradiation Facilities (SATIF), cochair for 2011-2012.
  • Member of the European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS).

Prizes and Distinctions

  • "Outstanding Service Award" ("for his long time service to ANS/RPSD most notably in organizing many Conferences as a major representative from the international community and for his outstanding research contributions in radiation protection and shielding"), by the American Nuclear Society (ANS) / Radiation Protection and Shielding Division (RPSD), 2014.

Participation in Research Projects (cofunded by European Union Framework Programmes)

  • PDSXADS ("Preliminary Design Studies of an eXperimental Accelerator Driven System", 5th Framework Programme EURATOM) – leader of the Portuguese team.
  • EUROTRANS ("EUROpean Research Programme for the TRANSmutation of High Level Nuclear Waste in an Accelerator Driven System", 6th Framework Programme EURATOM) – leader of the Portuguese team.
  • PATEROS ("PArtitioning and Transmutation European ROadmap for Sustainable nuclear energy", 6th Framework Programme EURATOM) – leader of the Portuguese team.
  • CANDIDE ("Coordination Action on Nuclear Data for Industrial Developments in Europe", 6th Framework Programme EURATOM) – leader of the Portuguese team.
  • CONRAD (6th Framework Programme EURATOM).
  • ACSEPT ("Actinide reCycling by SEParation and Transmutation", 7th Framework Programme EURATOM).
  • CDT ("Central Design Team", 7th Framework Programme EURATOM) – leader of the Portuguese team
  • ENETRAPII ("European Network on Education and Training in Radiation Protection", 7th Framework Programme EURATOM) – leader of the Portuguese team.
  • TRASNUSAFE ("TRAining Schemes on NUclear SAFEty Culture", 7th Framework Programme EURATOM) – leader of the Portuguese team.
  • ANDES ("Accurate Nuclear Data for nuclear Energy Sustainability", 7th Framework Programme EURATOM).
  • FREYA ("Fast Reactor Experiments for hYbrid Applications", 7th Framework Programme EURATOM) – leader of the Portuguese team.
  • REWARD ("REal Time Wide Area Radiation Surveillance System", 7th Framework Programme SECURITY) – co-leader of the Portuguese team.
  • PREPARE (Innovative integrative tools and platforms to be prepared for radiological emergencies and postaccident response in Europe, 7th Framework EURATOM) – leader of the Portuguese team.
  • MARISA (MYRRHA Research Infrastructure Support Action, 7th Framework Programme EURATOM) – leader of the Portuguese team.
  • ENETRAPIII ("European Network on Education and Training in Radiation Protection"7th Framework EURATOM) – leader of the Portuguese team.
  • EURALOC (EUropean epidemiological study on RAdiationinduced Lens Opacities for interventional Cardiologists 7th Framework Programme EURATOM) – member of the Portuguese team.

Participation in Research Projects (funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, FCT)

  • "Participation of ITN in the nTOF experiment at CERN" – 5 projects of yearly duration (2002-2008) – project leader.
  • "Participation of ITN in the nTOF experiment at CERN" – 2 projects of yearly duration (2009-2011).
  • "Cooperation with CERN in the framework of the Portuguese participation in the project EURISOL Design Study" – 2 projects of yearly duration (2008-2010) – Project leader.
  • "Improvement of image quality and dose reduction in digital breast tomosynthesis using statistical image reconstruction algorithms" (2013-2015) – Project leader of the IST team.

Teaching and Academic Experience, Supervision and Guidance of Students and Fellows

  • Invited Professor of the Technical University of Lisbon and several other Higher Education institutions in Portugal, teaching Radiological Protection, Radiation Dosimetry, Radiation Shielding, Radiation Physics and Computational Radiation Physics disciplines both at the undergraduate and post-graduation levels and in the framework of Ph.D. programmes.
  • Supervisor of six Doctoral thesis and more than 10 Master's thesis.

Organization of International Conferences, Workshops and Training Courses

– Co-organizer and "Chairman" of International Conferences, Workshops and Training Courses:

  • "Monte Carlo 2000 - Advanced Monte Carlo for Radiation Transport, Particle Physics Simulation and Applications", Lisbon, 2000, 330 participantes.
  • "ICRS10 - Tenth International Conference on Radiation Shielding", Funchal, Portugal, 2004, 350 participants.
  • "ICRS11 - Eleventh International Conference on Radiation Shielding", Georgia, E.U.A., 2008, 300 participants.
  • "ICENES2009 – International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems", Ericeira, Portugal, 2009 – 140 participants.
  • "RSMI 2009  Radiation Shielding for Medical Installations 2009", Ericeira, Portugal, 2009, 150 participants.
  • "Workshop on Computing Radiation Dosimetry", Sacavém, 2002, 60 participants.
  • "PRS2013 - Conference on Protecção Radiológica na Saúde 2013", Lisbon, Portugal, 2013, 250 participants.

– Member of the International Advisory and Scientific Committees of about twenty International Conferences and Workshops.
– Chairperson, track leader and organizer of sessions in several International Conferences and Workshops.
– Organization of several education and training courses, tutorials and Workshops in state-of-the-art computational tools for Radiation Physics and applications.

Main scientific areas of research:

  • Radiological Protection, Radiation Dosimetry and Radiation Shielding.
  • Computational Radiation Physics and applications in Radiation Protection, Radiation Dosimetry and Radiation Shielding.
  • Particle and radiation transport simulation using Monte Carlo methods.
  • Radiation Shielding Design and Assessment.
  • Transmutation of Radioactive Waste.
  • Neutron Dosimetry.

Scientific Work

  • Co-author of more than 300 publications in international scientific refereed journals and in Conference Proceedings, in Radiation Protection, Dosimetry, Shielding, Experimental and Particle Physics, Radiation Physics.
  • An extended version of the CV (100 pages approx.) with a detailed list of publications is available upon request.
  • ResearcherID: K24642013.
  • ORCIDID: 0000000271862359.

Selected Publications

  • 1 Borges C., ZarzaMoreno M., Heath E., Teixeira N., Vaz P., Monte Carlo modeling and simulations of the High Definition (HD120) micro MLC and validation against measurements for a 6 MV beam, Med. Phys, 39 (1), 415-423 (2012).
    Journal impact factor: 2.911, Citations: 2.
  • Nogueira P., Zankl M., Schlattl H., Vaz P., Dose conversion coefficients for monoenergetic electrons incident on a realistic human eye model with different lens cell populations, Phys. Med. Biol. 56 (2011) 6919-6934.
    Journal impact factor: 2.701, Citations: 3.
  • Paradela C., TassanGot L., Audouin L., et al., Neutroninduced fission cross section of U234 and Np237 measured at the CERN Neutron TimeofFlight (n_TOF) facility,Phys. Rev. C 82, 034601 (2010).
    Journal impact factor: 3.715, Citations: 16.
  • Guerrero C., Abbondanno U., Aerts G., et al., The n_TOF Total Absorption Calorimeter for neutron capture measurements at CERN, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 608 (2009) 424–433
    Journal impact factor: 1.142, Citations: 21.