MSCA Individual Fellowship

INFANT wishes to recruit high-calibre, motivated, experienced researchers through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2019 Individual Fellowship Programme.


INFANT is located, mainly, at University College Cork and is Ireland’s first translational research centre focused on the following clinical domains: pregnancy, birth and infancy as well as ongoing maternal and child health and development. 

Interested MSCA IF candidates will be seeking to conduct research within the clinical domains of INFANT’s research programme and will have expertise in one or more of INFANT’s key thematic research programmes including biomarkers, biomedical engineering, connected health, nutrition and therapeutics.

INFANT is ideally placed to host MSCA Fellows with an interest in our clinical domains given: our location at Cork University Hospital/Cork University Maternity Hospital – one of Europe’s busiest maternity hospitals with over 8,000 births per year; our excellent research infrastructure including on-site laboratory and biobanking facilities, physiological databank and datahub and developmental assessment platform. 

Clinicians, nurses, physiologists, physiotherapists and psychologists identify clinical needs, guide development and provide recruitment capability. Technological expertise from engineers, system engineers, signal processors, software developers and computer scientists provide ‘hand in glove’ algorithm and software development. Research support in the areas of Biobanking, Regulatory, Quality, Monitoring, Biostatistics, Finance and Project Management is provided by experienced INFANT staff.  High tech industry collaborations are aligned to individual projects.

University College Cork

While a number of INFANT supervisors are based at other institutions, including Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway, the majority of INFANT supervisors are based at UCC.

Fellows may, therefore, have the opportunity to be part of the wider UCC community, which is the first institution in Ireland to be successful in renewing the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award. This recognises UCC’s progress in aligning our human resources policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, and helps UCC and INFANT to attract the best researchers from around the world. UCC is an attractive place for researchers to develop their careers, being the only Irish HEI to have developed the Post Doc Development Hub, a programme of professional development training specific to UCC’s postdoctoral fellows. Fellows are also welcome to join one of UCC’s 105 societies and 58 sports UCC, and can avail of discounted membership to our high-tech Mardyke Arena. UCC has a strong focus on Civic Engagement and INFANT Fellows will have ample opportunity to partake in outreach activities, such as the annual Cork Science Festival.  

How to apply?

Candidates may apply for either the European Fellowships or the Global Fellowship.

Interested candidates should contact the supervisor with whom they wish to work (email addresses supplied in profiles) by June 14th 2019, 17:00 Irish Time.

Candidates should send the potential supervisor a CV (5 pages max) and an overview of at least one potential research project idea which can be explored further with the supervisor.

Once an IF candidate and INFANT Supervisor agree to work together, the candidate will receive support from the supervisor and INFANT team, including EU Grant Manager, Finance Manager and Clinical Research Manager throughout the application development process and, if successful, beyond to grant set-up and research study support.

Follow this link for more information on MSCA IF 2019.  

The deadline for proposal submission is September 11th 2019 at 17:00 Brussels time.

Please address any general queries about applying for this programme at INFANT to

INFANT Supervisors 

Successful candidates will conduct research in a highly multidisciplinary, clinical-academic, translational research environment with one of the INFANT Supervisors listed below.