MSCA Individual Fellowship 2020

INFANT wishes to recruit high-calibre, motivated, experienced researchers
through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2020 Individual Fellowship

The Irish Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research wishes to recruit high-calibre, motivated, experienced researchers (with a doctoral degree or at least four years full-time equivalent research experience) through the MSCA 2020 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. INFANT is answering the international need for research and innovation to improve healthcare outcomes for mothers, infants and children. INFANT translates innovations from bench to bed-side with over 30 industry partners and academic collaborations in more than 30 countries.

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 3 core research themes: 1. Neuroscience and Development2. Fetal and Maternal Heath3. Nutrition and Growth.

INFANT’s research is underpinned by 6 research platforms, state-of-the art research infrastructure and technologies expertise: Omics; Connected Health; Early Life Lab; Biomedical Data Analytics; Patient Cohorts; and Clinical Trials.

INFANT is ideally placed to host MSCA Fellows 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.

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

How to apply?

Candidates may apply for either the Standard European Fellowship or the Global Fellowship.  The Standard European Fellowship (max. 24 months) is open to all nationalities and is ideal if you have not spent more than 12 months in Ireland in the 3 years before the call deadline of 09/09/2020 (standard MSCA mobility rules). The Global Fellowship (max. 36 months) is open to EU/Associated Country citizens and long-term residents. The outgoing phase is 12-24 months in a Third Country with a return phase of 12 months at INFANT in Ireland (standard MSCA mobility rules apply to Third Country). Interested candidates should contact the supervisor with whom they wish to work (email addresses supplied in profiles) by June 22nd 2020, 17:00 Irish Time.

Candidates should send their preferred 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 9th 2020 at 17:00 Brussels time.

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

INFANT MSCA IF Supervisors

Prof. Geraldine Boylan

Area: Neonatal Physiology – AI
for neonatal seizure detection

Prof. Frédéric Adam

Area: Connected Health

Prof. Liam Marnane

Area: Biomedical Signal Processing

Dr. Ali

Area: Perinatal and Psychiatric Epidemiology

Dr. Jane

Area: Biomarker Discovery,
and Metabolomics

Prof. Eugene

Area: Neonatal Research

Dr. John O’Toole

Area: Biomedical Engineering

Prof. Mairead Kiely

Area: Biomedical Signal Processing