Postdoctoral Fellowship in Engineering Solutions for the Process Industry

University of Limerick


A Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship


Title of Position: PROCESS: Engineering Solutions for the Process Industry, A Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship. (8 fellowships available in Call 2).

Location: All fellowships will be hosted in the University of Limerick where fellows will be further supported by one of the following world-leading research and technology centres: Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC), Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC), both funded by Enterprise Ireland, and the SSPC, the Science Foundation Ireland Pharmaceutical Research Centre and Confirm: Smart Manufacturing, both Science Foundation Ireland funded.

Contract Type: The two-year fellowship will include an individual research project under the academic supervision of a researcher affiliated with one of the participating centres and a non-academic supervisor, likely a relevant industry partner representative. An employment contract, attractive salary, and excellent working conditions will be provided for the duration of the 2-year Fellowship, which includes a 3-6 month mandatory secondment to industry partners for research or training experience. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside experienced industry members in world-leading companies.

PROCESS: Engineering Solutions for the Process Industry invites applications across several relevant research areas including process modelling and integrated process control, Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) and smart data management, to promote processing agility and flexibility within an Industry 4.0 framework. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

The initiative is co-funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme (Grant agreement No. 801165) and by Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland, through their respective research and technology centres hosted at the University of Limerick. Adhering to the Marie Curie COFUND principle of individual-driven mobility, applicants will have the freedom to choose their research topic, supervisor and secondment organisations.

The programme aims to broaden the career perspectives of researchers and increase their chances of obtaining senior research positions, especially in the non-academic sector.

The programme will fund up to 26 fellowships for experienced researchers who possess a PhD degree or who have at least four years full-time equivalent research experience in academia or industry at the call deadline, which is 2 March 2020 at 17.00h (Irish Standard Time). All submissions must be uploaded to the SULIS portal. Prospective applicants can register for a secure SULIS username and password by completing the Register your Interest form available at

Researchers are welcome from any EU Member State, Associated Country, Overseas Country or Territory linked to the Member States, or a Third Country. The targeted experienced researchers must fit with the Horizon 2020 eligibility rules on mobility and country participation for Marie Curie Sklowdoska Fellowship schemes. This means that applicants must not have resided or carried out their main research activity in the Republic of Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the call deadline, which is 2 March 2020.

Researchers who wish to return or reintegrate into a longer-term research position in Europe, or researchers wishing to resume research in Europe after a career break will be eligible and welcome. Full details on eligibility requirements are now available in the Guide for Applicants at

Research themes:

Hybrid Processing
Process Modelling, Control & PAT
Bulk Solids Processing
Heat & Momentum Transfer
Mass Transfer Processes

Please note that these are broad themes. Please visit the PROCESS website for a full listing of PROCESS supervisors research interests and areas of expertise within the aforementioned themes.

Eligibility criteria:

On 2 March 2020, candidates must be in possession of a doctoral degree (PhD) or must have at least four years full-time equivalent research experience.

Applicants may not have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g. work, study) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline (2 March 2020). For career-restart and reintegration applications, a relaxed mobility rule applies. Please see the Guide for Applicants at for further details.

Selection process:

Fellows will be recruited via an internationally-advertised, merit-based open call for proposals. Selection process will include international peer review, followed by an interview stage. Candidates shortlisted for interview may have the option of a remote interview (e.g. SkypeforBusiness or similar platform), if necessary.

Additional allowances/support

Family allowance (if eligible); comprehensive training and career development programme provided.

For further programme details regarding eligibility and application requirements, please visit our website:

Dr Kristy Sirr, PROCESS Programme Manager, Bernal Institute, AD1-021, University of Limerick, Ireland
Email:; Telephone: 00 353 61 202770

Contact Person : Competition Type : Research
Contact Email : Job ID : 035708
Close Date : 02-Mar-2020 17:00

In your application, please refer to