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MedDevDoc Marie Skłodowksa Curie Fellowship Programme 2024 (ref 111-24)

University of Galway (NUI Galway)
Galway (City), Connacht (IE)
Closing date
14 Aug 2024

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Applications are invited from suitable candidates for 25 full-time fixed-term Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Fellows (DFs) with CÚRAM, SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices at the University of Galway.  

These positions are available from December 2024 for a period of 48 months. 

MedDevDoc is an advanced Industry-Academia Training, Career Development, and Mobility Fellowship Programme. 

CÚRAM MedDevDoc Fellowships are open to applicants of any nationality, resident anywhere in the world (see eligibility criteria in a guide for applicants), seeking a prestigious career development fellowship in medical device research and development based at one of the following host organisations:  University of Galway (GALWAY), University College Dublin (UCD), The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University of Limerick (UL), Dublin City University (DCU), Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), University College Cork (UCC), National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) and Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin). 

Positions involve two main phases: an initial host organisation phase and a secondment phase in a non-academic sector. The projects will encompass the broad area of Medical Device Research and Development, including Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Devices, Machine Learning, Medical Imaging and Soft Robotics, Immuno Engineering, and Education and Public Engagement (EPE) and Science Advocacy Programmes and regulations.  

During the 48-month MedDevDoc Programme, the University of Galway will publish a call for applications and recruit 25 Doctoral Students. To ensure a wide range of applicants from different genders, nationalities, and types of background education can engage with the programme. The target group for MedDevDoc is formed by master’s students interested in the critical scientific areas of interest to CÚRAM including, Regenerative Medicine, Medical Devices (Biomaterials and Drug Delivery) and MedTech AI.  All applicants must fulfil the requirements of the MSCA mobility conditions. Consequently, the dissemination will be internationally focused, will use international media, and will be in English. We welcome applications from candidates who have had career breaks and are looking to return to a research-based career and from candidates who have had a non-traditional career path. 

You can learn more about our vision, research platforms, a consortium of academic and industry partners, Science policy and advocacy, and public engagement on our website CÚRAM - CÚRAM (curamdevices. ie). MedDevDoc fellows will collaborate and integrate with multidisciplinary teams to provide the training ground for designing and manufacturing next-generation devices and implants. Further information can be found in the Detailed Guide for Applicants to MedDevDoc and Quick Guide for Applicants to MedDevDoc are available at: 

This project has received co-funding from Horizon Europe’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Grant Agreement No:101126640. 

Essential Criteria: 

As per the MSCA definition: 

  • MedDevDoc are open to candidates who have a 1st class or a 2:1 honour first degree and have/are due to obtain a Master’s in Biomaterials, Biomedical Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Cell Biology, Biology, Biochemistry, or related discipline from different genders and nationalities. They must not already own a doctoral degree. Medical Doctors are also invited to apply if they can demonstrate an understanding of the clinical or life sciences research process. 
  • All applicants for whom first language is not English must present an English language qualification taken within two years before the application (Suggested English language qualifications include IELTS, Cambridge C1 Advanced, Cambridge C2 Advanced, TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Home Edition, Pearson PTE and Duolingo) 
  • Comply with the MSCA mobility rule: have not resided or conducted their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the submission deadline.  Compulsory national service and short stays such as holidays are not considered. 

Please note: 

Gross Salary: 

Remuneration aligns with EC rules for Marie Skłodowska- Curie COFUND grants:  

The minimum gross salary range for doctoral fellowships is from €30,901 to €37,726 per annum. 

The range depends on the applicant's eligibility, such as Mobility and Family allowance. Salaries are subject to taxes and deductions, e.g., deduction of PRSI (employee social security) and income taxes. For more information about tax entitlements, please go to 

Start date: Positions are available from November 2024. 

Continuing Professional Development/Training

Fellows are encouraged to avail themselves of training and development opportunities to support their career development plans. Further, CÚRAM shall facilitate this training with its partners [For more details on our partners: CÚRAM - CÚRAM (]. For information on moving to Ireland, please see Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon employment - see HERE for further information.  CÚRAM will also facilitate training along with its partners. 

For information on moving to Ireland, please see  

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 

The University of Galway is committed to principles of equality and encouraging diversity and inclusion. Several of the participating academic Institutions and Schools are holders of Athena SWAN awards. We celebrate the diversity of our staff and students and work to support an inclusive environment free from discrimination and harassment.  

To Apply: The application process should include an Online application + Administrative Proposal: Part A plus Ethics Self-assessment form (including Max 2 Pages) + Part B (Research Proposal) + Academic CV (Max 3 pages with three references) 

  • Part A: Administrative Proposal: Max 1000 words: Part A 
  • Part B: The project summary (MAX 4 pages + a page appendix) and a motivation letter (max. 1 page).  
  • Academic CV: Max 3 pages (With three references).  

Candidates must develop a project proposal on CÚRAM relevant themes and submit it via the online application system. The system will remain open for applications until midnight (UTC) on the call deadline of 18th Agust 2024. 

See the Detailed Guide for Applicants, Quick Guide for Applicants, and for more information. 

For informal enquiries, contact the University of Galway programme manager at  Please put the reference number University of Galway 111-24 in the subject line of all queries related to this post. 

The closing date for submission of application 2 is 18th August 2024 at 23.59 UTC. 

We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post. 

The University of Galway is an equal opportunities employer. 

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency-based Recruitment. 


NUI Galway is recognized as a research-led University that addresses issues of global economic and societal importance. Our research strategy focuses on developing clusters of internationally recognised expertise in selected priority areas. We have developed meaningful and strategic research alliances with economic, social and cultural partners in areas of regional and national importance. This strategy has resulted in the creation of research clusters in themes that are academically challenging, economically viable and regionally and nationally relevant. We continue to develop our research priorities within the national and international context in addition to supporting emerging and cross cutting priority area development. Our priority research areas build upon our key strengths and include:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Sciences
  • Environment, Marine and Energy
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
  • Humanities in Context including Digital Humanities

These priority areas seek to address the challenges and needs of society. Our research leads to life changing discoveries and polices that shape the future both nationally and internationally. Our vibrant and dynamic community attracts researcher leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and students of the highest calibre who thrive in our research focused environment. This is embodied though our research commitment , which seeks to:

1. Contribute to Knowledge

2. Create partnerships with Industry

3. Educate Future Leaders

4. Shape the Direction of Public Policy

5. Enable Regional and Cultural Advancement 

Biomedical Science and Engineering

Developing innovative research programmes that promote the understanding and treatment of today’s major diseases. The core objective of this priority is to serve the needs of patients through research, to provide a real and measurable return on investment, to enhance regional and national enterprise development and to contribute to society through education and scientific outreach. Researchers focus on some of the major medical challenges that face the world today including cardiovascular disease, cancer, orthopaedic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Sciences Science

NUI Galway’s researchers in informatics use their world-wide network of partners to take part in global standardisation efforts and to improve the way people and businesses communicate and interact. Research also addresses the problems presented by vast data sets flowing from imaging activities that need significant computing power to reduce, analyse and visualize and further research looks at modelling and simulation, which are integral to almost all physical and biological sciences.

Environment, Marine and Energy

This research area covers environmental change and modelling, atmospheric studies, biodiversity and bioinformatics, marine science and law, and sustainable energy. Research efforts towards enhanced energy efficiencies and conservation methods, renewable energy sources and new advanced environmental technologies, help address the dilemma between balanced economic growth and environmental impact.

Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy

Research programmes examine economic innovation, social change, social inclusion, balanced development and health. The Whitaker Institute applies a multiperspective research approach to business and social issues, with an impact-led focus within the following research clusters:

  • Business Performance, Agility and Governance
  • Conflict and Collective Action
  • Environment, Development and Sustainability
  • Gender, Equality and the Knowledge Society
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Innovation: People, Place and Society

Humanities in Context including Digital Humanities

Humanities at NUI Galway is a vibrant research rich area for scholarship and debate. Programmes include research into Ireland’s presence within the European and Global community and its contribution to international developments, as well as the unique contribution that NUI Galway can make to the Irish language and cultural studies.

  • Exemplary collection of archives in the James Hardiman Library dating from the 15th century to the present day including ; Archives of the Druid, Lyric Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe theatres, literary papers include the archive of John McGahern, playwrights and actors papers such as Tom Kilroy papers, and film archives include the John Huston papers.
  • Unique national training hub enables and encourages interaction between archival resources, digital cultures, the business economy, public policy and social opportunity.
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Galway takes centre stage on Ireland’s western seaboard. A spectacularly beautiful county, it is a medley of contrasts - the wildest and remotest of countryside teamed with one of Europe’s most vibrant and popular cities. Connemara is located to the west of Galway; whilst to the south, in the mouth of Galway Bay, are the Irish speaking Aran Islands where age old traditions are found along side modern living.

Cultural Galway

Galway is known as Ireland’s Cultural Heart (Croí Cultúrtha na hÉireann), attracting thousands to the many festivals throughout the year. A few of the big attractions include The Cúirt International Festival of Literature, the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races and the Oyster Festival.

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Even though it is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, Galway has retained the friendly character and intimate feel that make it so popular. Galway is young at heart, with students making up 20% of the population here. Galway is the most international place in Ireland with 1 in 4 people born outside of the state.

Business In Galway

Galway is the location of choice in Europe for the medical device sector which now employs in excess of 25,000 people in over 250 companies in Ireland. Ireland is now home to 17 of the top 25 global MedTech companies and exports exceed €7.9 billion annually. Other industries include ICT, Tourism and Financial Services.

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