16 Postdoc Fellowships available on Industry 4.0

SMART 4.0 - Smart Manufacturing Advanced Research Training for Industry 4.0 ia a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND postdoctoral fellowship with CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing, aimed at creating the next generation of Smart Manufacturing leaders with strong “systems-level thinking” & interdisciplinary skills to help drive Industry 4.0 forward for Europe. It will offer 16 Fellowships, each 24 months in duration in the Republic of Ireland.

Call 2 is open from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020.

The primary goal of CONFIRM’s SMART 4.0 programme is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence through advanced training and in the development of a broad transversal skillset. 


  • Fully-funded 24-month program

  • An attractive salary, mobility and family allowance

  • Industrial placement (3 - 6 months)

  • Choice of spring/summer schools

  • Career development planning

  • Bespoke transferable skills training

Eligibility criteria

At the Call 2 deadline, a prospective fellow must be an experienced researcher who is in possession of:

  • doctoral degree or has at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience

SMART will adhere to the MSCA cofund principle of ‘individually-driven mobility’ meaning that Fellows will have full freedom to choose their host institution, supervisor and research topic (with alignment to CONFIRM Centre’s Hub research and industry targeted spoke themes – Smart Products, Smart Machines, Smart Production Systems and Smart Supply Chains; see Themes – Hubs & Spokes). Prospective Fellows will be embedded in an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral environment, and will be well-poised to capitalize on CONFIRM Centre’s excellent industry and research architecture.

To foster the Fellows’ career development, the SMART 4.0 training programme will include:

  1. An individualised 24 month research training project, developed by the Fellow with input from CONFIRM Centre’s academic community

  2. Attendances at CONFIRM Centre and affiliates’ Spring and Summer schools

  3. A compulsory 3-month (min.) industrial secondment (see Partners – Academic, Industry)

  4. Career development planning

  5. Transferable skills training

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