Ireland: Calling all future Industry 4.0 research leaders - 16 Postdoc Fellowships are available under SMART 4.0 Call 2

SMART 4.0 programme will offer 16 Fellowships, each 24 months in duration in the Republic of Ireland

SMART 4.0 - Smart Manufacturing Advanced Research Training for Industry 4.0 ia a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND postdoctoral fellowship aiming to attract the very best researchers to live and work in the Republic of Ireland.

This is a prestigious and exciting opportunity, with just 16 fellowships to be awarded.

Call 2 is open from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020 (5pm IST).


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. The training will focus on delivering the next generation Smart Manufacturing leaders with strong “systems-level thinking” and interdisciplinary skills to help drive Industry 4.0 forward for Europe. 


  • 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:

  • A 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

Preparing your application

For further details please see the website


Call for Expert Reviewers

SMART 4.0 is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified Expert Reviewers to serve as evaluators for SMART 4.0 proposals in Call 2.

Researchers are invited to submit proposals in fundamental or applied research fields of Smart Manufacturing, using an individually-driven, bottom-up approach. The role of the Expert Reviewer is to assess the quality of the research project proposed in terms of Excellence, Impact and Implementation.

Do you ..

•.. have academic/industrial experience and hold expertise in one or more of the CONFIRM research themes?

Data Analytics - AI - Predictive Modelling - Decision Analytics - Product & Process Control - Enterprise Modelling & Simulation - Software systems - HCI - Security & Integration - Networked Systems & IoT - Sensors - Robotics & Control - Materials Processing

•.. currently reside outside of the Republic of Ireland?

•.. have prior experience submitting/evaluating proposals?

•.. have availability to assess proposal in early October 2020?


If so, Register Your Interest @ smart_confirm@ul.ie to become an Expert Reviewer with SMART 4.0!