Apr 07 2023 Posted: 09:00 IST

CÚRAM received 7.1m in co-funding from the European Union to launch MedTrain+, an enhanced innovative Marie-Curie Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action postdoctoral training programme. The vision of MedTrain+ is to create 50 postdoctoral fellowship opportunities to develop future leaders in medical device research.

CÚRAM, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Medical Devices, is recruiting for 50 new postdoctoral positions in the coming months. A national centre, CÚRAM is hosted by University of Galway, with academic partners at nine HEIs across Ireland. The research positions will be based across partner institutions.

The MedTrain+ programme duration is 60 months with fellowships based on individual-driven mobility: Fellows can freely choose their research area (within CÚRAM’s remit), their supervisor and secondment organisation. Fellowships will be open to candidates of any nationality who have not resided in or carried out their main work, studies, etc. in Ireland for more than 12 months in the three years prior to the MedTrain+ recruitment deadline.

Professor Abhay Pandit said: “CÚRAM is perfectly positioned to coordinate MedTrain+ given its innovative strengths, active industry collaborations, and its missions to continue to train and empower the next generation of researchers who can engage with the public and stakeholders to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and CÚRAM outputs. The 50 postdoctoral researchers will join our large team of multidisciplinary researchers working at the cutting edge of medical devices.”

The MedTrain+ funding supports CÚRAM’s vision to be a global leader in the creation and translation of clinic-ready and patient focused medical devices; to develop the next generation of industry-relevant, publicly engaged researchers and to become an anchor for industry applicable research.

MedTrain+ will combine the expertise across CÚRAM’s academic network to host and train fellows across Ireland and existing partnerships with Irish companies and multinationals in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology sectors. These non-academic secondment visits will provide the training ground for designing and manufacturing next-generation devices and implants, some of which can be developed with strong clinical collaborations to enable rapid translation to clinics. MedTrain+ research outputs will benefit outcomes for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and musculoskeletal diseases. MedTrain+ also offers fellows the unique opportunity to work in Europe’s first certified Green Lab at the University of Galway.

Two fellowship levels will be offered ensuring varying depths of experience: Level 1 candidates will have fewer than four years’ experience post PhD; Level 2 candidates will have four or more years’ experience post PhD. MedTrain+ fellows will be equipped with the necessary technical and transferable skills to take up leadership roles in their chosen fields with an established collaborative international network to draw from.

MedTrain+ aims to strengthen the excellence of Ireland’s and Europe’s global leadership in medical device research innovation with the goal of enriching partnerships with participating organisations in research and innovation to bring economic benefits to local, regional and/or national ecosystems.

For more details and to apply, visit medtrainplus.eu

MedTrain+ is cofunded by the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and CÚRAM, Grant Agreement Number 101081457 (Dec 2022 to Nov 2027). Call identifier: HORIZON-MSCA-2021-COFUND-01-01.




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