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Postdoctoral Fellowships at APC Microbiome Ireland

Applications are invited for a prestigious 24-month Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions postdoctoral research fellowship on the INSPIRE programme.

INSPIRE (INnovative Sustainable Development InterdisciPlinary Post-Doctoral Research Excellence) is a research training and career development fellowship for postdoctoral researchers, cofunded by the European Union’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme and hosted by the SFI Research Centre, APC Microbiome Ireland (APC).

APC is an internationally renowned research institute which explores the role of the microbiome in health and disease. Its mission is to link Irish science with industry and society through excellence in research, education and public engagement in gastrointestinal health.

The programme seeks to build on APC Microbiome’s experience by encouraging the next generation of experienced researchers to tackle global societal challenges related to food systems and health.

INSPIRE applicants will have the freedom to choose their research topic, supervisor and intersectoral secondment host. Proposals must align with an APC research theme (‘Microbes to Molecules’, ‘Diet and Microbes’, ‘Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis’ or ‘Host-Microbe Dialogue’) and tackle a global societal challenge for example Anti-Microbial Resistance, Non-Communicable Diseases or Sustainable Food Systems.

The fellowships are targeted at experienced researchers where the researcher must be in possession of a doctoral degree OR have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience in academia or industry.

INSPIRE will fund 10 two-year postdoctoral fellowships. Fellowships will be awarded based on research proposals following an evaluation and selection process.

Key eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be experienced researchers
  • Applicants must fulfil mobility requirements: may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, study) in the Republic of Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the Call deadline.

Call deadline: 30th September 2022

Full details of the programme, eligibility criteria and the application process are available on the INSPIRE website Inspire | University College Cork ( 

For further information, contact the INSPIRE Programme Manager:

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