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Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) 2021

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Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) 2021

Level:Postdoctoral Researcher
POSTED:June 10, 2021
LOCATION:ADAPT Partner Institutions
CLOSES:October 12, 2021
Duration:2 Years
Reports to:
Salary:Competitive plus living allowance, mobility allowance and if applicable, family, long-term leave and special needs allowances
Closing Date:October 12, 2021

The ADAPT Centre is excited to invite applications from experienced researchers in Computer Science, to apply for competitive and career enhancing 2-year European Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF), a Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action.

As part of this prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship you will

  1. Have full autonomy to develop a novel proposal aligned with your research career  guided by world leading academic supervisor in your field and an expert research development team
  2. Join the Marie Curie Alumni Association, a major platform for researchers to contribute to shaping science policy in Europe, providing career development opportunities and supporting the wider research community on topics affecting research and researchers’ lives.
  3. Expand the reach of your research through the MSCA programme which is proven to increase citation publication  rate in comparison to other schemes  
  4. Be provided with a generous Mobility and Living Allowance as well as a Family Allowance (where applicable) to enable your relocation to Ireland, the European hub of digital innovation.


To submit an expression of interest please complete the following form:  

To learn more about the scheme, please visit: 


  • Contribute to the ADAPT research agenda that pioneers and combines research in AI driven technologies: Natural Language Processing, Video/Text/Image/Speech processing, digital engagement & HCI, semantic modeling, personalisation, privacy & data governance. 
  • Work with our interdisciplinary team of  leading experts from the complementary fields of, Social Sciences,  Communications, Commerce/Fintech, Ethics, Law,  Health, Environment and Sustainability.
  • Leverage our success.  ADAPT’s researchers have signed 43 collaborative research projects, 52 licence agreements and oversee 16 active commercialisation funds and 52 commercialisation awards.  ADAPT has won 40 competitive EU research projects and obtained €18.5 million in non-exchequer non-commercial funding. Additionally, six spinout companies have been formed. ADAPT’s researchers have produced over 1,500 journal and conference publications and nearly 100 PhD students have been trained. 



The ADAPT Centre, funded by Science Foundation Ireland focuses on developing next generation digital technologies that transform how people communicate by helping to analysepersonalise and deliver digital data more effectively for businesses and individuals. ADAPT researchers are based in eight leading universities: Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin, Technological University Dublin, Maynooth University, Munster Technological University, Athlone Institute of Technology, and National University of Ireland Galway. 

ADAPT’s research vision is to pioneer new forms of proactive, scalable, and integrated AI-driven Digital Media Technology that empower individuals and society to engage in digital experiences with control, inclusion, and accountability with the long-term goal of a balanced digital society by 2030. ADAPT is pioneering new Human Centric AI techniques and technologies including personalisation, natural language processing, data analytics, intelligent machine translation, human-computer interaction, as well as setting the standards for data governance, privacy, and ethics for digital content. 


Candidates interested in applying for a PF with the ADAPT Centre and any of its affiliated host institutes must fill out and submit the “Expression of Interest” form available on this link:  

Candidates will be selected based on eligibility, experience, alignment with ADAPT priorities and proposed supervisor’s research interest. The final decision to support a candidate will ultimately be taken by the supervisor. 

The selected candidates will receive support from ADAPT’s Research Development Team in writing their applications and join a number of working sessions to develop a strong and competitive proposal. 


Supervisor Research area
Professor Rozenn Dahyot

(Maynooth University)

Artificial intelligence ( machine learning, deep learning, graph  neural networks ) and Mathematics (Statistics, Information theory, optimal transport, functional analysis). Applications: Computer vision & graphics, GIS/Remote Sensing, medical imagery, etc. 
Dr. Aidan Meade

(Technological University Dublin) 

Minimal invasive sampling and imaging methods. Development of AI for prediction of treatment outcome in breast cancer with hyper-spectral imaging and Integration of cross-treatment data for individualisation of patient treatment.
Dr. Monica Ward

(Dublin City University) 

Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs). Software Engineering, programming and human languages.
Dr. Soumyabrata Dev

(University College Dublin) 

Image processing, machine learning, and remote sensing. Statistical machine learning and deep learning in various fields of digital multimedia, atmospheric research, and solar and renewable energy.
Dr. Robert Ross

(Technological University Dublin) 

Dialogue Systems and application of machine learning and deep learning techniques to structured data including text, sensor data streams and video.
Professor Mark Little

(Trinity College Dublin) 

Novel model systems for investigating the pathogenesis of ANCA vasculitis, biomarker development and application of data science techniques to study autoimmunity
Professor Markus Helfert

(Maynooth University) 

Data Governance, Data Value Management, Information Management, Cloud Computing, Service Science, Enterprise Architecture and Open Data and Smart Cities. 
Dr. Cathy Ennis

(Technological University Dublin) 

Computer Graphics, specifically in perceptually guided graphics. Creating plausible virtual humans and groups and interactions with or between characters in virtual or mixed environments.
Dr. Darragh O’Brien

(Dublin City University) 

Application of deep learning to reliably identify speaker-specific characteristics in the speech signal (where characteristics of interest include age, gender, affect and disease markers, as well as the application of deep learning to mask the same speaker-specific characteristics in the speech signal while preserving the signal’s linguistic content.
Dr. Niall Murray

(Athlone Institute of Technology) 

Immersive and multisensory multimedia communication, multimedia signal processing, quality of experience, and wearable sensor systems. Machine learning, digital health and digital content.
Assist. Prof. Rob Brennan

(Dublin City University)

His main research interests are data value, data quality, data governance, and semantics.
Assist. Prof. Ray Walshe

(Dublin City University)

His research interests include cloud Architecture, High Performance Computing, Data Analytics (Big Data) and Artificial Intelligence


Stages of the EoI process and indicative timeline:

Call for EoIs opening 01st of June 2021
Submission of EoIs to ADAPT 30th of June 2021
Review of EoIs by central panel 01st July – 07th July
Communication of results of internal selection 09th of July 2021
Working sessions and support from ADAPT in proposal development 12th of July – 17th of September 2021
Submission of full draft (with final budget) to ADAPT 30th of September 2021
MSCA PF submission deadline 12th of October 2021 @ 5pm Brussels time.



Each candidate will apply to the scheme with an ADAPT Centre Supervisor who belongs to one of the 8 institutions affiliated to the Centre, this will be the candidate’s host institution. 

Should the proposal be successful, the candidate will receive a contract of employment for the period of 2 years, fully funded by the European Commission.

The beneficiary receiving EU funding (The ADAPT Centre through its host Institutions) recruits the researcher (Candidate) for the total period of the fellowship (24 months’ duration). This recruitment will only happen if the proposal is selected for funding by the European Commission.

The EU provides the following support:

  • a living allowance
  • a mobility allowance
  • if applicable, family, long-term leave and special needs allowances

In addition, funding is provided for

  • research, training and networking activities
  • management and indirect costs


Candidates must:

  1. Have successfully defended their thesis or have been formally awarded a PhD degree at the time of the deadline. 
  2. Have a maximum of eight years’ experience in research, from the date of the award of their PhD degree. Note that years of experience outside research and career breaks will not count towards the above maximum, nor will years of experience in research in countries outside of the EU, for nationals or long-term residents of EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries who wish to reintegrate to Europe
  3. Should comply with mobility rules: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (Ireland) for more than 12 months in the 36 months (3 years) immediately before the call deadline


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