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Become a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at Teagasc

Are you a researcher looking to advance your career and avail of new knowledge-exchange opportunities and training?

Teagasc is keen to host Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) fellows to work in our research teams. We welcome expressions of interest from suitable candidates interested in developing a proposal with Teagasc researchers for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.

Individual Fellowships are personal fellowships to support a period of mobility. There are two categories of Individual Fellowship: European Fellowships (open to researchers coming to Teagasc from any country in the world for 1-2 years) and Global Fellowships (involving 1-2 years working in a partner organisation outside of Europe, followed by a 12-month return period in Teagasc). The goal of these fellowships is to “enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility”. As one of Ireland’s leading research organisations, Teagasc offers MSCA fellows a first-class environment to conduct research and avail of the attractive salary and benefits provided by the MSCA programme.


What are MSCA European Fellowships?

  • Fellowships held in EU Member States or Associated Countries
  • Between 12 and 24 months in duration
  • Can support the return and reintegration of researchers into a research position in Europe, including in their country of origin (Reintegration option)
  • Can support individuals to resume research in Europe after a career break (Career Restart option)

What are MSCA Global Fellowships?

  • Fellowships involving an outgoing phase in a partner organisation outside of the EU Member States / Associated Countries plus a mandatory 12-month return phase to an organisation located in an EU Member State / Associated Country
  • Between 24 and 36 months in duration
  • Open to national or long-term residents of an EU Member State or Associated Country

Who can apply?

Two main eligibility requirements:

  1. Experienced researchers only: must have a doctoral degree or at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience
  2. Mobility Rule: must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline (a Relaxed mobility rule applies to the Reintegration and Career Restart fellowship options)

Other key features:

  • Researcher can be of any nationality for the European Fellowships
  • No upper age or experience limits: researchers interested in taking a sabbatical are welcome to apply, for example
  • Open to all research areas
  • Option to include a secondment to an academic or non-academic organisation in Europe

Why apply?

  • Enhance your career prospects and employability through a targeted career development and training programme
  • Develop a network of new international and inter-sectoral contacts and collaborations
  • Gain experience working on a first-class scientific project
  • Benefit from an attractive salary and benefits package - the fellowship provides a living, mobility and family allowance (where eligible) to the individual, as well as institutional costs for Research, Training & Networking and Management & Indirect Costs (the living allowance includes a Country Correction Coefficient to take account of living costs in the host country)
  • Boost your CV and future prospects by securing this prestigious award

Application Process & Timeline

Please note that Expression of Interest Submission for 2017 is now CLOSED.

  • Experienced researchers interested in applying for a MSCA Individual Fellowship firstly identify a Host Mentor in Teagasc - information on finding a potential Host Mentor is available below. If you don’t see a potential Host Mentor in your research area in the list, please contact the Teagasc Research Support Office for help in identifying a potential mentor (contact details below).
  • An Expression of Interest (comprising an up-to-date CV, list of publications and letter of motivation) should be sent to the Teagasc Research Support Office by 14th July 2017 (please see end of this page for contact details). Expressions of Interest from eligible researchers will then be forwarded to potential Teagasc mentors.
  • If the application to the Teagasc Host Mentor is successful, the Fellowship Applicant and Host Mentor discuss a project proposal and work closely to develop the application – the Teagasc Research Support Office is also available to assist with your application and provide feedback.
  • MSCA IF applications must be submitted through the European Commission Participant Portal before the Call Deadline: 14 September 2017 17:00 CET.

Teagasc as a Host Organisation

  • One of Ireland’s leading research bodies, ranked 1st in Ireland in research areas such as Food Science & Technology and Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Sciences and 4th and 5th, respectively, in these areas across the EU-28 (Web of Science Incites analytics)
  • Will provide additional institutional funding support of €10,000 per annum to successfully evaluated projects to boost the budget for research costs
  • Excellent research programme spanning all areas of the agri-food and bioeconomy sectors
  • Innovative organisational model based on the integration of research, advisory services and education – a unique multi-actor approach
  • Dedicated Post-Doctoral programme providing training and development opportunities for early-career scientists to enhance their experience of learning and equip them with the necessary skills for the next stage of their chosen career in research
  • Staff training programme aimed at providing staff members with training and development relevant to their role and addressing priority development needs

Finding a potential Teagasc mentor and more information

Research programmes at Teagasc

Irish Marie Curie Office

Official MSCA Individual Fellowships 2017 Call page and Submission Portal

List of Teagasc researchers interested in becoming a Host Mentor

  Research area of interest
Aine Macken-Walsh Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis Department Sociology, narrative methodologies, participatory methodologies, extension interventions, primary producers
Andre Brodkorb Food Chemistry & Technology Department Food colloids, food proteins, protein structure/function, food digestion, microencapsulation
Barbara Good Animal & Bioscience Department  Anthelmintics, resistance, sheep, nematodes, Teladorsagia circumcincta, control
Catherine Stanton Food Biosciences Department Early life nutrition, probiotic cultures, infant gut microbiota, bioactive lipids
Dan Milbourne Crops Research Department  Plant breeding, genotyping, phenotyping, informatics, genomics, image analysis
David Wall Environment, Soils & Land Use Department  Nutrient cycling, soil fertility, grassland, crops, nutrient management, soil quality
Ewen Mullins Crops Research Department Genome editing, genetic engineering, disease resistance
Fiona Brennan Environment, Soils & Land Use Department  Soil microbiome, plant-soil-microbial interactions, greenhouse gases, nutrient cycling, enteric pathogens
Gary Lanigan Environment, Soils & Land Use Department  CN cycling, greenhouse gas mitigation, sequestration, isotope tracing
Guy Serbin Environment, Soils & Land Use Department  Remote sensing, land cover, senescent vegetation/ crop residues/ plant litter, tillage intensity, time-series analysis, big data
Jason Loughrey Agricultural Economics & Farm Surveys Department  Agricultural economics, farm size concentration and inequality, geographical conditions, structural change, agricultural productivity
John Finn Environment, Soils & Land Use Department  Biodiversity, ecosystem function, sustainable agriculture, grassland ecology, farmland habitats
Karen Daly Environment, Soils & Land Use Department  Soil spectroscopy, chemometrics, modelling, portable spectroscopy
Karl Richards Environment, Soils & Land Use Department  Environmental contaminants, soil, water, nitrogen cycling, greenhouse gas emissions, leaching, pathogens
Kaye Burgess Food Safety Department  Biofilm, Listeria, STEC, Salmonella, transcriptomics
Kieran Jordan Food Safety Department  Whole genome sequencing, bioinformatics, Listeria monocytogenes
Kieran Meade Animal & Bioscience Department  Bovine immunology, mycobacterial, antiviral, copy number, immunomodulatory, host defence peptides
Linda Giblin Food Biosciences Department  Bioavailability of food bioactives, intestinal barrier health, nutritional beverages for the elderly, health benefits of food bioactives
Louise McNamara Crops Research Department Entomology, integrated pest management, biocontrol, insecticide resistance
Mark Auty Food Chemistry & Technology Department  Food: microstructure, dairy, powder, food nanotechnology, chemistry
Olivia McAuliffe Food Biosciences Department  Food: pathogen detection, nanodiagnostics, bacteriophage (phage), phage-host interactions, phage-derived affinity proteins
Orla Keane Animal & Bioscience Department  Infection biology, Staphylococcus aureus, mastitis, gastrointestinal nematode, immune response, genomics
Orla O'Sullivan Food Biosciences Department  Fitness, diet, microbiome, metagenomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics
Owen Fenton Environment, Soils & Land Use Department  Nitrogen, land drainage, soil, hydrology, hydrogeology
Patrick Forrestal Environment, Soils & Land Use Department  Soil fertility, nutrients (N, S, K), fertilisers, ammonia emissions, manures
Paul Cotter Food Biosciences Department  Microbiome, gut, fermented foods, dairy, bacteriocins, diet and exercise
Ruth Hamill Food Quality & Sensory Science Department  Food quality, transcriptomics, RNAseq, meat quality, proteomics, metabolomics
Sinead McCarthy Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis Department Functional food acceptance, older consumers, new product development, sensory science
Song Miao Food Chemistry & Technology Department Novel delivery systems, dehydration and post-drying technologies, stabilization of probiotics, water structuring
Stephen Byrne Crops Research Department Bioinformatics, genomic selection, plant breeding, genomics, plant genetics
Susanne Barth Crops Research Department  Forage, cereals, meiotic recombination, perennial ryegrass, cytoplasmic male sterility, wheat, barley, abiotic stress