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Machine Learning for Precision Agriculture Applications

McHale Engineering and NUI Galway:

The NUI Galway Agricultural Machinery Research Group and McHale Engineering are looking to host a Career-Fit Plus Research Fellow. This partnership have successfully obtained career-fit funding in the past.

Project Outline:

The project will focus on developing sensor solutions and accompanying machine learning models to optimise the efficiency and driving practices of harvest machinery. A variety of implements are used in collecting grass silage in Northern Europe. These implements are generally used with a tractor with high horsepower engines, consuming significant amounts of fuel. Fuel economy and time constraints are significant factors for a machinery operator and owners during the harvest season.

Research will aim to provide proven machine learning models to optimise driving patterns and fuel economy in a constrained environment. The research must balance crop yield, feed quality, driver well-being and machinery lifespan.

A fellow will have access to a significant dataset of already collected data and asked to contribute towards sensing solutions on state-of-the art prototype machinery.


Desirable Skills:

  • A PhD in electronic engineering, computer science, agricultural engineering or a related discipline;
  • Software expertise for rapid prototyping (Python, R);
  • Background in developing machine learning models for IOT sensor applications;
  • Experience with NoSQL databases or managing large datasets;
  • The candidate must fulfil the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions mobility requirements [1].

McHale Engineering:

McHale is now the largest producer of Agricultural Machinery in Ireland. The company is recognised for bringing innovative, high output, heavy duty agricultural solutions to the market place [2]. The McHale Group of Companies has experienced strong growth over the last decade. In the last 6 years the business has doubled its turnover and their products are sold into over 55 countries around the world.


Agricultural Machinery Research Group:

The Group specialise in applying IOT sensor solutions for operations for agricultural machinery in challenging environments. The group hosts expertise in Digital Signal Processing, Machine Vision, Machine Learning and data analytics. The group reside in the National University of Ireland, Galway. The group has a strong publication record and has close ties to automotive and agricultural technology firms. The city of Galway is placed at number four in Lonely Planet’s Top Ten cities of 2020 [3].


Contact dallan.byrne@nuigalway.ie for more information.


[1]Career-FIT-PLUS, 2019, Guide for Applicants, URL: https://www.horizon2020.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Career-FIT-PLUS-Guide-for-Applicants.pdf

[2] McHale Engineering, 2019, McHale Homepage URL: http://www.mchale.net/
[3] Lonely Planet, 2019, Best  in Travel 2020, URL: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel/cities

FHI Call for Candidates

Career-FIT PLUS aims to enhance the training and mobility of experienced researchers through the undertaking of individually driven, industry-focused research training projects which will be interdisciplinary and focused on the domain areas of the eligible Technology Centres and Technology Gateways in Ireland. This career development programme is underpinned by triple “i”:

International mobility – Experienced Researchers of any nationality who have not resided or carried out their main activity in Ireland for more than 12 months in the three years prior to the Call deadline (15:00 on 19th December 2019) are eligible to apply.

Intersectoral exposure – The strong enterprise links and mandatory 6-12 month industry secondment in the Career-FIT PLUS fellowships will present you with the most significant intersectoral exposure to date in your careers.

Interdisciplinarity – The Technology Centres will provide you with a unique opportunity to work in interdisciplinary innovation teams.

At Food for Health Ireland (FHI), our goal is to enhance health and wellbeing through innovation in food. By combining world-class science with industry expertise, we ensure our industry members stay ahead in the global food market. The FHI EI Technology Centre currently has an opportunity for researchers to apply for the recently launched Marie Curie Career-Fit Plus Programme. If you are an experienced researcher with a background in Food Science, Nutrition, Dairy, Plant or Marine Science, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Microbiology or Agri-Food or if you are a company with a potential project in any of the above areas please get in contact, we would love to work with you!

For more information regarding this call and the projects on offer please contact Gillian Davis, fhi@ucd.ie

2019 Career-Fit Plus Project – FHI Call for Candidates

DePuy Synthes is looking for a Career-FIT PLUS candidate

The DePuy Synthes Companies are part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies and offer the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of orthopaedic and neuro products and services for joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neuro, cranio-maxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials. These products are distributed and implanted across the world served by a global manufacturing network which spans North America, Europe (UK, Ireland, Switzerland & Germany) and Asia.

DePuy Synthes established a manufacturing facility in Ringaskiddy, Cork in 1997 that is focused on joint reconstruction. Today, the Cork facility is the largest manufacturing plant in the company and also houses an Innovation Centre and Global Supply Chain Centre.

The Operations Technology Development Function in our Cork Innovation Centre is developing digital technology solutions for our end-to-end supply chain within the organisation. Teams are currently focused on advanced manufacturing technologies as part of the Manufacturing For the Future programme. Our aim is to create technology platforms capable of accelerating delivery of new products as well as advancing new process technologies for our existing and emerging product portfolio.

The Career-FIT Plus Programme provides an opportunity for suitably qualified experienced Fellows to work with us to develop technologies and products to transform how we address the current and future clinical needs of our patients and better serve healthcare providers with supply chain advances. Specifically, the overarching objectives in these areas are:

Technology :- Advance digital technologies to enable creation of a live Digital Twin of our products during their full manufacturing life-cycle from raw material to finished goods and establish the ability to expand this into the full supply chain.

Product :- Accelerate the design, development and launch of new orthopaedic implants created for a digital lifecycle.
To meet our objectives, there are secondment opportunities for a Fellow to work in the following areas:
1. Digital Technologies for the Future Supply Chain
2. Digital Design for Subtractive & Additive Products
3. Digital Thread & Security for Supply Chain
4. Development of New Implant Products & Process Technologies
5. Manufacturing of the future technologies (Industry 4.0)
6. Business system analytics and visualisation.

Please contact us directly with your CV and Covering letter detailing your appropriate experience at cfitzg12@its.jnj.com if you have identified a host institution and academic mentor and are interested in working with us as the Partner company for your Fellowship application.

CareerFit PLUS_DePuy Synthes 2019_Information for Prospective Applicants


There is an exciting opportunity for an experienced researcher to work on a number of target projects in the area of Cheese Research. The position will be funded through the Career-FIT PLUS programme, a Marie Skłodowska -Curie Actions COFUND.

Selected applicants will prepare a submission in conjunction with the academic mentor, Dr J.J. Sheehan, and specific industry secondment mentors. The position will be based in Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Ireland.

Candidates needs experience of research in dairy and food matrices (preferably cheese) with publications in high impact factor journals; experience in advanced analytical methodologies such as rheometry and microscopy; and a high competency in English. Submit an electronic copy of Curiculum Vitae and a letter of interest to: Dr J.J. (Diarmuid) Sheehan (diarmuid.sheehan@teagasc.ie)


More information here.

Exploring the Use of Artificial Intelligence to improve Security Operations Centre Operations

The research program to be carried out as part of the Career Fit Plus Marie Curie Cofund. The research is carried out by Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) in Ireland in conjunction with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Career Fit Plus background and application details can be found at https://www.horizon2020.ie/career-fit-plus/

This research program will investigate a number of targeted topics whose aim is to increase the efficiency of the SOC team through the use of artificial intelligence techniques. This research will be conducted in collaboration with the Security Operation Centres (SOC) of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in Galway, Ireland. HPE is one of the world’s leading information technology companies with a wide suite of IT solutions. The SOC team in Galway operates at the heart of HPE’s security defense system.

Contact Brian Lee at AIT (blee@ait.ie) for more information

More information about the project here.

Waterford Institute of Technology is looking for Career-FIT PLUS applicants

Through Career-Fit Plus, Waterford Institute of Technology are currently offering fellowships to carry out research in our Technology Gateways, guided by an experienced WIT Academic Mentor aswell as a Company mentor who are concerned not just for the fellows’s scientific progress but also their training and development in line with the agreed career goals.

Supporting organisations of Career-FIT Plus

Researchers awarded a Fellowship will be hosted and employed by a Third Level Institution associated with a Technology Centre/Gateway in Ireland for 3 years, including a mandatory secondment to industry for up to 12 months.

WIT Technology Gateways:

TSSG – https://www.wit.ie/research/centres_and_groups/tssg

SEAM – https://www.wit.ie/research/centres_and_groups/research_groups/engineering/seam

PMBRC – http://pmbrc.org/

For more information on this, please review Terms & Conditions and Guide for Applicants, available here: https://www.horizon2020.ie/career-fit-plus/call-for-proposals/

In order to secure funding, the experienced researcher must develop a proposal with the host Third Level Institute for the December 19th 2019 deadline.


Details here: https://www.wit.ie/research/our_research/career_fit_plus

Career Development Fellowship Opportunity at DPTC’s UL Department of Biological Sciences

A suitably qualified and experienced PhD level scientist is sought for the development of an application for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship opportunity under the Career-Fit programme (https://www.horizon2020.ie/career-fit-plus/). The research topic involves the development of a detailed understanding of process mapping and how subsequent modifications may modify the physicochemical and digestibility properties of whey protein-based ingredients. The project proposal under consideration involves access to the extensive scientific facilities at the University of Limerick along with direct interaction with a leading Irish whey ingredients manufacturer. For further details please contact Prof. R.J. FitzGerald (dick.fitzgerald@ul.ie)

More information here: https://dptc.ie/about/dptc-recruitment/

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology & Smart Reactors are looking for a Career-FIT PLUS Candidate


Smart Reactors is a Product Development Company developing a range of Bio-Passive coatings for the Medical device industry. The company was founded in 2018 and is supported by Enterprise Ireland. Over the years, specialised medical device coatings have been designed to confer various clinical benefits from drug delivery, to reduce surface friction, prevent infection, and reduce blood clotting, and more recently to confer therapeutic benefits. Any foreign material placed in the heart or bloodstream has the potential to cause blood to clot and form a thrombosis or embolism.

For more than thirty years, the anticoagulant drug heparin has been employed as a covalently immobilized surface coating on a variety of medical devices. Heparin-coated devices however have numerous challenges, the main one being the risk of giving patients heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), which is a serious immune mediated drug reaction that can lead to stroke, heart attack, organ failure, pulmonary embolism, limb loss, or death.(1% HIT, with a 20% of 1% mortality rate) Other challenges include additional added focus on clinical and regulatory requirements by FDA, supply chain challenges as well as high manufacturing costs.

There is a continued demand for surface coatings which improve biocompatibility between living tissues and medical devices. To address the challenges of heparin however, some coating developers have developed synthetic, heparin-free biocompatible coatings.

Smart Reactors is in developed of an alternative proprietary Heparin-mimetic anticoagulant coating to support reduced usage of Heparin and reduce associated complication rates. The coating will have multiple applications and significantly less costly to manufacture.

Smart reactors are currently working through the product development and regulatory activities. Proof of concept and IP searches are now complete with a priority filling planned for November 2019.The next phase of the development involves further R&D process characterisation activity for which Smart Reactors will require an experienced researcher for c.36 months in conjunction with a Host Institute.


Smart Reactors are looking for a researcher to join their company to develop a novel bio-compatible coating from concept through to commercialization. This research based role will be based within the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland.

Smart Reactors are executing a development program with a TRL 3 technology to finalise the proof of concept work and prepare for commercializing the surface technology.

The ideal candidate will have skills in one or more of the following areas

– materials science

– polymer chemistry

– biomedical science

– bio-compatibility testing

The role involves working closely with the technical and commercial arms of the company to ensure that clinical, regulatory, performance, intellectual property and commercial requirements of the technology are supported by scientifically sound data.

The successful candidate will be expected to embed themselves in the Research Institute and liaise with external service providers to bring ensure best practices are applied to the development, characterization, promotion and commercialization of the technology .


Please contact:

Brian Haddigan

087 2037556


CEADAR is looking for Career-FIT PLUS applicants!

To date, CeADAR has been successful in wining 6 of these awards and we are looking to build on this success in 2019.

Benefits to you:

  • Excellent salary, plus family allowance
  • 3 year contract
  • Development and training in both industry & academic environments
  • Skills development
  • Acquisition of skills
  • Widening your career options

If you would like to participate in this call please contact Edward.McDonnell@ucd.ie for further information.


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