Calling for Expression of Interest - Marie Sklodowska Curie European Fellowships

Overview and Purpose  

The objective of this Expressions of Interest (EoI) call is to identify potential international candidates across a number of pre-determined research themes with the required profile to work with us through to submission of a full application to the Marie-Sklodowska Curie European Fellowship scheme in September 2018.

The University of Birmingham is one of the top Universities in Europe for attracting and hosting Marie Curie fellows, boasting a track record of over 20% year on year, in winning fellowships.   .

Interested individuals are required to submit an EoI application form using the links below in the first instance by Friday 20 April 2018


Further to the UK/EU published report on progress made during Phase 1 of Brexit negotiations In December 2017, it was confirmed that the UK will continue to have full access to EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and to Erasmus+ until these programmes come to an end. The UK can therefore participate as normal.

Scheme Details

The Marie-Sklodowska Curie European Fellowship scheme offers individuals the opportunity to enhance their career development and prospects by spending a period of time working abroad.  The scheme supports the best, most promising individual researchers from anywhere in the world, and any nationality, and funds all research areas.  

Scheme details
Research Topics: Any
Duration: 1-2 years
Included: Salary including travel and family allowance together with research and management costs.

 Useful Links

The following will provide additional information through the formal European Commission channels: 

Supported Research Themes 

We are running this EoI call across a set number of research themes which have been identified by our academic community as those they would like to attract fellows to work with them around. 

Engineering & Physical Sciences

  • Soft Matter at Interface
  • New Li/Na ion battery materials
  • New Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Materials
  • Terahertz surface scattering (experimentally-driven)
  • Terahertz imaging (theoretical- or experimentally-driven)
  • Enhancing the sustainability and resilience of existing and new concrete structures
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Robotic Disassembly
  • Quantum Degenerate Gases
  • Quantum and Quantum Enabled Sensing
  • Mechanical Engineering: Air bearings, rotor dynamics, microgas turbine engine, or turbochargers.
  • Materials: Pressureless sintering complex shaped silicon nitride microcomponents.
  • Railway Infrastructure Resilience and Safety.
  • Structural monitoring and maintenance
  • Transportation and transit systems
  • Machine learning and graph computing for discovering biological mechanisms of cancer
  • Nanoplasmonics
  • Digital Railway Technology
  • Future Public Transportation Systems
  • High-throughput computational modelling of next-generation battery materials
  • Fellowship on the Design of Radiation-Hard CMOS Sensors for Determining Absorbed Dose in Hadron Radiotherapy
  • Railway Electrification in the era of Smart Grids
  • Responsible AI - embedding human values into the heart and operation of AI.
  • Dynamic, functional bio-interface materials
  • Materials with anti-fouling properties
  • Glycan recognition and sensing
  • Vesicle engineering
  • Mechanical metamaterials
  • Organocatalytic and asymmetric C-H oxidation
  • Isosteric, isoelectronic and chiral mimetics of cysteine disulfides

Life & Environmental Sciences

  • Phosphatases and the regulation of metabolism
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders: developing knowledge and psychological interventions
  • Physical activity and adolescent mental health
  • Hydrology; water in a changing climate
  • Effective interventions in Alzheimer’s disease:  Investigating the antioxidant content of lipoproteins following exercise intervention
  • Mechanisms underpinning self-harm in autism’
  • Urban wellbeing
  • Urban and Regional Air Pollution
  • Using observations and models to advance understanding of forest demography
  • Urban air pollution: emissions, processes and impacts
  • Biogeochemistry of atmospheric nutrients
  • Stress response signalling in regeneration and cancer

Medical & Dental Sciences


  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cardiac arrest and resuscitation research in children
  • Chronic post-thoracotomy pain; roles of patients and public involvement in recruitment of clinical trials
  • Dental Materials Science and Related Technologies
  • Endocrine Biochemistry: Regulation of steroid hormone action and nucleotide signalling
  • Imaging approaches in liver cancer and hepatic regeneration
  • Improving neurodevelopmental outcomes after cardiac arrest in children; developing a European collaborative’
  • Machine Learning for promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Risk-taking behaviour in adolescence and young adulthood
  • Roles of ubiquitin-like modifiers in regulation of DNA replication
  • Social cognition (empathy)
  • The Development of Implantable Devices for the localised Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
  • The role of B cells in liver inflammation

Social Sciences

  • Community land trusts
  • Empirical analysis of development processes and outcomes in post-civil war states
  • Learning, Brains and Classrooms - towards a new understanding of learning
  • Political Campaigning
  • The Effects of Conflict and War on Risk and Social Behaviour
  • The Impact of Migration on Distributional Preferences
  • Welfare regimes in social policy
  • Self-Determinationa and Secession

 Arts & Law

  • Electronic Music Studies
  • Making Sense of Europe's Industrial Heritage
  • Religion and humanitarian intervention
  • Religion, global politics and international relations
  • Studying literary texts in the digital age -  corpus methods and computer-assisted techniques for the study of 19th century novels and children’s literature
  • The legacies of colonialism and the role of law and lawyers in governance
  • Trans-European trade and technology transfer in the 2nd Millennium BC


Eligibility & Profile

Only experienced researchers can apply and this means that you must: 

  • Hold a PhD or have at least 4 years full-time equivalent research experience.
  • Have not resided, worked or studies in the UK for more than 12 months in the last three years.  

You should be able to satisfy most of the following requirements: 

  • A good publication track record.
  • Have presented at well-established seminars, conferences endorsers
  • Been involved in the organisation of workshops/conferences.
  • Been a member of a review panel or editorial board.
  • Hold academic/professional memberships.
  • Won prizes or other awards for research and/or other related achievements.
  • Have demonstrable leadership, teaching and/or supervisory experience.
  • Been involved in public engagement knowledge transfer activities.
  • Hold mobility/international experience.  

Application Process & Deadlines 

Expressions of Interest must be submitted using the APPLICATION FORM , together with a full CV,  by email to no later than Friday 20 April 2018. 


You will be notified by 25 May 2018 if your EoI has been identified as one of those to be taken forward to full application and introductions will be made accordingly between yourself and your designated supervisor so that you can work together towards the submission deadline on 12 September 2018


If you have any queries relating to this call please direct these to Sally Wiley (