The University of Siegen has secured funding for 20 x 2-year ‘STAR’ postdoc fellowships. Funding comes from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020) for implementing Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoc fellowships. The ‘STAR’ fellowships allow you to independently conduct your own research project, embedded in an existing research group at the University of Siegen. The salary will be around €65k/pa (+€6k if you have a family). The STAR program is highly similar to the EDGE and ELITE-S programs at Trinity College Dublin, where we previously supervised the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships of Dominika Tkaczyk and Mohammed Al-Rawi.

If you are interested in applying for the fellowship and would like to be hosted by us, the Intelligent Systems Group, please contact us. We would be particularly interested in hosting you if you worked on automated machine learning, automated algorithm selection & configuration, and/or recommender systems. Also, your research should relate to one of the following research areas (see image below) and the concept of ‘Sensing and Sensibility’.

More details including FAQ and the application form can be found on

Please also consider our other open postdoc position for up to 5 years. If you are interested, we might combine the START fellowship and the other position.

General Information on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

As part of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) aim to contribute to excellent research in Europe by strengthening research human resources. This will be achieved by equipping researchers at all stages of their career with new knowledge, skills and international and intersectoral exposure necessary to tackle current and future challenges faced by society. The mobility of researchers is a key requirement in all MSC Actions.

MSCA COFUND aims to support regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development. The European Commission will either co-fund programmes offering training opportunities to doctoral students (doctoral programmes) or to experienced researchers on postdoctoral level (fellowship programme).

More information about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions can be found here.

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