PhD Opportunity: Shaping a Digitally Interconnected Innovation Corridor for MedTech Entrepreneurship in the Northern and Western Region of Ireland (IDEAS 4)

Atlantic Technological University

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PhD Opportunity: Shaping a Digitally Interconnected Innovation Corridor for MedTech Entrepreneurship in the Northern and Western Region of Ireland (IDEAS 4)


Atlantic Technological University

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Job Information Organisation/CompanyAtlantic Technological University DepartmentResearch Research FieldOtherEconomics » Management studies Researcher ProfileFirst Stage Researcher (R1) CountryIreland Application Deadline29 Apr 2024 – 17:00 (Europe/Dublin) Type of ContractNot Applicable Job StatusNot Applicable Hours Per WeekFull Time Study Offer Starting Date2 Sep 2024 Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?European Union / Next Generation EU Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?NoOffer DescriptionThe Higher Education Authority (HEA) Technological University Research and Innovation Supporting Enterprise, Scheme (TU RISE) is co-financed by the Government of Ireland and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) via the Southern, Eastern & Midland Regional Programme 2021- 27 and the Northern & Western Regional Programme 2021-27.Funding for this Project includes:

  • A student stipend (usually tax-exempt) valued at €22,000 per annum
  • Annual waivers of postgraduate tuition fee
  • Extensive research training programme
  • Support for travel, consumables and dissemination expenses

The Postgraduate Research Programme in Innovation, Digitalisation, Enterprise and Society (IDEAS), funded under TU RISE, offers 12 PhD research scholarships to commence in 2024. Each project will include an enterprise placement of minimum 12 weeks duration.Project (IDEAS 4): Shaping a Digitally Interconnected Innovation Corridor for MedTech Entrepreneurship in the Northern and Western Region of IrelandThe Northern and Western Region (NWR) of Ireland holds a promising landscape for the MedTech sector, characterised by a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, a strong academic foundation, and a growing number of incubators, accelerators, focused entrepreneurship programmes (e.g., ATU’s iHubs, Platform 94, Scale-X accelerator, BioInnovate, Bioexcel), research centres (e.g., CÚRAM), technology gateways (e.g., MET). These specialised organisations have the potential to become transformative agents within regional entrepreneurial ecosystems, having the ability to foster innovation, collaborations, market access, and knowledge exchange. However, despite this potential, these organisations often operate in isolation, lacking coordination and alignment. This fragmentation hinders the emergence of a cohesive regional innovation system. Particularly in geographically dispersed regions like the NWR, where infrastructure challenges can deter collaboration and the exchange of information, digital leadership, and specialised tools can enhance connectivity, collaboration and alignment among various stakeholders. This research project aims to explore the role and impact of these specialised organisations in leading, orchestrating, shaping, and developing the MedTech entrepreneurial ecosystems in the NWR, with a focus on digital innovation.The research project aims to:

  • conduct a comprehensive assessment of the region’s MedTech entrepreneurship landscape to identify current strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities.
  • map the existing entrepreneurship incubators and accelerators, research centres, technology gateways, entrepreneurship programmes, etc., in the region.
  • explore the potential of digital solutions to encourage networking, collaboration, knowledge sharing, mentorship and partnerships across the various stakeholders of the ecosystem.
  • formulate policy recommendations to create a strong (digital) infrastructure that supports a truly collaborative innovation corridor, allowing the MedTech sector in the NWR to maintain its competitive edge.

Requirements/QualificationsA minimum of 2.1 honours degree (Level 8) in a relevant discipline.Project Duration:48 months (PhD)Preferred Location:ATU Galway, Galway City campusApplications:Application Form / Terms of Conditions can be obtained on the website:The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, (GMT) Monday 29th April, 2024.Only selected applicants will be called for an online interview (shortlisting may apply).RequirementsResearch Field Other Education Level Bachelor Degree or equivalentSkills/QualificationsA minimum of 2.1 honours degree (Level 8) in a relevant discipline.Languages ENGLISH Level GoodAdditional InformationWork Location(s)Number of offers available 1 Company/Institute Atlantic Technological University Country Ireland City ATU Galway Campus GeofieldWhere to apply WebsiteContact CityGalway WebsiteStreetATLANTIC TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY E-Mail[email protected]STATUS: EXPIRED

Expected salary

€22000 per year



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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 07:30:29 GMT

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