Nimbus Centre, CIT and SFI CONFIRM Launch of Female PhD Scholarship

Nimbus Centre, CIT and SFI CONFIRM Launch of Female PhD Scholarship

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Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Smart Manufacturing (CONFIRM) have launched an initiative to promote Women in Technology

  • Are you a female graduate in computer science, engineering or cognate discipline looking to pursue a PhD?
  • Do you want to make a real contribution in the area of energy efficient manufacturing systems and sustainability that will benefit all members of society?
  • Do you want to work in partnership with the prestigious SFI Centre Confirm?

Huge shortages in female graduates with the necessary skills for the digital-age economy, has led to a big push from industry worldwide to attract more female students to pursue a career in this area. The Nimbus Research Centre at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) are offering an innovative PhD scholarship in partnership with the SFI Centre for Smart Manufacturing (Confirm) specifically designed to prepare you for senior technical leadership roles.

One of the primary goals of Confirm is to train the next generation of doctoral graduates in the field of smart manufacturing covering key research topics such as data analytics, modelling & simulation, material processing, networking systems & IoT, product & process modelling, robotics & control, sensors and software systems.

Industry is actively playing a lead role in reducing our impact on the environment through the realisation of sustainable manufacturing, where energy efficiency plays a vital role in addressing this key societal challenge. The female PhD student will have the opportunity to work on a project that investigates the application of cyber-physical systems and digital twin in the context of energy efficient manufacturing by combining technologies such as Industry4.0, edge computing, real-time monitoring, digital twin, distributed learning and predictive analytics with the aim of making a significant contribution in the area of smart and energy aware manufacturing systems.

In addition to the scholarship providing financial assistance, a collaborative element is also a key part of this attractive initiative, giving students the opportunity to interact, learn and engage with many talented researchers across the Confirm partner institutions nationwide. This PhD scholarship will facilitate a diverse and inclusive network for mentorship and support that will enable the PhD candidate to achieve their goals and prepare them for a career in smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0.


The supervisory team for the doctoral student will include Confirm funded investigator Dr. Alan McGibney, Group lead Nimbus Research Centre at CIT, female academic mentor Dr Susan Rea, Group Lead at the Nimbus Research Centre at CIT, Dr. Kritchai Witheephanich, Electronic Engineering Department & associate investigator Confirm Centre.

For further information, please contact Dr. Alan McGibney or Dr. Susan Rea, Nimbus Centre, at,

For application please submit the following documents to Dr. Alan McGibney at

  • A motivational letter
  • C.V.
  • Proof of degree and transcripts of results
  • English Language Certificate (if required)

Application deadline is the 30th of June.