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Call for secondees

OPEN is a patient-led research project inspired by a growing movement of people living with diabetes (PwD) who are co-creating their own artificial pancreas systems through open-source collaboration.

Our international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral research group collaborates through a series of staff exchanges between the following organizations:

  • Insight Centre for Data Analytics, UCD
  • Steno Diabetes Clinic, Copenhagen
  • Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
  • Dedoc Labs, Berlin 


Information on EU H2020 RISE Programme

The RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) scheme is part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. It aims to promote international and cross-sectoral collaboration through exchanging research and innovation staff, and sharing knowledge and ideas from research to market.

We are looking for Early Stage Researchers (ESR) and Experienced Researchers (ER) who are currently employed or studying at University College Dublin to undertake secondments ranging from 1 month to 12 months in Berlin and Copenhagen.


Participating researchers must be:
  • A member of staff at one of the participating organizations or enrolled as a Master’s or Ph.D. student
  • Willing to spend at least 30 days on secondment at one of our partner organizations. (note: these 30 days can be split into a series of smaller stays over the lifetime of the project)
  • Fluent in English language


What we offer:
  • Generously funded positions (€2100 per month for travel and subsistence)
  •  Research training in both academic and industry settings.
  •  A dynamic, fun work environment with a highly motivated and enthusiastic research team
  •  An opportunity to use your research skills to make a profound difference to the lives of people with type 1 diabetes



The objective of OPEN is to build an empirical evidence base surrounding the effectiveness and potential for scale-up of DIYAPS solutions.

The 5 scientific work packages of OPEN include: 

WP1: Clinical Evaluation 
WP2: Patient-Reported Outcomes 
WP3: Technical Development 
WP4: Barriers to Scale-up
WP5: Dissemination of the Results


Potential topics for researchers could include (but are not limited to):
  • Assessing clinical and other outcomes based on various subpopulations (including gender, age, educational background, lifestyle, tech choices, etc)
  • Assessing QOL, psychosocial impact, & costs of DIYAPS
  • Assessing the technical impact of DIYAPS features with regards to specific genders, age groups, or life cycle stages (such as puberty or pregnancy) and opportunities for improvements
  • Assessing lifestyle choices (including mealtime dosing strategies and use of different DIYAPS advanced features) and real-world impacts (such as sick days) on DIYAPS usage
  • Assessing barriers and impacts of DIYAPS across relationships (family, with HCP, etc)
We are looking for expertise in a broad range of areas, such as:
  • Data analytics & data science
  • Developers/programmers/computer science
  • Clinicians (e.g. endocrinologists, pediatricians and gynecologists with interest in diabetes, other HCPs with a focus on T1D & tech)
  • Psychologists & social scientists
  • UX designers
  • Health economists
  • Project and/or in-person event management

For more information on taking part (including eligibility requirements), please contact the OPEN team at with a short CV and cover letter