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Demonstrating and using two-dimensional cryo-microspectroscopy on individual colloidal quantum dots, fluorophores, and biomolecules

Project Description

Cardiff University is looking for an Early Stage Researcher within the School of Physics and Astronomy for the collaborative research project MUSIQ in the frame of the EU Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 “MUSIQ: Multiphoton Microscopy and Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Imaging meets Quantum” European Training Network (ETN).

The objective of the project is to demonstrate and use two-dimensional cryo-microspectroscopy on individual colloidal quantum dots, fluorophores, and biomolecules (including model light-harvesting systems). The successful candidate will be trained to work with a unique measurement technique available in the research team at Cardiff. It implements femtosecond two-dimensional four-wave-mixing featuring heterodyne spectral interferometry, allowing for cryogenic sample temperatures down to 4 K. The technique has been developed and applied for experiments on epitaxial quantum dots and photonic cavity structures, towards applications in quantum information processing. This project will explore the applicability of this advanced method to biologically relevant single quantum systems. This study is important as a framework for understanding and quantifying the importance of quantum coherence effects in biological function, as well as for applications in novel bioimaging and sensing strategies.

Specific to MUSIQ, in addition to their individual scientific projects, all ESRs will benefit from further continuing education through a dedicated training program in the various fields of expertise of the consortium partners, which includes secondments, a variety of training modules, transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops, conferences and outreach activities.

As part of the position, the successful candidate will be enrolled as a staff candidate for a PhD at Cardiff University.

The full project description and funding details are available on Cardiff University’s jobs page, which is where you can apply for this opportunity.

Funding Notes

This is a full-time position (35 hours per week), fixed-term for 3 years and is available with flexible start date 1 June 2019 to 1 October 2019.
It is anticipated the basic annual salary will be in the region of £37,258 per annum, exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment. In addition to basic salary, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher positions also attract mobility and family allowances, dependent on individual circumstances.
There are strict eligibility requirements for the ESR PhD positions. Please ensure that you qualify before applying, as ineligible candidates cannot be considered.

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