Kick off Meeting MUSIQ

MUSIQ Consortium

On the 2nd of April, the MUSIQ project officially kicked-off with the first face-to-face meeting with the whole consortium. All MUSIQ Beneficiaries had the chance to meet at the coordinating Cardiff University, School of Biosciences. The project Coordinator, Prof Paola Borri gave everyone a warm welcome and started the meeting by introducing and updating all participants on the objectives of the four year project. The meeting offered an engaging platform to discuss the research that will take place as well as the recruiting strategy for the 15 open positions.

The atmosphere was full of energy and the 11 represented partners from 8 countries are excited to dive into the project. We will look forward to the collaborations and results that are going to follow within the next 48 months.

Official Project Start

The MUSIQ project officially started on 1. April and will run for the next four years under the coordination of Prof. Paola Borri from the University of Cardiff in the United Kingdom.

MUSIQ has received 3.9 million euro funding from the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union. The following scientific objectives highlight the research training goals of this project:

  • Investigate nonlinear optical phenomena originating from the intrinsic response of natural biomolecules.
  • Combine nonlinear imaging with ultrafast two-dimensional spectroscopy
  • Achieve single molecule detection and super-resolution in coherent nonlinear imaging.

MUSIQ is designed as an integrated research and training network where we will recruit 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) to work towards the central ambitious goal of developing the ‘quantum microscopes of tomorrow’.

To enhance the career perspective of the ESRs by training them in a broad range of cutting-edge scientific, technical and transferable skills, through a unique combination of projects, secondments, and tailored courses provided by world-leading academic institutions, high-tech companies and professional partners, across different European countries.

PhD Positions officially open – apply now!

The recruitment phase for the open MUSIQ PhD positions has officially started. MUSIQ is looking to recruit 15 Early Stage Researchers (ERS).

The overarching training objective of MUSIQ is to form the next generation of creative, innovative, well-connected scientists in this technologically demanding field of multiphoton microscopy technology developments. Therefore MUSIQ, implements a multidisciplinary intersectoral training and research programme at the interface between physics, chemistry and life sciences.

To enhance the career perspective of the ESRs who will be choosen by training them in a broad range of cutting-edge scientific, technical and transferable skills, through a unique combination of projects, secondments, and tailored courses.

For further details check the open positions here. Apply soon for the limmited MUSIQ PhD positions and become part of this journey.

Projects starts on 1st April 2019 – No Joke

The EU funded project MUSIQ will officially start on 1st April 2019 and aims to develope with the help of 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) the next generation optical microscopy exploitin quantum coherent nonlinear phenomena.

It trains the ESRs on a unique mixture of experimental and computational skills at the physics/chemistry/life science interface. By bringing together a unique team of 6 world-leading academic groups, at the forefront of nonlinear optical microscopy and ultrafast coherent light-matter interaction phenomena, and 6 high tech companies, to translate the results into biomedical/pharmaceutical real-world applications.

The project will run for 48 months under the coordination of Prof Paola Borri from the Cardiff University.

MUSIQ successfully evaluated

The MUSIQ proposal has been evaluated positively and will therefore receive funding under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018), more precise as an European Training Network (ETN), under grant agreement no. 812992.

MUSIQ – Multiphoton Microscopy and Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Imaging meets Quantum – is designed as an innovative and pioneering training network, with the unique vision of developing the next-generation optical microscopy exploiting quantum coherent nonlinear phenomena.

MUSIQ brings together a multidisciplinary team of physicists, optical engineers, biologists, chemists, from academia and industry, using a broad set of complementary techniques. Through their projects, secondments and collaborative exchanges, all 15 ESRs will have access to an excellent  combination of tools, technologies and expertise.

The following scientific objectives highlight the research training goals of this project:

  • Investigate nonlinear optical phenomena originating from the intrinsic response of natural biomolecules, to achieve label-free imaging and overcome artefacts from sample staining/fluorescence methods.
  • Combine nonlinear (i.e. multiphoton) imaging with ultrafast two-dimensional spectroscopy to increase specificity and unravel quantum coherences in biomolecules.
  • Achieve single molecule detection and super-resolution in coherent nonlinear imaging via a combination of approaches, including the enhancement of the light field in the vicinity of metallic (plasmonic) nanostructures.