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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) (With Dr Peter Watson)

Cardiff University - Cardiff School of Biosciences

Cardiff University is looking for an Early Stage Researcher within the Division of Molecular Biosciences 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).

MUSIQ ( is an innovative ETN with the unique vision of developing the next-generation optical microscopy exploiting quantum coherent nonlinear phenomena. Through 15 ESR research projects, MUSIQ will establish an intersectoral training and research programme at the physics/chemistry/life science interface with partners from 9 European countries. MUSIQ ESRs will enrol on PhD degree programmes and be employed for 36 months in a beneficiary organisation. The consortium brings together a unique team of world-leading academic groups and industry, at the forefront of optical microscopy technology developments merged with fundamental understanding of ultrafast coherent light-matter interaction phenomena, development of quantitative image analysis tools, and biomedical/pharmaceutical real-world applications. MUSIQ aims at creating the next generation of skilled well-connected scientists that will pioneer the ‘quantum microscopes of tomorrow’.
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. 
Conditions of eligibility of researchers: ETNs recruit a specific type of researcher. Successful candidates:
• MUST at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. ‘Date of Recruitment’ means the first day of the employment of the researcher (i.e. contract starting date). ‘Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience’ is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctoral degree programme.

• MUST NOT have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.
English language: It is a requirement that applicants will show that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficient for them to derive the full benefit from the network training, and to embark on a doctorate at a UK University.
Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community, reflecting the consortium’s commitment to equality and diversity. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Employment procedures and contracts will conform to the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
This is a full-time position (35 hours per week), fixed-term for 3 years, with a flexible start date between 1st June 2019 to 1st October 2019
For informal enquiries please contact Dr Peter Watson

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.
See below for full job description and person specification
. Applicants must confirm and be prepared to provide evidence that they meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Eligibility criteria as specified above.
As well as applying to the local institution, please send your CV with a Cover Letter to the Consortium Coordinator email: In the Cover Letter please indicate for which project you are applying and provide a brief motivation as to why you wish to become an ESR within MUSIQ. Please be aware that your CV may be shared with the named beneficiaries within the consortium, as part of the application review process, to ensure an open, transparent and merit based recruitment. To read the full MUSIQ Data Privacy Notice, please see
Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.
Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cardiff
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £37,258 per annum, exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th March 2019
Closes: 2nd May 2019
Reference: 8336BR
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