School of Physics & Astronomy

Marie Curie Initial Training Networks

Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) offer early-stage researchers the opportunity to improve their research skills, join established research teams and enhance their career prospects. We are members of three networks detailed below.

  • ACRITAS Actuation and Characterisation at the Single Bond Limit 

    The scientific theme at the core of the ACRITAS training programme - measurement and manipulation at the single bond limit using scanning probe microscopes - represents an intensely exciting area of state-of-the-art scientific research. ACRITAS brings together previously distinct communities of scanning probe microscopists and theorists (in the physical and life sciences) to provide integrated training for young researchers, enabling them to develop the next generation of scanning probe methods in nanoscience (both within academia and in industry).


  • HiMR Ultra-High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging 

    The primary aim of the Ultra High field Magnetic Resonance (HiMR ) Initial Training Network (ITN) is to train the future leaders of academic and industrial research in the fundamental science and novel applications of ultra-high field in vivo magnetic resonance.
  • Promis Postgraduate Research on Dilute Metamorphic Nanostructures and Metamaterials in Semiconductor Photonics

    Photonics, nanotechnology, advanced materials, and advanced manufacturing technologies have been identified as key enabling technologies for a diverse range of application areas and today the photonics global market alone is around €300 billion. PROMIS (Postgraduate Research on on Dilute Metamorphic Nanostructures and Metamaterials in Semiconductor Photonics) is an Initial Training Network funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which aims to train the next generation of photonics researchers in the full range of skills required for a multi-disciplinary, industry-focused career in photonics.

    The PROMIS network brings together a carefully-chosen, well-balanced consortium of 8 academic partners, 2 industry partners and 9 associated partners, with European and worldwide reputations as leaders in their fields. The network will train a cohort of 15 early stage researchers the full range of skills required for a career in photonics, including materials growth, device fabrication, characterisation, design, theory, and commercialisation.

    These skills will be applied in developing advanced photonic materials and devices for four application areas: Information and Communications, Security, Energy and Environment. Each researcher will experience both academic and commercial environments thanks to the strong industrial involvement, resulting in multi-skilled, industry-focused graduates. See the Project Overview page for more. This website will continue to be updated with new information, so please check back regularly.

    The network funds 16 PhD positions, with the prestige and attractive financial package that comes with being a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow.

  • QTea Quantum sensor technologies and applications  

    This training network focuses on the development of modern quantum sensors based on precision measurements of inertial forces, electro-magnetic fields, and time. Important ideas and major contributions to current research in this field have originated from atomic physics and quantum optics. The topics covered are gravitational probing, rotational sensing, field probes, and atomic clocks, with potential future applications ranging from fundamental science to geological exploration, navigation and medical diagnostics.


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