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The European Commission has announced that it will support the new MoSaiQC Innovative Training Network for quantum clocks. The new network will be coordinated by prof. Florian Schreck at the University of Amsterdam. It consists of 10 partners from industry and academia. The grant of 4.1 million euros will be used to hire 15 PhD students over a period of 4 years.

Superradiant laser
Schematic drawing of a superradiant optical clock, one of the new technologies that will be developed as part of the MoSaiQC Training Network.

The goal of the Innovative Training Networks, of which 128 have been funded in this round of applications, is to contribute to the increase of the overall quality and innovation of doctoral training in Europe and beyond. The funding of the networks is part of the EC’s broader Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Programme for the training of excellent researchers at all stages of their careers, while encouraging transnational, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.

The MoSaiQC network – short for ‘Modular Systems for Advanced Integrated Quantum Clocks’ – aims to kick-start a competitive European industry for optical quantum clocks and to strengthen and accelerate the pipeline of clock development. These clocks, making use of modern quantum technology, will be ultra-precise and have many applications in science, technology and society – think of e.g. synchronizing ultra-fast telecommunication networks. For most applications transportable, simple to use, affordable optical clocks are needed. The research of the PhD students that will be hired in the MoSaiQC programme will be aimed towards these goals.

The MoSaiQC network will have close ties to the existing iqClock consortium, with similar goals and also coordinated by prof. Florian Schreck at the University of Amsterdam. On the academic side, the Network further consists of the University of Birmingham, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, the University of Copenhagen, the TU Wien and the University of Innsbruck. The industry partners in the network are Teledyne e2v (UK), Toptica (Germany), NKT Photonics (Denmark) and British Telecom.

Further information

Further information on MoSaiQC, including up-to-date job postings for all partner institutes, can be found at www.mosaiqc.eu. The website for the iqClock project is www.iqclock.eu. The announcement for the PhD positions at the University of Amsterdam can also be found here.