The Marie S.Curie COFUND-MULTIPLY Project

Post-doctoral Fellowships in Photonics and Applications


This project received €3m funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to provide interdisciplinary training for over 50 outstanding young researchers across photonics science, technology and applications.

Photonics research is powering some of the most significant technological advances today, and rapid growth in the field has resulted in tremendous pent-up demand for multidisciplinary photonic experts. 

To meet this demand, the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies established and coordinated the €6m MULTIPLY programme equally co-funded by EU Horizon 2020 programme and partners. A five-year MULTIPLY programme represents a consortium of over 60 internationally leading academic partners from all over the world, including Europe, USA, China, Australia, Russia, Mexico, and many more. 

Over the duration of the programme, MULTIPLY is designed to equip academics with transferable and complementary interdisciplinary skills, research knowledge, and the industrial experience they need to push forward the frontiers of photonic technologies. 

Research Themes

Themes covered in the MULTIPLY programme include: 

  • Optical communications 

  • Laser Technology 

  • Biomedical photonics 

  • Sensors and sensing technologies 

  • Nano and integrated photonics 

  • Emerging photonics applications. 

Our Researchers

Advances in photonics, whether in the form of new communications networks or healthcare applications, depend on researchers having the transferrable research experience and skills they need. 

Development Opportunities

Whatever their specialism, fellows enjoy full access to a range of courses and training through the MULTIPLY Research and Training Framework. 

This holistic framework represents an all-in-one academic mentorship system that helps fellows to develop their own Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP). Tailored to their individual needs and career moves, it fosters a range of transferable and complementary scientific skills via individual training schemes and programme-wide training activities. 

These activities include workshops, summer schools, and flexible subject-focused training events that focus on our primary areas of research, helping to provide fellows with training and transferable skills not ordinarily available to each individual fellow. 

Building Connections

In partnership with our international network of research partners, eligible fellows can be hosted abroad to receive postdoctoral training, mentored career development opportunities, access to cutting edge facilities and fast-paced innovation activities. 

A full list of our partner organisations is available here