My PhD project is joint with the Diamond Light Source and the Wilson Group at the University of Bath. It is a physical chemistry project and involves method development for using single crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction (on Diamond’s I19 beamline) to image the evolution of hydrogen bonds in solid state systems, where laboratory....more
As a major UK science facility, Diamond offers exciting prospects for PhD students across a wide variety of scientific and technical areas.
The majority of Diamond-funded students involve collaboration with UK universities and are supported by a 50% contribution towards university fees, student stipend and certain travel, subsistence and accommodation costs and a 50% contribution from the university.
Students are given the opportunity to undertake a research project and submit a thesis for examination in accordance with the University’s regulations governing their PhD programme and the research is intended to lead to academic publications and to further the student’s career. Studentship projects are extremely varied, but are all similar in the sense that they are pushing the boundaries of what is possible on Diamond’s beamlines.
Currently Diamond has around 70 PhD students in collaboration with universities, with more than 30 students having already completed their PhDs.
Postgraduate Scholarship in Experimental Condensed Matter
Supervisor: Dr. S. Ramos at the University of Kent, Dr. S. Diaz-Moreno and Dr. S. Hayama at Diamond Light Source
A funded PhD position is available for research in the formation of charge-ordered phases in Mott insulating materials using high resolution X-ray absorption spectroscopy.
The aim of the project is to investigate the atomic and electronic structures of new materials that undergo Mott metal-insulator transitions and charge-ordered phases, which are frequently found in materials with strongly correlated electrons in reduced dimensions (e.g. they have been observed in high temperature superconductors) and hence important to understand the behaviour of a wide range of topical materials in condensed matter. Experimentally, it is often challenging to observe electronic order. In this project we intend to use a new experimental approach, polarisation dependent high resolution X-ray absorption spectroscopy to investigate charge order in Mott insulating materials. The candidate will be expected to perform experiments at Diamond Light Source using this technique and help with the development of both the experimental set-up and analysis methods. As a result of this work, the candidate will acquire a deep understanding of state-of-the-art X-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques and develop a greater understanding of condensed matter science. The candidate will also be trained in a diverse range of key transferable skills.
See the full University of Kent advert here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/physical-sciences/prospective/pg-research/funding.html#ramos
This is a joint University of Kent/Diamond Light Source, 3.5 year fully-funded PhD project.
Start date: September 2017
Entry requirements and Funding: The project is open to UK and EU students. Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics or a related subject. This studentship will be offered at an enhanced stipend rate (currently £16,300; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4,121 per annum).
How to Apply: To apply please go to: http://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgrad/apply/index.html .
You will need to apply through the online application form on the main University of Kent website. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references).
Deadline Date for Applications: 6 April 2017
Interviews to be held between: 24-25 April 2017
Postgraduate Studentship - Mineralisation of bone and biomimetic collagen from the atomic to the micrometre scale
Supervisors: Dr. R. Kroeger at the University of York, Dr. J. Parker at Diamond Light Source
A fully funded PhD position is available between University of York and Diamond Light Source Ltd. for research into the mineralisation of bone and biomimetic collagen. The project will involve a detailed study of the biomimetic growth of collagen/apatite composites and investigation of the collagen-mineral interface over a range of length scales from the nanoscale to microscale in both biomimetic and realistic systems.
Using a unique combination of in situ liquid cell transmission electron microscopy and X-ray spectroscopy at the University of York and Diamond Light Source this project will focus on the dynamics of the formation of hydroxyapatite in collagen – a key process in tissue mineralisation e.g. in bone or teeth. It is the current understanding that the mineral is formed via an amorphous precursor phase which infiltrates the collagen fibrils before crystallisation. In collaboration with the world-leading group of Prof. Laurie Gower (University of Florida) we will explore the imaging and spectroscopy of the crystallisation dynamics with nanometer spatial resolution in situ to quantify the transport and phase transition processes controlling the formation of hydroxyapatite/collagen composites.
See the full University of York advert for further details and information on how to apply: https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=84079&LID=1605
This is a joint University of York/Diamond Light Source, 3.5 year fully-funded PhD project.
Start date: September 2017
Entry requirements and Funding: The project is open to UK, EU and international students. Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in in Physics, Physical Chemistry or a related subject with good knowledge of electron microscopy with strong interest in the biological aspects of this project.
Deadline Date for Applications: 28th April 2017
Interviews to be held: early May 2017
Postgraduate Studentship - Structural and Mechanistic Insights into the Mechanism of Chromatin Remodelling and DNA Damage Repair by CHD ATPases
Supervisors: Dr. Erika Mancini - Reader in Biomedical Structural Biology at the School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex and Dr. Ralf Flag - Senior Beamline Scientist at Diamond Light Source Ltd.
Applications are invited for a 4 year PhD Studentship based jointly at the University of Sussex and Diamond Light Source.
Project Outline: Chromatin is a dynamic structure that shapes the spatial organization of genetic information within the nucleus to satisfy the ever-changing demands of the cellular environment. The architecture of chromatin is controlled by a bewildering multitude of regulatory factors amongst which are ATP-dependent chromatin remodellers. Using energy from ATP hydrolysis these enzymes modify the contact points between DNA and histones, thereby affecting chromatin at every level, from the spacing of nucleosomes to its overall superstructure.
The PhD project aims to provide a structural and functional description of the mechanism of remodelling of the CHD Chromatin remodelling ATPase family. Techniques employed will range from cellular biology, to understand the role of these proteins in the DNA damage repair pathway, through to biochemistry, biophysics and integrative structural biology (X-ray crystallography, SAXS, cryo-EM). The student will benefit from access to the most advanced methodology currently available to collect structural data at a Synchrotron source and to an expert environment to progress the research project efficiently. Furthermore, the nature of the samples will require the state-of-the-art facilities available at Diamond including eBIC and BioSAXS and specialised MX beamlines.
The Sussex School of Life Sciences, soon to be relocated into a new state-of-the-art landmark building, provides a multidisciplinary, stimulating and supportive environment for post-graduate students. The University of Sussex is just nine minutes by train from Brighton, one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. The city is famous for its beautiful seafront, unique shops and markets, and thriving music and art scenes. Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron and a leading scientific facility of its type in the world. Located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in South Oxfordshire, it hosts research facilities supporting cutting edge research in all fields of science. Structural biology is a key research area and is supported by several MX and life science related beamlines and world leading facilities on the campus.
See the full University of Sussex advert here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/view/758
Start date: September/October 2017
Eligibility and Funding: Ideal candidates will have a strong background in molecular biology and structural biology and a clear understanding of interest in the processes of gene expression and transcription regulation. Eligible candidates will have recently received an MSc and/or a First or high 2:1 BSc in a relevant subject. Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is open to UK/EEU nationals students only. The studentship provides UK/EU tuition fees, a stipend (£16,300 per year), funds towards travel between sites and conference attendance.
How to Apply: Submit your application using the online application system at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/applying/. Please make sure you include the project title and your statement of interest on the application form. On the application system use Programme of Study – PhD BIOCHEMISTRY.
Deadline date: 22nd April 2017. Interviews will take place by Skype or in person shortly thereafter. Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Dr Erika Mancini (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Ralf Flaig (email@example.com). For application queries, please contact Anna Izykowska: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diamond will be seeking partnership proposals, for PhD projects starting in Autumn 2018.
Please check back in September 2017.
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