I studied Physics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Milano, Italy), where I earned a bachelor’s degree followed by a master’s degree. Both of them consisted mainly of solid state physics classes, with a particular focus on semiconductors (for electronics and photonics application) and magnetic nanostructures. My first experience in research was at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble, France), where I spent 10 months working as a trainee for my master thesis project.
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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.
Start date: September/October 2017
Deadline Date for Applications: open until a suitable candidate is found
Start date: October 2017
Deadline Date for Applications: Tuesday19 September 2017
Diamond are seeking external collaborators for studentships to propose new PhD projects starting in Autumn 2018.
Proposals must be completed in partnership between an internal Diamond supervisor and an external partner. For partners who have collaborated in the past, the process is now significantly different. Please see the guidance documents for further information.
Call for proposals 2018 - Now Closed
2018 cohort timeline
|Friday 6th October 2017||Call for PhD Studentship proposals closed 5pm (BST)|
|Late October 2017||Studentship proposals longlisted|
|1st, 3rd, 10th, 17th November 2017||Review panel interviews with Diamond supervisors|
|Early December 2017||Successful studentships advertised on Diamond website|
|September/October 2018||New PhD candidates start|
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