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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Brief project description:
Diamond Light Source uses a beam of electrons circulating in a system of magnets as the source of the highly brilliant X-rays used in our experimental beamlines. The positional stability of this electron beam is paramount to the quality of X-rays. We thus monitor the beam position in many locations and provide corrections using multiple actuators. The motivation of this project is to improve the system that implements the real time, multi-input multi-output controller at the heart of this global fast orbit feedback.
This will include theoretical improvements such as using model predictive control as well as implementing the newly developed algorithm using field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and digital signal processors (DSPs).
Are you a motivated individual with good knowledge of control theory and optimisation, which the academic training provided by the Department of Engineering at Oxford University can build upon to solve the theoretical part of this project?
Do you have first experience in implementing logic in FPGAs and/or in writing DSP algorithms in C? This would be useful during the implementation phase at Diamond Light Source.
We are offering a modern, supportive and collaborative environment with strong connections to academia and world class science. We expect that the successful candidate will present the progress and outcome of this project at international conferences and in journal, articles and support will be provided to enable this.
Applications to this studentship will open in early 2018.
Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
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