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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What is your research background?
Before I started my PhD, I had studied physics and electronic engineering, with an emphasis on semiconductor devices such as detectors. I’d done a combined degree because although I was interested in physics, I also enjoyed the more hands-on aspect of working with electronics.
What was your PhD project at Diamond?
I worked with the detector group at Diamond to build and test prototype detectors for their beamlines. I was based at Glasgow university and a key component of the detectors was produced in Barcelona, so I was working with a few different groups of people – doing computer simulations of the detectors to help the Barcelona group refine their design, putting together a working system at the university, then coming to Diamond to do tests.
What have you gone on to do after your studentship?
Since my studentship I’ve been working at a research institute in Germany (DESY). On site, they also have a synchrotron like Diamond Light Source. I’ve been working to build detectors for experiments here, and supporting our beamline scientists and the users who visit us.
Would you recommend a Diamond studentship to others?
Yes, I would. I found that Diamond was an interesting environment to work in; since there is such a wide range of beamlines and users, you can get involved in a lot of different areas of science, with plenty of hands-on work. I also enjoyed working with the people in the detector group, including some very hectic times doing experiments on the beamlines!
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