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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1. Diamond Light Source Ltd of Diamond House, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0DE (“Diamond”) shall be awarding a prize to a nominated researcher who has attended beamtime at Diamond during the course of their doctoral project and is either:
1.1. Currently a doctoral student; or
1.2. Has completed their doctoral project no more than one year prior to the closing date for nominations.
2. Nominated researchers must have made a significant and demonstrable contribution to the research area in question during the course of their doctoral project, or delivered a significant outcome as a result of their work such as (but not limited to) a published paper, the development of a new piece of equipment and/or refinement of a technique/methodology.
3. The competition is free to enter and nominations can be submitted online via the Diamond website. Nominees cannot be self-nominated and must be nominated by a person who has a direct working relationship with the nominee (e.g. as a supervisor, colleague or collaborator). The following information must also be provided by the nominator:
3.1. The nominator’s name, contact details, and details of his/her working relationship with the nominee;
3.2. The nominee’s name and contact details;
3.3. A list of relevant publications and/or intellectual property and/or equipment (or similar) generated and/or developed and which is to be considered by the judging panel;
3.4. A supporting statement addressing the selection criteria, with particular reference to the use of synchrotron radiation in the nominee’s project; and
3.5. An up-to-date CV for the nominee.
4. The opening date for nominations is 14 November 2016. The closing time and date for nominations is 17:00 on 17 March 2017. Nominations received after the closing date and time will not be considered.
5. By submitting a nomination, the nominator confirms that the nomination is made in good faith, he/she confirms that the nominee has consented to sharing the information contained in clause 3 and he/she confirms that to the best of his/her knowledge the information submitted is true and accurate.
6. Diamond will contact each nominee to confirm his/her nomination and to draw his/her attention to these terms and conditions. In the event that the nominee elects to participate in the competition, he/she will be bound by these terms and conditions.
7. Entries will be judged against the following criteria:
7.1. Originality of research in the particular field of science;
7.2. Impact of research in the particular field of science;
7.3. Quality of publications and/or intellectual property developed;
7.4. Diamond beamline/facility use;
7.5. Professional standing; and
7.6. Collaborations and teamwork.
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9. In electing to participate in the competition, the nominee confirms that he/she is eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize that he/she may win.
10. Nominees will be shortlisted by the relevant Diamond village coordinators, and then forwarded to the judging panel. Prize winner(s) will be selected by a judging panel appointed by Diamond in March 2017 and an announcement to the scientific community will follow in April 2017.
11. Prize winner(s) will be notified by email in April 2017 and must provide a postal address and bank account details in order to claim their prize. If Prize winner(s) do not respond to Diamond within 7 days of being notified by Diamond, then that person’s prize may be forfeited and Diamond will be entitled to select another prize winner. Unsuccessful nominees will not be notified.
12. Prize winner(s) will be invited to give a presentation about their doctoral project at a Diamond scientific meeting or as part of another public event, and will also receive a cash prize in the amount of £500.00. The cash prize will be transferred to the prize winner(s) within 30 days of receipt of the their bank account details. Prizes are non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no alternative is offered. Prize winner(s) shall be responsible for any tax implications associated with the cash prize.
13. Entirely at the discretion of the judging panel, and subject to prior approval by Diamond’s Science Directors, runner-up prizes of up to £300.00 may be awarded. The cash for the runner-up prize will be transferred to runners-up within 30 days of receipt of the their bank account details. The prize for the runner-up is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no alternative is offered. The runner-up shall be responsible for any tax implications associated with the cash prize.
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18. Diamond reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the competition where it becomes necessary to do so.
19. Diamond reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of this competition without notice.
20. Diamond’s liability for any loss or damage arising out of this competition or occurring as a result of the prize winners taking up a prize shall be limited to an amount of £500.00. No person’s statutory rights shall be affected by this provision.
21. Personal data supplied by a nominator and/or nominee during the course of the competition may be used for the administration and management of the competition and to notify the nominator and/or the nominee about services offered by Diamond, including workshops, announcements and newsletters. Personal data may be passed on to third parties in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998 and as may be required for fulfilment/delivery/arrangement of the prize or for any other reasonable and related competition purpose. Prize winner(s) may be required to participate in publicity related to the competition which may include the publication of his/her name and photograph in any media.
22. The competition will be governed by English law, with parties submitting to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
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