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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2019 Cohort Timeline
|Monday 1st October 2018||Call for PhD Studentship proposals closed 5pm (BST)|
|Mid October 2018||Studentship proposals longlisted|
|1st, 15th, 29th November & 3rd December 2018||Review panel interviews with Diamond supervisors|
|Mid December 2018||Successful studentships advertised on Diamond website|
|September/October 2019||New PhD candidates start|
Diamond has completed accepting proposals for PhD studentships to start in Autumn 2019. The programme will continue to strengthen collaborations with partners across the UK, and bring together a cohort of exceptional students to carry out world leading research in synchrotron technology.
Diamond studentships attract an enhanced stipend, in recognition of the rural location of the facility, and also to encourage high quality candidates to apply to the programme.
Studentships will be between Diamond and Research Organistion partners (UK higher institutions and/or other approved organisations). We expect that students will spend 50% of their studentship, which will usually last between 3.5-4 years, at Diamond.
Proposals must be completed in partnership between an internal Diamond supervisor and an external collaborating Research Organisation(s) supervisor. For supervisors who have collaborated in the past (pre 2017), the process is now significantly different. Please see the guidance documents for further information.
We particularly welcome joint applications to Diamond and ISIS and expect to fund up to 4 joint Diamond/ISIS Studentships for those joint applications which meet the application criteria.
The completed 2019 Diamond Proposal Form, together with written confirmation from the Research Organisation(s) Contracts and Finance teams should be emailed to Felicity Bertram of the Student Engagement Team by 5pm (BST) on Monday 1st October 2018.
Any proposal forms submitted with missing information will not be submitted to the longlist review panel.
Two-party proposal - For Studentships between Diamond (with 50% contribution) and a Research Organisation (with 50% contribution)
Multi-party proposal - For Studentships between Diamond (with 25% contribution) and mulitiple Research Organisations.
Joint Diamond/ISIS proposals should use the multi-party proposal form.
Diamond will contribute an amount of up to £50,679.00 for each approved Studentship in the 2019/2020 cohort. This contribution will be made up as follows:
Diamond will part-fund the Student stipend, which is enhanced to attract the best students to apply. The rates of Diamond’s contribution and the resulting stipend are shown in the table below.
Collaborating Research Organisation(s) must match or exceed Diamond’s contribution to the Student stipend to ensure that the student receives an enhanced stipend.
|Year||Diamond Contribution||Total Student Stipend|
|Year 1 (2019/20)||£8,499||£16,998|
|Year 2 (2020/21)||£8,612||£17,224|
|Year 3 (2021/22)||£8,727||£17,454|
|Year 4 (2022/23)||£8,842||£17,684|
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