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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2020 Cohort Timeline
|Wednesday 25 September 2019||Call for PhD Studentship proposals closed 1700hrs (BST)|
|Mid October 2019||Studentship proposals longlisted|
|4, 11 and 25 November 2019||Review panel interviews with Diamond supervisors|
|Mid December 2019||Successful Studentships advertised on Diamond website|
|September/October 2020||New PhD candidates start|
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.
We particularly welcome join applications to Diamond and ISIS and expect to fund up to four joint Diamond/ISIS Studentships for those joint applications which meet the application criteria.
The Diamond 2020 call for PhD proposals has now closed.
Studentship projects will be advertised from mid-December 2019
Diamond will contribute an amount of up to £51,184.00 for each approved Studentship in the 2020/2021 cohort. This contribution will be made up as follows:
Two-party proposal: For Studentships between Diamond (with 50% contribution) and a Research Organisation (with 50% contribution).
Multi-party proposal: For Studentships between Diamond (typically with 25% contribution) and multiple Research Organisations.
Joint Diamond/ISIS proposals: assume standard multi-party contribution.
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 (2020/21)||£8,623||£17,246|
|Year 2 (2021/22)||£8,737||£17,474|
|Year 3 (2022/23)||£8,853||£17,706|
|Year 4 (2023/24)||£8,971||£17,942|
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