Application for 2023 summer placements are now closed. Applications for 2024 summer placements will open in early December 2023.
Our Summer Placement programme
The 12 week ‘Summer Placement’ scheme allows undergraduate students studying for a degree in Science, Engineering, Computing or Mathematics (and who expect to gain a first or upper-second class honours degree) to gain experience working in a number of different teams at Diamond.
These 12 week placements are paid positions and will provide successful students with an opportunity to work on a research or development project. They are available to students who are registered as undergraduate students at the time of the placements – typically during the summer of their penultimate year.
You will work on your own project during the summer by collaborating with your group and staff all across the organisation along with the support from your supervisor/s. Diamond has an excellent track record for helping students execute work which is valued not only by Diamond staff but also our User community. We have also welcomed previous summer placement students back to Diamond as they work and study towards one of our competitive joint PhD studentships, which shows how impactful our placements can be.
In addition to working on your own project, you will also have the opportunity to get involved with other areas of work at Diamond to gain a wider view of the full range of what our facility does. You will be encouraged to learn about research teams based at Diamond and other facilities on-site at the Harwell Campus, and to participate in public engagement events, and in communicating science to a wider audience.
You can apply for up to three projects and can read about each of the available projects on our Summer Placement page to make your selection.
Please note: These placements require you to be on-site at Diamond for the duration.
When I look back on this summer, I know it will always be one of my favourites. From studying Chemistry that excites me and hearing about research on topics I'd never even conceived of to meeting the loveliest people, my 12 weeks at Diamond have been incredible.
- Srija, 2022 Summer Placement
It was my best summer so far. I met great people, explored Oxfordshire, built a software package I can show to future employers, and got paid to do it.
- Aurys Silinga, 2021 Summer Placement
Our Summer Placements are paid at a rate in excess of £20,283 on a pro-rata basis. Training and experience are also provided in the following areas:
Placements will commence on 26 June 2023 until 15 September 2023.
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