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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As a major UK science facility, Diamond offers exciting prospects for PhD students across a wide variety of scientific and technical areas.
The majority of Diamond-funded students involve collaboration with UK universities and are supported by a 50% contribution towards university fees, student stipend and certain travel, subsistence and accommodation costs and a 50% contribution from the university.
Students are given the opportunity to undertake a research project and submit a thesis for examination in accordance with the University’s regulations governing their PhD programme and the research is intended to lead to academic publications and to further the student’s career. Studentship projects are extremely varied, but are all similar in the sense that they are pushing the boundaries of what is possible on Diamond’s beamlines.
Currently Diamond has around 80 PhD students in collaboration with universities, with more than 30 students having already completed their PhDs.
Diamond are now seeking external collaborators for studentships to propose new PhD projects starting in Autumn 2019.
Further details, including the 2019 Call Document, the 2019 Proposal Form(s) and Diamond's Standard Studentship Agreement can be found here.
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.
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|
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