Diamond Light Source PhD Studentships

There will be up to two opportunities for PhD positions through the Central Facilities on the Harwell Campus and the UK Catalysis Hub. In each case half the funding will generously be provided by the facilities.

  • Diamond Light Source – up to two studentships

The allocation of these awards will be made by Central Facilities and the UK Catalysis Hub Management Group. 

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 16th September 2020, at 1700 (BST). The online proposal form and further details about the Diamond Doctoral Studentship scheme will be available on these webpages. 

The project should involve the best use of the world class facilities at Diamond Light Source and catalysis.).  

The Projects must focus on the

  • Development of facility capabilities or the utilisation of capabilities. They must focus on facility-development in Synchrotrons, which may include technique, software or sample environment development which is of wider use within the facility beyond the immediate PhD student project. Purely scientific projects or those with weak development aspects will be rejected.
  • Catalysis and be¬†based around the themes of the UK Catalysis Hub¬†
    РOptimising, predicting and designing new Catalysts 
    – Catalysis at the water and energy nexus
    – Catalysis for circular economy and sustainable manufacturing

Please note it is required that:

  • The completed application form, together with a 2-page project description of the studentship science project and facility development component, letters of support and proof of co-funding. 
  • The project would be focused on the relevant facility and catalysis. 
  • The PhD student would be based at Harwell, and be involved with the UK Catalysis Hub and facilities attending conferences, inductions and project meetings. 
  • The Student will have named Co-supervisor from the relevant facility who has been involved in the development of the proposal.  This co-supervisor must be a full and equal participant in the project alongside the university supervisor and play a full and equal role in the studentship project and supervision, including the interviewing of potential candidates. 
  • Once the successful proposals have been awarded the successful applicants will find a candidate and arrange contracts for the project through their university with the relevant facility (DLS, ISIS or CLF) directly. 
  • On the application form: Please select catalysis hub as a partner this is at the bottom of section 2.2 of the online proposal form ‚ÄúIs the proposal affiliated with any Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), Doctoral Training Program (DTP), or other specific scheme?  Please select one of Diamond’s schemes or provide more details in “other”.‚ÄĚ – Answer ‘Yes’ & option for UK Catalysis Hub will appear.

All applications must be completed and submitted via the correct method by Wednesday 16th September 2020, at 1700 (BST).

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