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PhD Studentship: Optimization of Cryogenic Systems for next Generation X ray Optics for Diamond II

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Qualification type: PhD Ref: 2AL-20-001
Location: Lincoln (studentship will involve time spent at the synchrotron building at the Diamond Light Source)
Funding for: Home/EU
Funding amount: Tuition fees and a stipend of £16,998, rising to £17,684 in year 4
Hours: Full Time
Closes: 30/06/20 Start date: 01/10/20

Duration: 4 years
Number of studentships: 1

Diamond is about to upgrade to Diamond II, where the X-ray power is going to increase by a factor of two and the focal size and shape of the beam is to become more focused and symmetrical. This will require a rethinking of how the optics are cooled in order to i) cope with the higher heat loads and ii) ensure the projected levels of brilliance predicted for the new light source are achieved. The Student will be tasked with meeting this challenge and optimizing the usage of LN2 needed to achieve Diamond’s goal. There is also a level of ultra-precision to be considered (for reference, a monochromator optic is required to keep its radius of curvature to greater than 50 km).

This project will focus on:
i. Efficiency and environment: How can LN2 usage be monitored and optimised to cool and maintain the optics at operational temperature.
ii. Materials: Can we use materials that respond more to the cooling effect or optical materials that don’t need to be so cold.
iii. Design: New methodologies for how technology achieves cryogenic temperatures.

Eligibility criteria

Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)
For international students only (non-EU): to study at University of Lincoln you must hold a valid visa which entitles you to study at the University.

Academic criteria

The successful candidate should have, or expect to obtain, an undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in engineering, physics or related subject area.

English language requirements

IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6.0 with no part of the test scored below 5.5 (or equivalent)

How to apply

To apply for this studentship please email your CV (maximum 2 pages), a personal statement outlining explaining how your qualifications and experience meet the requirements (500 words) and contact details of two referees to , quoting the following reference: 2AL-20-001.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted directly to arrange for an interview.

The closing date for applications is 30th June 2020.

Further information: Informal enquiries to be made to: Dr Jonathan Griffiths:

Funding Notes

The PhD is due to start on 01/10/2020. It is a 4 year, fully funded studentship. Funding contributions are: Diamond Light Source, 50% University of Lincoln, 50%. Home/EU fees are covered by the studentship. The annual stipend starts at £16,998 and increases year on year to £17,684 in year 4.

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