XFEL Physical Sciences Hub – Jointly funded PhD Call 2021
09 Aug 2021



The XFEL Physical Sciences Hub call for proposals for a second cohort of PhD studentships is now closed


In 2020 The Physical Sciences Hub jointly funded 7 PhD studentships at 6 UK universities, supporting a diverse range of experimental and theoretical projects in XFEL-based science. By funding these PhD projects the Hub aims to further grow and support the UK academic community wishing to access cutting-edge facilities such as the European XFEL.

Each PhD studentship would be up to 4 years and would commence in October 2022, but could start earlier if required. The PhD studentship can be in any scientific of technical area provided it aligns with the remit of the Hub to support the Physical Sciences community in performing XFEL-based science. Topics could include experimental and theoretical science, or technical development in areas such as sample preparation, detectors or software. The Hub will fully fund 2 years of the studentship including a limited contribution towards T&S and consumables.

A small number of projects may be eligible to be  jointly funded by the XFEL Physical Sciences Hub and Diamond (as well as the host institution), should the project have relevance to the development of Diamond as well as XFEL Science. To be eligible for this form of joint funding additional eligibility criteria may apply. You will need to speak to a potential Diamond co-supervisor as part of your submission in this case. Please contact James Green for more details.

To Apply please email James Green ​(james.green@stfc.ac.uk) with a proposed title of the PhD project and a short proposal summary.

The deadline for proposals was 22nd September 2021. All proposals will be reviewed by the XFEL Physical Science Hub's oversight committee to assess suitability.​

Contact: Green, James (STFC,RAL,CLF)