Year in Industry placements – 2019/2020

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Diamond does a wide range of research and development activities, encompassing many subject areas, and many of the projects are interdisciplinary, meaning you will work with multiple groups during your time with us.

Explore our subject areas below to discover projects that fit within these areas of expertise. Please note that some projects may involve more than one subject area, further developing your skills while at Diamond

Your Experience at Diamond

The 12 month ‘Year in Industry’ placement scheme allows undergraduate students studying for a relevant degree to gain experience working in a number of different teams at Diamond Light Source.You will work on your own project during the year, with support from your supervisors, collaborating with your groups, and staff all across the organisation. Diamond has an excellent track record for helping students execute work which is valued by the whole Diamond community.

You will also have the opportunity to get involved with other area of work at Diamond to gain a wider view of the full range of what Diamond does. You will have the opportunity to visit 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.

In 2018 Year in Industry students went to the Bluedot Science and Music festival to represent Diamond, and students have also gone to New Scientist Live and other external events as well as the important role that Diamond performs with internal events and open days.

Training and experience is also provided in the following areas:

  • Presentation training to prepare for your final talk on your project
  • Poster Design as an important skill for the communication of science
  • Python programming
  • Public Engagement skills
  • An internal programme of seminars and talks from leading scientists
  • Tours and talks of other science facilities across the Harwell Campus

Placement students must be registered as an undergraduate for the duration of their time at Diamond and ensure that they can commit to the whole 12-month period. Placements in 2019 will be paid in excess of £18,000pa and typically start during the summer between academic year 2 and 3. Applicants should be expecting to gain a first or 2:1 honours degree. For the positions advertised, students will need to either be a UK/EEA national or hold a tier 4 Visa and have a year in industry (sandwich year) as a part of their degree.

How to Apply

 Start your ApplicationFor all subject areas, please visit our “How to Apply” page to learn more about your Year in Industry placement at Diamond. The deadline for applications is at 23:59 on Thursday 1st November. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a student recruitment day on Tuesday 20th November and Friday 23rd November 2018, where you will visit Diamond to be interviewed and find out more about our on-site activities. Please ensure you keep these dates available. If you have any questions, please email

Start: 24th June 2019

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