A Graduate Education Program at DESY in Cooperation with Universität Hamburg
Name: Florian Christie
PIER research field: Accelerators
Research topic of PhD project: Generation of ultra-short electron bunches and fel pulses, and characterization of their longitudinal properties at FLASH2
Research group of PhD project: Accelerator Physics group
Supervisor/s of thesis: Dr. Mathias Vogt, Dr. Juliane Rönsch-Schulenburg, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hiller, Prof. Dr. Wilfried Wurth
Dissertation completed: 2019
Current job: Postdoc at the DESY FLASH group continuing my thesis work
Benefits from PIER for my career (Cooperation of DESY and Universität Hamburg): I took a lot of soft skill courses during my PhD time such as Academic Writing and Python courses. Especially the Academic Writing course helped me a lot to write my thesis. I enjoyed a lot of social events sponsored by PIER, such as the PIER graduate week, social hours and BBQs, where I got to meet a lot of amazing people. Additionally, PIER supported me financially to attend the International Particle Accelerator Conference 2018 in Vancouver.
My personal advice for all PhD students: Try to broaden your horizon as much as possible and don’t just focus on your thesis work. Take enough breaks, do not work too much and have something to balance your life like sports. Ask for advice, if you are stuck. My professor always told me: If you are stuck with a problem and cannot solve it after three hours, look for someone to help you with that problem.