PhD Opportunities

The Cockcroft Institute is the UK’s largest educator of accelerator science and technology PhD students, and offer exciting studentships in both physics and engineering. We currently have around 70 PhD students studying at the Cockcroft Institute, although around a half of these are based at collaborating international accelerator laboratories worldwide, including CERN. Students will spend 3 years working on a specialised project in the field of accelerator science and technology. Hands on experience is also available for our students on the four accelerators based at Daresbury Laboratories (ALICE, EMMA, VELA and CLARA) and all students will attend a two year accelerator science postgraduate lecture programme on Monday mornings. Students will be registered at one of the three partner universities within Cockcroft (Manchester, Liverpool, or Lancaster) but may also be supervised by staff at the Accelerator science and technology centre (ASTeC).

If you are interested in working on some of the world’s most exciting physics and engineering projects at the cutting edge of science and technology then a PhD at the Cockcroft Institute might be right for you. We normally have around 10 fully funded PhD studentships per year, including a stipend. Any prospective students should fill in the application form and apply via the procedure outlined here, Application Form (docx)

Applications for 2017 projects are now open. See project link below for details and individual project deadlines. Some projects open with an application deadline of 28th April 2017

Prospective students should apply by forwarding a CV and supporting materials to: Liz Kennedy

Current PhD subjects include; beam optics simulations, radio frequency engineering, mathematical physics, laser-plasma interactions, THz generation, anti-matter, photonics and metamaterials, surface science, beam diagnostics, superconductivity and accelerator commissioning. We have students working on accelerators all over the world including Switzerland, Germany, France, America and Japan. Students will work on accelerators for a range of applications including high energy physics, synchrotron light sources, spallation sources, accelerator-driven sub-critical reactors, medical accelerators (inc. proton therapy), or security screening accelerators.

For details on specific project please see – Projects

If you have any questions please email Dr Graeme Burt