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Fully Funded PhD Studentships

The Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science & Technology is offering fully funded PhD Studentships in physics and engineering

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 31 May 2021
  • United Kingdom | The Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science and Technology
  • Date posted: 27 Nov 2020
  • Job type: Academic: PhD/MSc
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Optics, lasers & photonics 

The Cockcroft Institute – a collaboration between academia, national laboratories, industry and hospitals – brings together the best scientists and engineers to conceive, construct and exploit particle accelerators of all sizes; we lead the UK’s participation in flagship international facilities and experiments. We are presently offering fully funded PhD studentships to work on one of a number of exciting projects. As well as carrying out their research project, our postgraduates undertake additional training to develop the skills needed for later work in industry, research or academia.

In our combined Institute numbering more than 200 researchers that includes more than 70 postgraduate students, you will work in a vibrant community that spans fundamental science through to practical application. You will be registered with one of the four partner universities (Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester or Strathclyde), depending upon the research project. Postgraduates will spend their time at one of the partner universities, at our Institute main site at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, or at one of our collaborating laboratories such as CERN.

PhD projects in physics and engineering are currently available within the following topics for an October 2021 start:

  • Scientific Frontier Facilities: developing the methods and technologies needed for the experiments of the future, including for HL-LHC, the European Spallation Source, AWAKE, neutrino physics, and free-electron laser facilities.
  • Novel Acceleration Techniques: exploring new ways to accelerate particles using our world-leading hardware that uses laser/plasma, dielectric or terahertz methods.
  • Addressing Global Challenges: using accelerator technology to benefit society, in radiotherapy, industrial/environmental processing, or security.

More details and application forms may be found at: Queries may be made to Laura Corner: e-mail:

Prospective students should send a CV and completed application form to Janis Davidson: e-mail

PhD positions are available until filled.


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