PhD opportunities at the Cockcroft Institute

The Cockcroft Institute

The Cockcroft Institute for Accelerator Science and Technology is a joint venture of Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester and Strathclyde Universities, the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC), and the Science Technology Facilities Council. It is situated in a purpose-built building on the Daresbury Laboratory campus.

The Institute aims to provide the intellectual focus, the educational infrastructure, and the essential scientific and technological facilities, for scientists and engineers to take a leading role in global projects concerned with accelerator design, construction and operation.

The Cockcroft Institute at Daresbury laboratory is home to nearly one hundred academics, researchers and professional accelerator scientists and engineers studying everything from the most theoretical to the most practical aspects of particle acceleration. The laboratory is also home to the ALICE, EMMA and VELA accelerators. We currently have around 70 PhD students working with us and have a leading education programme for all our students.

Students will be placed in one of the partner universities (Lancaster, Liverpool or Manchester) in either Physics or Engineering departments, depending on the applicant’s aptitude, preference and suitability to the posts.

Fully funded PhD places are currently available at the Cockcroft Institute on topics including

  • Femtosecond x-ray diffraction with a laser-plasma wakefield betatron source
  • Intelligent magnet design
  • Ultrafast laser-driven terahertz sources for relativistic particle acceleration
  • Wakefield and impedance studies with ultra-relativistic beams on CLARA and UK FEL.

More detail on individual projects and eligibility can be found at

Applications should be made directly to the Cockcroft Institute as described on the webpage.

Queries can be sent to Dr. L. Willingale:

Prospective students should forward a CV and supporting materials to: Liz Kennedy, Email:  

Closing date for applications: 13th January, 2017.

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