Call for PhD studentship applications – 2013

2013/2014 (October) intake (now closed).

Up to 10 PhD studentships are available for a prestigious 4-year postgraduate training programme within this newly established Centre for Doctoral Training, funded by the EPSRC. This is a new concept in multi-site graduate training across 4 partner universities, at the University of Strathclyde, Queens University Belfast, University of Surrey and University of Huddersfield.

PhD projects focus on the development of new types of particle accelerators and their applications in a range of areas: medical diagnosis and treatment, proton therapy, cell irradiation and modelling, energy production, security, ultrafast physics, material science, etc. The novel accelerators are based on advanced RF accelerator concepts (e.g. the fixed field alternating gradient accelerator), laser- and beam-driven plasma waves (e.g. the laser-plasma wakefield accelerator) and laser-solid interactions (e.g. radiation pressure accelerators). These rapidly advancing technologies are leading to a new generation of compact devices with unique properties that can be used for cancer treatment, the development of ultra-compact X-ray free-electron lasers, ultra-high energy particle accelerators, etc.

The EMMA particle accelerator

The CDT not only provides a unique opportunity to be involved in ground-breaking research but also to obtain training in specialised and cross-disciplinary subjects, while developing communication, interpersonal and leadership skills. PhD and short training projects are available in both the public and private sectors. In addition, the programme offers opportunities to work with clinicians and scientists at leading centres around the world, including the NHS, PSI, CERN and the University of Tokyo. Examples of current PhD projects include radiotherapy, radio-isotope production and free-electron lasers.

Cancer treatment is of particular interest at the moment as the government announces its new centres for proton therapy and new modalities are being investigated. Understanding the mechanisms underpinning these new treatment strategies and designing the next generation of accelerators to achieve better outcomes is a major focus.

We are looking for bright, talented UK and EU graduates with a good degree in a relevant science subject (physics, natural sciences, materials science, etc.), and an interest in interdisciplinary research.

The scholarship will provide full fees and a stipend, currently set at £13,590 p.a. Enhanced stipends are also available in special cases.

For further details and information on the application procedure please contact: cdtenquiries@ngacdt.ac.uk. Late applications will be welcomed in the event that all studentships are not allocated.

The Alpha X beam line