ASTeC- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

STFC are one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers world-wide. We operate world-class large-scale research facilities, manage the UK access to large-scale facilities in other countries, provide strategic advice to the government on development of large-scale science facilities and manage international research projects in support of a broad cross-section of theUK research community. STFC have a responsibility to ensure that the UK scientific community has access to the large facilities that will enable it to perform high quality, world leading research in the future.

More information can be found on https://stfc.ukri.org/

 AVO – Advanced Oncotherapy plc

Advanced Oncotherapy plc is an innovative technology business focused on delivering a proton-based radiotherapy system for cancer treatment. We are aiming to provide a clinically superior and cost-effective alternative to conventional radiation therapy, ensuring that clinicians and patients have choices, and that proton therapy is available more widely. The first proton therapy system is being installed and commissioned at our test site at STFC Daresbury, in the north of England, where we will also carry out our first patient treatment, prior to shipping to our customer sites.
Using technology originally developed and tested at the world- renowned CERN facility in Switzerland, A.D.A.M SA (Applications of Detector and Accelerators to Medicine) a wholly-owned subsidiary of AV , head-quartered in Meyrin/Switzerland, has developed this technology into the LIGHT (Linac for Image Guided Hadron Therapy) System. This system is superior to traditional cyclotron/synchrotron accelerators and significantly less expensive to install and commission than its competitors. LIGHT’s proton energies range from 70 MeV to 230 MeV and its beam properties are ideally suited for the effective treatment of cancerous tumours.

We have recently recruited our first trainee accelerator operators and will recruit one to two cohorts each year. They go through an intensive training programme, learning about all key aspects of the system, focusing on the actual operation of the accelerator itself. Our subject matter experts share their deep knowledge and work alongside the trainees to ensure that within six to nine months, the new operators are fully competent and knowledgeable to run the machine to produce beam on their own. There are many career paths that will come from this opportunity, as each trainee finds their own interest and specialism. We will be supplying systems to clinics and hospitals around the world each year. This gives the accelerator operators the possibility to become the on-site accelerator operator anywhere we have a customer.
More information can be found on www.avoplc.com


Imagine taking part in the largest scientific experiment in the world. CERN needs more than physicists and engineers – if you’re a student, a graduate, just starting your career or an experienced professional, whatever your field of expertise, CERN could be your next opportunity! We hire across a wide spectrum of engineering and technology disciplines, from computing to mechanical, electrical, electronics, materials science, radiofrequency and many more. It truly is a place like nowhere else on earth.

More information can be found on https://home.cern/

Christie Hospital

We work for The Radiotherapy Technical Services Group which forms part of the Christie Medical Physics and Engineering department. Our role is to maintain and repair the Christie’s fleet of medical linear accelerators (LINACs) of which we have 15 across three geographical sites around Greater Manchester. We also have a new centre opening this year in Macclesfield which will add another two LINACs to our inventory making us the largest site in the UK. We carry out routine service work on the LINACs as well as corrective maintenance up to third line level as well as physics quality control checks. At the main site in Withington there are 11 LINACs which are supported by a team of 16 engineers who I manage and lead. In terms of recruitment it is often difficult to employ engineers with sufficient technical knowledge due to the niche area we work in. We therefore have taken on graduates straight from university in the past and then trained them up in house. We have recruited directly from Manchester University in the past taking on students who had just finished their undergraduate degree or MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. We are also interested in students who have completed a degree in physics and have employed three engineers in the past who had physics qualifications. 

In addition to medical linear accelerators we also maintain and repair CT and MR scanners, superficial x-ray equipment and brachytherapy units which house live radioactive Ir-192 sources. Furthermore we have four in house engineers working alongside the manufacturer to maintain the UK’s only high energy proton therapy facility which uses a cyclotron to achieve energies up to 250MeV.     

On the call I will have our current apprentice who has a background in physics and is currently doing a BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree part-time. I will also have our previous apprentice who is now one of my Lead Engineers and is responsible for the MR-LINAC. The MR-LINAC is a hybrid machine which uses a medical linear accelerator revolving around an MRI imaging system. This is a ground breaking machine which I worked on when it was still an R&D machine. There are currently only 3 operational in the UK.

More information can be found on https://www.christie.nhs.uk/

Diamond Light Source

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron. It works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that scientists can use to study anything from fossils to jet engines to viruses and vaccines. The machine accelerates electrons to near light speeds so that they give off light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. These bright beams are then directed off into laboratories known as ‘beamlines’. Here, scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology. Whether it’s fragments of ancient paintings or unknown virus structures, at the synchrotron, scientists can study their samples using a machine that is 10,000 times more powerful than a traditional microscope. Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research. Over 14,000 researchers from across life and physical sciences both from academia and industry use Diamond to conduct experiments, assisted by approximately 700 staff. More details on careers at Diamond, as well as our current vacancies, can be found at: https://www.diamond.ac.uk/Careers.html


Elekta is a global provider of linear accelerators for radiotherapy and precision radiation medicine.With more than 4,000 employees worldwide, Elekta is committed to ensuring everyone with cancer in the world has access to – and benefits from – more precise, personalized radiotherapy treatments.

More information can be found on https://www.elekta.com/

Huddersfield University

The Accelerator Research Group (ARG) of the University of Huddersfield started in 2010. Although created to study the applications of accelerators, it has since diversfied and made important contributions to the Large Hadron Collider upgrade, the construction of the European Spallation Source and in the study of meta-materials. The main application areas under study are the use of ion beams for the investigation of materials and of electron beams for environmental applications. ARG is part of the university Ion Beam Centre, see:


This operates two accelerators, the Medium Energy Ion Source (MEIS), operated by ARG, and Microscopes and Ion Accelerators for Materials Investigation (MIAMI).

The group has a fully funded STFC PhD studentship available immediately to work on the LHC upgrade as part of the UK-HL-LHC-2 project and the project supervisor will be available for discussions.

More information can be found on https://www.hud.ac.uk/

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About Us

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a world-leading centre for research at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. Our neutron and muon instruments give unique insights into the properties of materials on an atomic scale. At the heart of the facility is a rapid cycling proton synchrotron accelerating 10^13 protons up to 84% of the speed of light, 50 times every second. The accelerated beam collides with stationary targets to produce the neutrons and muons for experiments.

Opportunities for Graduates

ISIS recruits graduates every year in positions such as RF, mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering, accelerator physics, software development and more. Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one; graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as on the job experience.

To be eligible for STFC’s graduate scheme, you need to have;

• Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2019, 2020 or be due to receive it in 2021

• Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above

• The right to live and work in the UK.

Opportunities for Students

ISIS also offers a diverse range of industrial placement positions which give undergraduate students the opportunity to work on challenging technical projects alongside world leading engineers, scientists and technicians in highly collaborative environments. Placement students are treated as full-time members of staff, earn a competitive salary and have a unique opportunity to pursue their career interests while developing the skills for a head-start after graduation.

Shorter experiences are also available through summer vacation placements lasting between 6 and 12 weeks.

In order to be eligible for STFC’s industrial and vacation schemes, you should;

• Currently be enrolled on an undergraduate degree course.

• For industrial placements, you must be required or have requested to take a placement year.

• The right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement.

More information can be found on https://stfc.ukri.org/

Lancaster University, Cockcroft Institute

Lancaster is a founding member of the Cockcroft Institute for Accelerator Science and Technology and has both Physics and Engineering departments involved in the development of particle accelerators, and recruits PhD students in electronic engineering and physics. Lancaster has specialist research groups in RF engineering, superconducting RF, THz generation and acceleration, laser-plasma theory, mathematical physics and beam physics. Lancaster has research activities from the very large accelerators such as LHC, to smaller industrial accelerators for medical and security applications.
As part of the Cockcroft Institute, the UK’s largest accelerator centre of excellence, Lancaster PhD students will take part in the world-leading education program with specialist lectures from world-leading experts, and will get an opportunity to be involved in our in-house particle accelerator facilities.

For enquiries please contact
Prof Graeme Burt, Engineering, Graeme.burt@cockcroft.ac.uk
Prof Steve Jamison, Physics, s.jamison@lancaster.ac.uk

More information can be found on https://www.cockcroft.ac.uk/

Liverpool University, Cockcroft Institute

The University of Liverpool is a founding member of the Cockcroft Institute. The Accelerator Science Group at Liverpool is based in the physics, engineering and electrical engineering and electronics (EEE) departments. The Group is amongst the world-leaders in beam diagnostics development, novel acceleration techniques, and light source and other accelerator design and optimisation; making key contributions to many of the global accelerator flagship projects. These include the LHC and its upgrades, next generation antimatter research facilities AD and ELENA, as well as novel accelerators such as AWAKE at CERN or the plasma accelerator EuPRAXIA.

Every year we advertise PhD positions for accelerator-related projects across all of our R&D activities. As part of the Cockcroft Institute, Liverpool PhD students will take part in the institute’s lecture series given by renowned experts. We provide access to world-class research infrastructure through our national and international research partners.

More information can be found on https://www.cockcroft.ac.uk/

Oxford University, John Adams Institute

The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science is a centre of excellence in the UK for advanced and novel accelerator technology, providing expertise, research,
development and training in accelerator techniques, and promoting advanced accelerator applications in science and society.

More information can be found on https://www.adams-institute.ac.uk/

Queens University Belfast

Queen’s University is the main University in Northern Ireland, with 25,000 students and 3,700 staff. It is part of the Russel’s group of research intensive UK Universities and has been rated 8th in the UK for research intensity and in the top 20 for research quality and impact in the last Research Evaluation Framework exercise (2014).

The Centre for Plasma Physics is part of the School of Mathematics and Physics. It currently consists of 14 Academics, active across a wide range of research activities, mainly related to the interaction of intense laser pulses with matter. These activities are supported by 10 postdoctoral researchers and 30 PhD students. The Centre hosts a significant research infrastructure, the TARANIS laser facility, which, providing 2 X 30 TW pulses to 2 fully equipped interaction areas, is the largest University-based system of its type in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. Additionally, a large part of our research is carried out at the world-leading Central Laser Facility of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, through frequent user-access experiments. Our researchers also access other facilities in Europe and beyond, including, for example, the LULI 2000 system in France, the OMEGA laser in the US, and the Gekko laser in Japan.

An important strand of our research relates to the acceleration of particles with high power lasers. Acceleration of particles in plasmas exploits the ultralarge electric fields (up to 1013 V/m) that can be generated by inducing a local charge separation. This is at the basis of novel approaches for acceleration of electrons and ions which are pursued by many groups and projects worldwide. These activities are motivated by the search for compact alternatives to high-energy Radiofrequency accelerators, but also by novel applications facilitated by some of the peculiar properties of laser-accelerated beams. This research is closely linked to major ongoing developments at the national and international level, which are aimed to the applicative use of laser-driven particle beams, such as the Extreme Photonics Application Centre at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, or the pan-european Extreme Light Infrastructure

Two PhD project in this area are currently available at QUB, both supervised by
Dr Daniele Margarone

· Proton-Boron Nuclear Fusion studies in laser-generated plasma for future ultraclean energy production

· Diagnostics and targetry for laser-plasma interaction experiments at high-repetition rate

The first project will investigate fusion processes initiated by laser-accelerated protons through an innovative, neutron-fee approach, while the second project will address the future operation of laser-accelerators at high-repetition, an important requirement in view of multidisciplinary applications of the particle sources. This requires the development of innovative targetry and diagnostic techniques capable of sustaining the increased beam throughput and repeated operation.

More information can be found on https://www.qub.ac.uk/

Royal Holloway University of London, John Adams Institute

The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science is a centre of excellence in the UK for advanced and novel accelerator technology, providing expertise, research,
development and training in accelerator techniques, and promoting advanced accelerator applications in science and society.

More information can be found on https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/research-and-teaching/departments-and-schools/physics/research/research-groups/accelerator-physics/

Strathclyde University, Cockcroft Institute

Strathclyde is a member of the Cockcroft Institute for Novel Accelerators with several groups in Physics Department involve in the development of broad range of novel acceleration techniques, and recruits PhD students in physics. Strathclyde has specialist research groups in (1) high-power laser-plasma interaction, (2) laser-plasma-beam dynamics, both theory and experiment, and (3) physics of free electron lasers. Strathclyde houses the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators (SCAPA), which offers facilities such as state-of-the-art laser laboratories, laser-driven plasma accelerators and radiation sources. 

As part of the Cockcroft Institute, Strathclyde PhD students will take part in world leading education program with specialist lectures from world-leading experts, and will get an opportunity to be involved in several R&D programmes, not only within SCAPA/Strathclyde, but also with our international collaborators, such as FACET-II/SLAC, and AWAKE experiment at CERN. 

More information can be found on https://www.cockcroft.ac.uk/

Technology – Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Our Detectors and Electronics Division brings together over 100 of the STFC’s brightest scientists and engineers to work on a wide range of economically important applications. Amongst others, this includes healthcare, climate change, environmental issues and security. At the same time, work continues to maintain our cutting edge position in the design of sensors for scientific applications.

STFC Technology at Daresbury provides advanced technology and engineering in support of both STFC funded activities and other high profile international projects. There is a strong focus on engineering for accelerators and related instrumentation. Technology at Daresbury also offers central engineering support to the STFC funded UK academic nuclear physics community.

The Applied Science Division (ASD) at RAL undertakes a wide range of projects; providing engineering and technology for particle physics, astronomy projects, and for  STFC and other UK and international science facilities. These are often collaborations with universities and science funding agencies, both within the UK and overseas. In addition, we work directly with industry in consultative and collaborative roles.

More information can be found on https://www.technologysi.stfc.ac.uk/

The University of Manchester, Cockcroft Institute

The University of Manchester is one of the founding members of the Cockcroft Institute for Accelerator Science and Technology, and works closely with the institute through its accelerator physics group based within the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The group recruits PhD students to work on a diverse range of experimental and theoretical accelerator physics based topics, from the development of novel table-top sized acceleration schemes to understanding the interactions of particles and electromagnetic fields in large scale facilities.

Manchester is involved with a number of international collaborations and big scientific projects including, the High-Luminosity LHC upgrade, anti-matter research as part of ALPHA, acceleration through plasma as part of AWAKE at CERN, high-gradient acceleration through CLIC, novel THz radiation-driven acceleration schemes, and medical accelerators (both proton and high energy electron). The group conducts experiments at Daresbury laboratory (as part of the Cockcroft Institute), at CERN in Switzerland, The Christie and the Photon Science Institute in Manchester, XFEL in Hamburg, and FNAL in Illinois.

As part of the Cockcroft Institute, the UK’s largest accelerator centre of excellence, Manchester PhD students will take part in the world-leading education program with specialist lectures from world-leading experts, and will get an opportunity to be involved in our in-house particle accelerator facilities. The opportunity to work in collaboration with international renowned academics at the Cockcroft Institute provides PhD students with training in cutting-edge physics techniques and the skills gained provide a solid foundation for future careers in both industry and academia.

For enquiries please contact

Prof. Roger Jones, roger.jones@manchester.ac.uk

More information can be found on https://www.cockcroft.ac.uk/