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Adaptation of 3 GHz cavity design of linear accelerators for proton radiotherapy


About This PhD Project

Project Description

A studentship is available from October 2020 on the development of high-gradient radiofrequency linear accelerators proton therapy. Radiotherapy is hugely important in the treatment of cancer, and proton therapy is the fastest-growing technology in radiotherapy today. Your project will work toward a next-generation radiotherapy technology whilst also furthering the state of the art in radiofrequency (RF) cavity design. In a previous project (PROBE) we patented a new method of cavity manufacture, and in this project you will adapt that previous design together with industrial partners, to obtain an even more efficient cavity; we hope this will lead to more cost-effective and more precise cancer treatment with protons.

The studentship is available in the E-MIT group in the Engineering Department at Lancaster University, which is part of the Cockcroft Institute for Accelerator Science and Technology, a UK national centre of expertise. The project will be primarily design- and simulation-based, although the successful candidate would be expected to take an active role in the construction and testing of RF cavities later in the project and will work on existing cavity measurements within the group. The student will gain direct experience in beam dynamics, RF cavity design and RF measurement techniques.

The applicant will be expected to have a first or upper second class degree in physics, engineering or other appropriate discipline. Experience with 3D electromagnetic solvers (such as CST) is desirable but not essential, as is experience in accelerator and/or general numerical simulations. A full graduate programme of training and development is provided by the Cockcroft Institute. The student will be based primarily at the Institute main site at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, with occasional visits to Lancaster’s main campus.
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Robert Apsimon () for more information. This position will remain open until filled.

Funding and eligibility: Upon acceptance of a student, this project will be funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council for 3.5 years; UK and other EU citizens are eligible to apply. A full package of training and support will be provided by the Cockcroft Institute, and the student will take part in a vibrant accelerator research and education community of around 200 people that includes around 70 postgraduates. An IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required.

Contact for further information:

How to apply: http://www.cockcroft.ac.uk/join-us

Anticipated Start Date: October 2020 for 3.5 Years

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