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Beam transport issues in high-power x-ray Free Electron Lasers

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Supervisors: Prof. Andy Wolski (University of Liverpool), Dr Frank Jackson (STFC/ASTeC)

Project Description:

A studentship is available from October 2019 to study issues associated with efficient transport and precision control of high-quality electron beams in high-power x-ray Free Electron Lasers (x-ray FELs). Particle accelerators have enabled many groundbreaking discoveries in science in the past hundred years, and new developments in accelerator design and technology will open unprecedented opportunities for future research. X-ray free electron lasers (x-ray FELs) will allow scientists to observe chemical and biological processes taking place step-by-step, on atomic scales. This could lead to revolutionary progress in the development of novel materials and new medicines. Researchers at the Cockcroft Institute are working on accelerators for the next generation of FELs, involving experimental investigations using test facilities at Daresbury Laboratory, collaborations with overseas facilities, and theoretical studies for future accelerators.

There is an opportunity for a PhD student to join in this research for exciting new machines, in understanding and improving the high-energy electron beams that are used in FELs. This PhD project would suit someone wishing to combine their enthusiasm for advanced technology with their curiosity into the fundamental science of the behaviour of high energy particle beams. The research will lead to new insights allowing significant improvements in the performance of high-power FELs. Your work would include computer modelling of particle beams and, crucially, experimental studies using real accelerators at Daresbury Laboratory, or overseas. The range of challenging issues associated with high-power electron beams provides the opportunity to tailor the direction of your research in the way that best suits your interests.

The applicant will be expected to have a first or upper second-class degree in physics or other appropriate qualification. Experience in accelerator and computational physics is desirable, but not essential. A full graduate programme of training and development is provided by the Cockcroft Institute. The student will join a vibrant accelerator research and education community of over 150 people at the Cockcroft Institute at Daresbury where the project will be based. The student will also be a member of the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool, with full access to the university’s facilities.

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. If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required. For full eligibility criteria and general terms and conditions, see:

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Andy Wolski or Dr. Frank Jackson for further information:

For further information on the Cockcroft Institute, and details of how to apply please see:

For further information on the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool:

Anticipated Start Date: October 2019 for 3.5 Years

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