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Research and development of novel plasma targets for particle accelerators


   Cockcroft Institute

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  Dr Oznur Apsimon  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

A studentship is available on the development of discharge-ionised capillary plasma targets for applications in frontier accelerator science. Capillary-based discharge plasma sources are becoming popular for novel accelerator applications (AWAKE, BELLA, EuPRAXIA, etc.) because of their potential for scalability. The studentship is available in the QUASAR Group at Liverpool University and the Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science and Technology at Daresbury. The candidate will be working on the development and use of capillary targets and their diagnostics through spectroscopic and interferometric techniques for applications in Full Energy Beam Exploitation (FEBE) program in CLARA facility in Daresbury Campus. The student will take a key role in both modelling and prototyping capillary targets and will have access to diagnostics and optics laboratories located in the Cockcroft Institute.

The applicant will be expected to have a degree in physics or engineering. Plasma and laser experience are desirable but not essential, as is experience in accelerator and computational physics (fluid and particle-in-cell simulations). A full graduate programme of training and development is provided by the Cockcroft Institute. The student will be based primarily at the Institute at Daresbury, with attendance to occasional meetings at the University of Liverpool.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Oznur Apsimon for more information via the email [Email Address Removed]

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 international 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 over 150 people. An IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required.

You can find out more about being a PhD student at the Cockcroft Institute here, where you can download an application form and find out about the other PhD projects available at the Cockcroft. To apply for this project, fill in the application form and email it with your CV to [Email Address Removed].

Contact for further information: [Email Address Removed]

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

Anticipated Start Date: October 2022 for 3.5 Years

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