You will study at the Cockcroft Institute, Daresbury and become a member of a group of Physicists and Engineers who are developing a Free Electron Laser (FEL) research facility named CLARA. The Cockcroft Institute is a collaboration of Universities including Lancaster with the STFC accelerator division ASTeC formed to undertake world leading particle accelerator research. The STFC, Daresbury facility has been a pioneer in the use of particle accelerators to generate electromagnetic radiation for scientific investigation in multiple disciplines including biological, material and forensic sciences http://www.stfc.ac.uk/2905.aspx .
The CLARA FEL is driven by a 250 MeV Linear Accelerator. The specific PhD project work will involve the development of advanced timing distribution systems, controls and measurement systems for synchronising laser pulses to the microwave power sources. The synchronisation systems must enable the linear accelerator to deliver ultra-short electron bunches to Free Electron Lasers with femtosecond timing accuracy. You will need some prior knowledge of electromagnetics, programing and electronics.
You will be based at Daresbury near Warrington while registered as a postgraduate research student at Lancaster University.
Training on accelerator science and technology is provided as a course of lectures and tutorials.
Applicants should be highly motivated and have a 1st class honours degree or at least a good 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in physics, electronic engineering or applied mathematics. Informal enquires should be directed to Dr Amos Dexter [email protected]
The deadline for applications is 30 January 2016. Please quote reference *****