Research Associate, Cockcroft Core Funding

Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
24 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
25 Feb 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 25/02/2019
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Accelerator, Nuclear and Particle Physic
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : 2 years from commencement of contract

We seek a highly-qualified candidate to work on particle accelerator design, commissioning and beam measurement for proton therapy. This project forms part of the ongoing strong collaboration between the University of Manchester (as part of the Cockcroft Institute) and the Christie Hospital to develop improved methods for proton therapy.

The primary role of this post is to help develop an improved design of a compact proton therapy cyclotron and associated beam delivery system. Using high-performance computing systems you will conduct optimisation studies of candidate magnet designs for compact cyclotrons in collaboration with other project members. You will also assist in the development and correct operation of the new Research Beamline at Christie Hospital and in particular help develop the beam scanning system and its control system. You will apply this experience in the development of a novel beam scanning system for a future compact therapy device, and to assist in the development of a proton tomography system.

You should hold a PhD in a relevant topic or expect to obtain one by the start of the post. Prior experience in the development of medical accelerators is highly desirable. You should be capable of independent work in a challenging and international environment.

The School of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Manchester is one of the largest and most active schools of physics in the United Kingdom. The Cockcroft Institute is the largest centre for accelerator science in the UK, and is based in pleasant surroundings just south of Warrington, between Liverpool and Manchester in North-West England. Further details can be obtained from our websites:

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Hywel Owen


Tel: +44 1925 603797

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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