IOP National Particle Accelerator Open Day was held at the Cockcroft Institute on the 25th November, with an interesting programme for undergraduate students. It included talks, lab tours and the chance to talk to current PhD students, Postdocs and academics from the CI partner universities, as well as researchers from ASTeC. There were representatives of the UK universities, laboratories and industry present to discuss research and work opportunities in the field of accelerator physics. A wide range of PhD project opportunities were on display, too.
It is estimated that over 25,000 accelerators are currently in operation around the world. They play an important role in basic science, medicine and industry. Accelerator science is one of the world’s most dynamic research areas, but its progress risks to be delayed due to a shortage of accelerator scientists and engineers. Many exciting opportunities are arising for talented and motivated individuals interested in this field.