The Cockcroft Institute

The Cockcroft Institute, a UK national centre of excellence in particle accelerator science and technology, is seeking a new Director to take it forward into the next phase of its evolution and development. 

The Institute brings together the infrastructure and expertise of national laboratories, the blue-skies R&D skills and educational know-how of academia and the innovation and entrepreneurship of industry in a unique partnership which has grown and flourished since its inception nearly 20 years ago. It is a collaboration between the universities of Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester and Strathclyde with the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and has a strong focus of activity at Daresbury Laboratory in North-West England supplemented by complementary facilities at Strathclyde.

The Institute is looking for an exceptional individual with proven leadership skills and a strong track record of research achievement in accelerator science (or a very closely related field). The appointee will have a clear and persuasive vision for the future of the Cockcroft Institute and be able to outline a plan for how to deliver the desired goals. They will exhibit excellent influencing skills, be able to engage and inspire a committed, high-performing research community and work collaboratively with the Institute’s external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be appointed to the Directorship for an initial period of five years and it is expected that they will also be offered a professorial position at one of its partner Universities.

Applications must include a full CV and a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how your knowledge, skills and experience match the essential criteria (no more than two pages of A4).

Please send applications to The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 5th September 2022.