Study and training

On the fringes of the Lake District National Park, close the coast, with friendly communities and a low cost of living, West Cumbria is a stunning and very special environment in which to work and study.

Basing yourself at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility enables you to conduct research in a world-leading academic environment with proximity to industry whilst enjoying this unique and beautiful setting

PhD opportunities

The Dalton Cumbrian Facility combines academic excellence with proximity to the nuclear industry in a truly collaborative environment. Our world-leading radiation equipment and purpose-built facilities are situated in the exceptionally scenic West Cumbrian countryside. 

Our researchers also benefit from our international standing and global collaborations, with travel bursaries available. As a UK-flagship radiation sciences laboratory, we directly influence national policy decisions. This is one of the ways in which our work makes a difference to people’s lives.

We welcome talented graduates from a wide range of STEM backgrounds to our multidisciplinary research program; our expertise locally includes nanotechnology, geology, radiation-physics, radiation-chemistry and nuclear engineering.

We value inclusivity and co-operation, and welcome applications from all backgrounds to join our diverse team.

This year we will offer up to four fully funded PhD studentships:

  1. Gas generation from the radiolysis of water on uranium and thorium oxides
  2. Radiation effects on nuclear waste forms: How does the degree of crystallinity in a glass-ceramic affect radiation tolerance?
  3. i-sorp, a new technique for multi-resolution analysis of pore structure in materials
  4. Simulations of processes at and across nanoparticle-water interfaces

Full project descriptions are available from Projects have different eligibility requirements, please read these carefully before applying.

Applicants should send a CV to, giving their top three projects in order of preference in the body of the email, with the subject line ‘PhD application’. Completed applications should be received by 12 February 2019 and we anticipate holding interviews in the week beginning 18 February 2019.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to: with the subject line ‘PhD places 2019’.

Placements and outreach

One of The University’s key objectives is to be socially responsible; to engage with our community, to add value and inspire young minds. This extends to West Cumbria through the Dalton Cumbrian Facility’s programme of placements and outreach activity.

Undergraduate summer projects ***APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED FOR 2018***

We support a limited number of summer work experience placements for undergraduate students or promising sixth formers. 

Details and applications (deadline 21 May 2018):

Placement 2018: Robot Manipulator (DCF2018-1)

Placement 2018: Accelerator Science (DCF2018-2)

Placement 2018: Materials Characterisation (DCF2018-3)

Selection is based on a range of criteria, usually including but not limited to:

  • Best fit between the student’s interest, experience and projects available
  • Performance to date on degree programme or in sixth form
  • The right soft skills and transferable skills to work effectively in our research environment
  • A written application and CV
  • Interview

These placements are designed to fulfil The University’s key objective of providing maximum socio-economic impact and widening participation in our local area. We therefore prioritise students who are originally from Cumbria or have family roots in the area. We are unable to provide accommodation with these placements so students need to live (or be willing to live) within commuting distance of Dalton Cumbrian Facility for the duration of their placement.

The Infinity Festival

The Dalton Cumbrian Facility played a key role in designing and delivering the Infinity Festival, a collaborative STEAM event hosted at West Lakes Academy in Egremont. 

Work experience

We are currently unable to accommodate requests for individual or tailored work experience where it does not fit within our existing programme of outreach.

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