PACMAN – an Innovative Doctoral Programme for CLIC

The final network project funded under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), Marie Curie Actions, held its kick-off meeting at CERN on 20 November 2013.


PACMAN – a study on Particle Accelerator Components Metrology and Alignment to the Nanometre scale – is in the final stage of recruiting 10 PhD students to do research on beam instrumentation, metrology, micrometric alignment, magnetic measurements, nano-positioning and high-precision engineering. The students will acquire multi-disciplinary expertise in advanced engineering combined with a broad span of transferable skills. “PACMAN gives us the opportunity to attract students to CERN at a key moment in the CLIC study,” said Frédérick Bordry, Head of CERN’s Technology Department. “This is also an ideal opportunity to further develop CERN’s networks with industry and universities.”

“The project is a golden opportunity for students to gain exposure to leading-edge technology and to work with academic and industrial leaders in this key field,” confirms Hélène Mainaud Durand, PACMAN project leader. “It is also a great opportunity to build further bridges and foster new links in science, technology and business.”

PACMAN is the last of the FP7 Marie Curie Actions to start at CERN. In December, the European Commission will publish its next Framework Programme, Horizon 2020 – look out for news of further funding possibilities then!

by CERN Bulletin