Course 1 (9 January → 10 February 2023)
Course 2 (13 February
17 March 2023)

Application for the 2023 session will open in September 2022

Welcome from the Director

After almost a century of spectacular innovation and development, particle accelerators continue to drive scientific discovery, human welfare and economic growth in fields as disparate as medical therapy, material science, biology, nuclear physics, matter in extreme conditions, and the probing of the fundamental particles and forces of Nature.

The technologies that have built our modern world, and the conceptual framework through which we perceive it, would be unimaginable without them.

The Joint Universities Accelerator School (JUAS) has provided postgraduate-level education in the science and technology of particle accelerators to well over a thousand students since 1994. Most have earned credits towards Masters or Doctoral degrees at our Partner Universities in Europe, while students at other universities around the world and early-career professionals have sought to enhance their applicable knowledge and skills. Many have gone on to pursue successful careers in large accelerator laboratories such as CERN, in industry or in universities.

In 1996 I myself attended JUAS as part of my postgraduate studies in Grenoble. The school was an outstanding springboard for my career in particle accelerators at CERN. I owe JUAS a lot and take on the role of Director with pride and a firm commitment to ensuring JUAS offers young physicists and engineers a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the discipline.

I encourage all those wishing to embark on a career in the fascinating field of particle accelerators to apply. You will find all practical details in the following pages.


Dr. Elias MÉTRAL
Senior accelerator physicist at CERN Beams Dept

Continuing the work undertaken by previous JUAS directors : Marcelle Rey-Campagnolle 1994–2000, Joël Le Duff 2001–2005, François Méot 2006–2010, Louis Rinolfi 2011–2016, Philippe Lebrun 2017–2020 and John Jowett 2021

About JUAS

Taught by leading European particle accelerator specialists, JUAS is an international graduate school designed for highly motivated scientists and engineers currently studying to complete a Master’s degree or preparing a doctoral thesis. Early career professionals are also encouraged to apply.

Students are required to have a good knowledge of general physics at the Bachelor’s level. Prerequisites include elementary knowledge of special relativity, electromagnetism, nuclear physics and mathematical methods of physics (vector analysis, vector spaces and matrices, differential & partial differential equations, Laplace & Fourier transforms). Some knowledge of signal theory could also be useful. Refresher courses and tutorials are provided in some of these matters, and must be studied before the start of the course.

JUAS delivers a regularly updated, academically accredited programme in partnership with CERN and a cluster of 13 European universities and the LASCALA Erasmus Mundus joint master degree.

JUAS is a long-standing academic collaboration :


The full programme covers essential topics during 10 weeks from January to March, comprising 2 consecutive courses, which can be taken together or separately :

Each course lasts 5 weeks, comprising approximately 100 hours of pre-recorded and live lectures backed up by live tutorials, computer sessions and group work. Written examinations enable students to earn ECTS credits from their home university.

Lectures and tutorials are complemented by a series of prospective seminars given by leading accelerator scientists. Participants also have the opportunity to follow practical sessions and virtual visits.

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