Professor Malcolm Joyce

Professor & Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder

Research Interests

Malcolm Joyce holds a Personal Chair in Nuclear Engineering at Lancaster University and was Head of Department from 2008-2015. His industrial experience includes Smith System Engineering Ltd., BNFL plc. and most recently as Technical Director of Hybrid Instruments Ltd. He is Principal Investigator on EPSRC grants EP/N017749/1 'Technology development to evaluate dose rate distribution in PCV and to search for fuel debris submerged in water', EP/M02489X/1 'Imaging and location of fast neutron emissions by real-time time-of-flight' and EP/P008062/1 'Digital fast neutron assay of uranium'. He is Co-investigator on EP/P018505/1 'TORONE - TOtal characterisation for Remote Observation in Nuuclear Environments, EP/R0026084/1 'Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Nuclear' and EP/P013600/1 'JUNO: A Network for Japan - UK Nuclear Opportunities'. His research group currently comprises 5 post-doctoral research associates and 7 research students.

His area of research interest is in Nuclear Engineering including nuclear safeguards instrumentation, portable neutron spectrometry,decommissioning-related analytical methods, nuclear policy and environmental consequences, medical radiotherapy & radiation effects. He is author on > 140 refereed journal articles and has specialised over the last 10 years in the field of digital mixed-field radiation assay with fast, organic liquid scintillation detectors. Prior to this he spent four years in research in industry and has a h-index of 26. An impact case study based on Professor Joyce's research submitted to the 2014 Research Excellent Framework was assessed as being of 4* quality.

Professor Joyce has supervised 17 PhD students to completion since 2003. He was the Scientific Chair of the Nuclear Institute's International Conference on Control & Instrumentation for Nuclear Installations (September 2011). He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Nuclear Institute. He is Editor on the Elsevier journal Progress in Nuclear Energy, and is Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science and the European Journal of Physics N (EPJ-N). He led the team in 2010 that researched and wrote the Nuclear Lessons Learned report, on behalf of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Engineering the Future, which was commended by the Minister of State for Energy, HMG Chief Scientist and Lord Browne.

In October 2012, the degree of Doctor of Engineering (DEng) was conferred upon Malcolm in recognition of his contribution to the field of Fast Neutron Digitization and Related Analytical Methods. He was a member of the UK Government's Nuclear Industry Research Advisory Board (NIRAB), and elected member of the IEEE Radiation Instrumentation Steering Committee (RISC) and deputy chair of the steering committee of the National Nuclear Users' Facility (NNUF). In 2014 he and his team were awarded the James Watt medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for best paper in the journal Proc. ICE (Energy) for research on the depth profiling of radioactive contamination in concrete. In 2016 he was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. In 2017 he completed a textbook: 'Nuclear Engineering: A Conceptual Guide to Nuclear Power', published by Butterworth-Heinemann, 420 pp.

JUNO: A Network for Japan - UK Nuclear Opportunities
17/11/2017 → 16/11/2022

IS 2015 - Advanced Materials
01/06/2015 → …

Institutional Sponsorship 2015
01/06/2015 → 31/03/2016

Industrial Doctorate Centre: Nuclear Engineering
01/10/2009 → 31/03/2018

  • Doctorate Centre in Nuclear Engineering
  • Energy Lancaster
  • Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre
  • Nuclear