Steve Monk was appointed in 2007 and has research interests in novel neutron detector design, Human replacement robotics in decommissioning environments, and general radioactive environment characterization. He has supervised four PhD students within the subject areas of neutron spectrometry, robotics in decommissioning, Post Operational Clear Out (POCO) at Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant and the design of neutron reflecting blankets for fusion reactors. Before taking up the lectureship, Steve undertook a research associate post building a novel neutron spectrometer with a PhD building a ultra sensitive ethane detector before that.

Steve also teaches three undergraduate modules; Nuclear instrumentation, general instrumentation and 2nd engineering projects (know nas the robot project). as well as being the rep. for Lancaster's part of the Nuclear Technology Educational Consortium (NTEC). Steve has a publication record which features this work as well as more left field subjects such as the generation of Bessel beams using an axicon.

His work over the years has taken him to such locations as TRIUMF (Vancouver), Los Alamos National Labs (New Mexico), The Jungfraujoch laboratory (Switzerland), The COMSATS institute (Lahore) and The Fukushima research centre (Japan).

When not at work, Steve likes to play football with the graduate team and play badminton with the Bailrigg badminton slub.


  • –present
    Lecturer, Lancaster University