Biography

2015- STFC Postdoctoral Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
2014-2015 VIALACTEA Postdoctoral Researcher, Université de Strasbourg, France
2013-2014 STEP Postdoctoral Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
2009-2013 PhD, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
2005-2009 MPhys Astrophysics, University of Liverpool/John Moores University, UK

A full version of my CV can be found here.

I was born in St. Helens, a small Northern town in Lancashire, United Kingdom (not Merseyside…) and went to school and sixth-form in the town. From there, I obtained my undergraduate degree in the joint-degree programme of the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University (MPhys Astrophysics; 1st).

I couldn’t get enough of Liverpool so stayed at the Astrophysics Research Institute of John Moores University to complete my PhD entitled “The Effect of the Large-Scale Structure of the Galaxy on Star Formation Properties” with Toby Moore. After 3.5 years of this, and many observing trips to the JCMT on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, I rolled into my first postdoctoral position, a STFC funded STEP position at the ARI.

The STEP position lasted for one-year at which point I was offered my next position at the Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg, Université de Strasbourg. That position was part of the VIALACTEA, FP7-funded project. My role in the project was to produce a 3D extinction map of the Galaxy, which would aid our understanding of Galactic structure as well as improving distance estimates to star-forming sources.

Following a one-year stint in France, Liverpool came calling again and I was only too happy to continue my love affair with the department and head back for a STFC-funded postdoctoral researcher position. The area of research is broadly described as “Galactic Star Formation” but would include exploiting the Herschel infrared Galactic Plane Survey (Hi-GAL) and the JCMT Plane Survey (JPS) to investigate the varying stages and scales of star formation.

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