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I received my MPhys in Astrophysics (2003) and Ph.D in Nuclear Structure Physics (2006) from the University of Liverpool (UK) having undertaken a year during my Ph.D (2004-2005) as a student Marie Curie Fellow at the Acceleratory Laboratory of the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland) where my thesis concentrated on the low energy structure of neutron deficient isotopes at the proton drip line above neutron number 82.
In 2007 I joined the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Tennessee (USA) as a Post Doctoral Research Associate working mainly at the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. My research focus there was on the low energy structure of fast alpha emitting nuclei above tin-100 (100Sn) utilising novel digital data acquisition techniques developed there.
In 2009 I joined the Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) as an FWO fellow working at the Leuven Isotope Separator On-Line (LISOL) at Centre de Recherce du Cyclotron (CRC) Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium) and CERN-ISOLDE (Switzerland) studying neutron-deficient and neutron-rich isotopes produced using isotope separation methods coupled to laser ionisation selection techniques.
In 2011 I briefly re-joined the University of Jyvaskyla working with the IGISOL group before joining the International Atomic Energy Agency's Nuclear Spectrometry and Applications Laboratory (Austria) as the Electronics group leader where I work on developing novel detector technologies and methods for in-situ measurement applications and providing training to IAEA Member States personnel through Technical Cooperation projects in developing countries.
I am author or co-author of over 40 peer-reviewed journal publications and a member of the UK Institute of Physics, the IEEE and the APS.
My experiences in international research environments and my present position with the 155 Member State IAEA has given me a positive outlook on the international physics community and the opportunity to interact at many levels with researchers, students and managers in several disciplines throughout the world.
It is clear to me that scientific endeavour flourishes in environments where knowledge and skills are freely transferred and shared. The goals of the FIP in fostering cooperation and communication among physicists from all countries I find extremely important and if elected as a Member at Large my aim will be to expand knowledge within the international community of the programs and opportunities FIP supports and act as a conduit through the FIP to give attention to interesting activities and ideas being developed in the wider community.