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2016 – 2017: Senior Scientific Software Engineer, Quantemol.
Quantemol is a spin-out company from UCL providing software tools and consultancy for industrial plasma simulations. I was the lead developer of QDB, a database and online infrastructure for collisional process data. I directed the full-stack development of this web application as part of a small team of programmers and data specialists.
As part of the EU-funded Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre (VAMDC) consortium, I am an active developer for XSAMS, a project co-ordinated by the IAEA that has developed an XML Schema for the interoperable communication of atomic and molecular data.
I was also a member of the ExoMol group, a 5-year ERC-funded project creating high-temperature molecular line lists for exoplanet and cool star spectroscopy. In addition to research in molecular spectroscopy, I created and maintain the ExoMol website and its relational database backend.
For more details see my research pages.
I taught Physical Chemistry to undergraduates in the first three years of their M.Chem. degree as part of the Oxford University tutorial system. I also set college exams (collections) and conducted admissions interviews with prospective candidates.
More details are available at my online tutorial resources page.
2014 – 2015: Visiting Scientist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
During a one-year sabbatical funded by the NASA Earth Observing System and Planetary Atmospheres Program I was a member of the HITRAN group which curates and develops the HITRAN spectroscopic database which is widely-used to model radiative transmission in the atmosphere. I developed HITRANonline, an entirely new web-based interface to HITRAN, accessing a flexible and extensible relational database backend.
Recent spectroscopic work has included the first complete determination of the hyperfine parameters of both nuclei in the NH+ ion-radical and a fit to a very high-quality FT-IR spectrum of BiH.
Experimental projects have involved high-resolution laboratory studies of molecular oxygen, water vapour and NO, and their van der Waals complexes in order to better understand their impact on the radiative properties of the atmosphere. The spectroscopic techniques used include Laser Magnetic Resonance (LMR), Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), and Fourier-Transform Microwave Spectroscopy.
At Corpus Christi, I was a member of the college's Governing Body and Academic Committee and was Personal Tutor and Director of Studies to the college's undergraduate chemists. With the other college tutors, I conducted admissions interviews with prospective candidates.
"Active and Passive Remote Sensing of the Troposphere: Broadband Lidar Measurements of NO2 and Studies of Anomalous Atmospheric Absorption" – Laser remote sensing of tropospheric pollution with a novel ground-based LIDAR instrument, developed at the Cambridge University Chemical Laboratory.
A complete publication list is available here.
Hiking, trekking, running, rock-climbing (to F6b, sport), and mountaineering (to Alpine AD).
More details: mountains.
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