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     Date Submitted:08-12-2014
     Last Modified:08-12-2014 (01:48)
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     Current job:Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Keywordsionosphere, radio, propagation, space weather, space-based radar, scintillation, research, modeling.


    I am a scientist and engineer with an established career in ionospheric radio propagation research.  I have degrees in Physics and Astronautics & Space Engineering and a PhD in the ionospheric impacts on HF radio direction finding at auroral and polar latitudes.  My Master’s thesis was on the impact of lightning-induced electron precipitation on the phase and amplitude of VLF transmissions due to transient modifications of the Earth-ionosphere waveguide.  For 14 years at QinetiQ, I provided research and advice for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and ESA on the effects of the ionosphere on radio systems including HF and UHF radars, space-based radar, UHF satcoms, HF/MF digital broadcasting, VLF communications, and GPS and Galileo navigation systems.

    From 2010-2013, at Sheffield University, I evaluated ionospheric impacts on the future ESA BIOMASS satellite mission – a polarimetric, interferometric synthetic aperture radar (SAR).  I provided the ionospheric simulation and correction software modules for the BIOMASS end-to-end radar simulator.  I also taught a 4th-year course on Signal Processing and ran Maths tutorials for students. In May 2013 I moved to Lancaster University to develop physics-based ionospheric models of HF absorption for aircraft communications.

    I have written ionospheric refraction, scattering and radiation source models and have processed and interpreted measurements from a variety of radio systems.  I have deployed ionosondes and experimental antenna arrays and managed several radio propagation field trials at QinetiQ.  I have project management training and experience and I’ve co-written several successful proposals for research funding.

    I am a scientist with an established reputation, regularly contributing to international conferences and workshops.  I publish and peer-reviews work in international journals and I have enjoyed successful collaborations with radio propagation scientists worldwide.





    Ionospheric Effects on HF Radio Direction Finding Systems

    University of Leicester, UK



    Astronautics and Space Engineering

    University of Cranfield, UK


    BSc (Hons)

    Physics (2:1)

    University  of Durham, UK


    Employment history

    May 2013 -

    University of Lancaster, UK

    Space Plasma Environment and Radio Systems group,

    Department of Physics

    Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate

    2010 - 2013

    University of Sheffield, UK  School of Mathematics and Statistics

    Research Associate

    1996- 2010

    QinetiQ (formerly the UK Defence Evaluation & Research Agency)

    Higher Scientific Officer,     Senior Scientific Officer, and Senior Scientist


    Awards and Prizes


    Best paper prize

    International Ionospheric Effects Symposium, Alexandria, USA, 2011


    Doug Bertram Award for Scientific Innovation

    QinetiQ, 2007.



    IT skills


    MATLAB           Advanced        (6 years, including GUI development, signal and image processing)

    IDL                   Advanced        (17 years, physical model development and GUI design)

    C                      Intermediate     (6 years, models, data processing and some RF hardware control)

    FORTRAN        Intermediate     (5 years, physical model development)

    C++                  Basic

    Perl                 Basic

    MySql              Basic


    Linux / Unix     Intermediate     (7 years – including some administration of user accounts)

    MS Windows    Advanced        (17 years)



    Teaching Experience


    In 2012-13 I taught a 20-hour lecture course on Signal Processing to 4th year undergraduates at Sheffield University.  (I also set and marked the exam paper.)


    From 2010-2013, I was a lead demonstrator for undergraduate tutorials in mathematics (2 hours per week).



    60 publications and 43 technical reports.


    Professional memberships

    Chartered Physicist (CPhys)

    Member of the UK Institute of Physics (MInstP)

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