1 October 2012 - 1 October 2016
I conducted research as part of the high energy physics research group in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton. Specifically, I worked on lattice QCD in a team of about a dozen people, simulating particle physics interactions to come up with observables to compare with experiments. My various activities included:
- writing and running analysis code (Python) to analyse results from simulations;
- writing new simulation code (C++) to enhance simulation results;
- liaising with colleagues in a research team, following a unified strategy to achieve specific research goals;
- presenting results to colleagues in both the UK and ... Read more
6 January 2010 - 5 October 2011
Over two years I undertook four level 3 modules with the Open University in physics and mathematics in the following four subjects:
Combined, the modules were equivalent to the third year of an undergraduate physics degree, and I had to use my time management skills very effectively to fit the extra 16 hours of weekly study around my work at Mott MacDonald and my existing university work. I used existing credit from my first two years at the University of Birmingham to create an Open University Open Degree.
20 June 2011 - 10 September 2011
During the summer of 2011 I worked as a research student in the University of Birmingham's Condensed Matter Research Department. The work involved modelling the interaction of neutrons with magnetic fields to aid in the design of electromagnets to separate neutrons according to their wavelength. My primary responsibilities were:
- writing and testing simulation code;
- considering possible approaches to the problem;
- liaising with research staff to discuss new approaches and results.
I wrote the simulation in MATLAB, a language I was familiar with at the time. The code needed to have a straightforward interface so that others could use it ... Read more