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Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Biography

I received my PhD both from the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France and the University of Tromsø in Norway, for both theoretical and experimental studies of Langmuir waves in the auroral ionosphere using the incoherent scatter facility EISCAT in Northern Scandinavia.

I then spent over five years at the University of Oslo in Norway developed several Particle-In-Cell (PIC) simulation codes to conduct studies about electrostatic waves in plasmas and the kinetic effects related to the interaction between these waves and charged particles. 

After the years at University of Oslo, I moved shortly into industry, to work as a scientific researcher for an oil exploration company in Bergen, Norway, and then got back to public research at the Bergen Centre for Computational Sciences where I worked for the European grid project EGEE. I was responsible for the coordination of the project effort in Bergen and lead the development of grid middleware related to secured data management as well as the deployment of grid infrastructure onto the high performance computing facility at the University of Bergen.

In 2007, I moved to UCL with the Physics and Astronomy department, and since contribute to to research for the Atmospheric Physics Laboratory / Centre for Planetary Science where my work is on planetary and space plasma physics.

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research interests cover two areas in space physics, with both theoretical and observational aspects. The first area, space plasma physics, concerns the studies of microscopic phenomena such as non linear waves, wave particle interactions and turbulence in plasmas. The second area concerns the study of  the ionosphere and magnetosphere of the giant planet systems, their interactions and the connection to the aurora.

My research involves extensive use of high performance computing and the development of advanced numerical codes for simulation purposes.

I have also been working extensively with incoherent scatter radar technique (EISCAT in Northern Scandinavia) both theoretically and experimentally.
Teaching Summary


I have a wealth of teaching experience mainly in physics but also in computer science at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

2007–present Examiner, M.Sc. Research Essays – Postgraduate level, University College London, UK.
Tutorial Leader, Physics and Mathematics (Year 1) and Astrophysics (Year 2)– B.Sc. level, in English, 40 hours each year,
Examiner, UCL undergraduate applicants (Universities and College Admission Service),
Moderator, Synoptic interviews Astrophysics (Year 3) – B.Sc. level.
Moderator, Progress review interviews Astrophysics – Ph.D. students.

Spring 2000–2006 Guest Lecturer, Radar Diagnostics of Space Plasma (AGF-304) – Ph.D./M.Sc. level, in English, 30 hours each spring, University Centre in Svalbard, Norway.

Spring 2002 External Examiner, The Upper Polar Atmosphere (AGF-301), Ph.D./M.Sc. level, University Centre in Svalbard, Norway.

Fall 2001–2002 Lecturer, Physics of Stars and Radiation (AST-112) – B.Sc. level, in Norwegian, 49 hours each fall, University of Oslo, Norway.

Jan 2000–Mar 2001 M.Sc. Co-Supervisor, Lars Daldorff, Numerical particle simulation of three dimensional magnetized plasmas, University of Oslo, Norway.

Fall 1998 Course Leader, Computer Use (FYS-010) – B.Sc. level, Development of Lecture Notesand Lecturing, in English, total of 174 hours, University of Tromsø, Norway.

Spring 1998 Teaching assistant, General Physics (FYS-100) – B.Sc. level, Seminars and Laboratory,in Norwegian, total of 160 hours, University of Tromsø, Norway.

Fall 1997 Teaching assistant, Classical Theoretical Physics (FYS-200) – B.Sc. level, Lectures and Seminars, in Norwegian, total of 102 hours, University of Tromsø, Norway.

Appointments
FEB-2007 Senior Research Associate Physics & Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
MAY-2004 – MAR-2006 Senior Scientist Parallab Bergen Centre for Computational Sciences, Norway
DEC-2003 – APR-2004 Senior Scientist   Multiwave Geophysical Company ASA, Norway
OCT-2000 – AUG-2003 Associate Professor Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics University of Oslo, Norway
JAN-1999 – SEP-2000 Post-doc Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics University of Oslo, Norway
JUN-1995 – FEB-1997 Senior Consultant Programmer Department of Physics University of Tromsø, Norway
JUL-1993 – MAY-1995 Programmer   EISCAT, Norway
MAR-1992 – JUN-1993 French National Service VSNA   EISCAT, Norway
OCT-1991 – FEB-1992 Internship   CETP, France
MAY-1991 – SEP-1991 Internship   Sinfor Company, France
MAR-1990 – JUN-1990 Internship Laboratoire de Géologie Structurale et de Télédétection Université Paris 6, France
Academic Background
2011 PGCLTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Education - Postgraduate University College London
1998 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Physics with Planetary and Space Physics Universitetet i Tromso
1998 PhD Doctorat – Physics with Planetary and Space Physics Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
1991 MA Diplôme d'études approfondies – Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Computer Sciences Ecole Normale Supérieure Ulm (Paris)
1990 DGE Diplôme de grande ecole – Electrical and Computer Engineering French Engineering School
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