LIFD Visiting Research Fellow: Dr. Chris Wareing

Our LIFD Visiting Fellows scheme aims to attract distinguished scholars from around the world to work with LIFD. Fellows are normally invited to spend between one and three months at the University of Leeds; longer stays may also be possible subject to funding. Fellows will have full library access and IT support, office space in one of our Schools and will be able to access suitable Laboratories and High Performance Computing to support their research. We expect Fellows to deliver an LIFD colloquia talk and we encourage visitors to proactively engage with our postgraduate students and wider LIFD research activity during their stay. To find out more, please see the following link:

This month we caught up with Visiting Research Fellow, Dr. Chris Wareing. Dr. Wareing was a VRF with LIFD from Autumn 2021 to Spring 2022. Here he shares his experience:

The Visiting Research Fellow (VRF) status at the LIFD allowed me to maintain relationships with collaborators across the University, including in Physics, Maths, SCAPE and Advanced Research Computing. I was able to continue the co-supervision of my PhD student throughout his final year, as he wrote up his thesis and second paper – see the image of a supernova shock overrunning a thermally unstable molecular cloud taken from this paper, now submitted.

Furthermore, the VRF enabled me to move forward grant proposals out of SCAPE in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

I thank the LIFD for their support and look forward to working with them as I now move into to a formal multi-disciplinary, industry-linked research role at Leeds, acknowledging the benefit that already having VRF status at Leeds may have had in successfully obtaining my new research position at the University.

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