Rob obtained his undergraduate integrated Masters degree in Astrophysics in 2017 at the University of Liverpool, in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University. His Masters project involved testing several hardware and software components for the upcoming Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) gamma-ray observatory.
He is currently based in the Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI), within the High-Performance Computing (HPC) group, at Liverpool John Moores University working on a PhD concerning simulations of dark matter.
His research is focused on using large-scale cosmological simulations of the universe (EAGLE). His work will focus on self-consistent annihilation simulations of dark matter and he will develop self-consistent self-annihilation N-body simulations, in which dark matter mass is removed on-the-fly in the simulations as interactions take place. To achieve this, he will develop an efficient, massively-parallel code which can do neighbour searches during simulations and implement annihilation in a probabilistic manner.