Newton fellow joins School of Mathematics

A promising early-career researcher has been offered a place at the University to examine the magnetic fields of planets, thanks to a £29 million government initiative.

Dr Vassilios Dallas will conduct his research in the School of Mathematics

Dr Vassilios Dallas has been awarded a Newton International Fellowship and will conduct his research: ‘Rotating turbulence and dynamos: From geophysical to astrophysical phenomena’ for two years in the School of Mathematics.

The Newton International Fellowships, organised by the British Academy and the Royal Society, provide an opportunity for some of the most talented early-career post-doctoral researchers working overseas to carry out world class research in UK institutions. The long-term aim of the scheme is to build a global pool of research leaders which will encourage a greater international collaboration with the UK.

Dr Dallas aims to understand the effect of rotation and turbulence for the generation of planetary and stellar magnetic fields.

Dr Steven Tobias (Head of Applied Mathematics) will work alongside Dr Dallas. He says: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Vassilios to the School. Vassilios's research will further our understanding of the mechanisms by which the Earth and Sun (and other planets and stars) generate their magnetic fields.

“This will be a great opportunity to make significant progress on the problem of fundamental importance.”

The fellowship provides the ideal qualities towards an independent and successful career in scientific research by ensuring necessary independence to develop revolutionary research ideas and by fostering long-term collaborations between the Newton Fellows and the UK institutions.

Dr Dallas will take up his position in early 2015.

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