Dermot is a Reader in Theoretical Physics and a research group leader at Queen’s University Belfast. He is principal investigator of the European Research Council grant “ANTI-ATOM” (2019-2024). See below for a brief CV.
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2018 — Reader in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Queen’s University Belfast, and Principal Investigator for the ERC-STG project ANTI-ATOM.
2015 — 2019 EPSRC Fellow in Theoretical Physics, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
2013 — 2015 Research associate in the ultracold theory group of Jeremy Hutson FRS and (the first) Junior Research Fellow in the Sciences of Hatfield College, Durham University, United Kingdom.
2012 — 2013 Research Fellow, Centre for Plasma Physics, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
2010 Visiting Fellow, Harvard University Physics Department, based at the Institute of Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (ITAMP), Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, USA.
2008 — 2011 PhD, Theoretical Atomic Physics, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
2004 — 2008 1st class MPhys University of Oxford, as Theobald Scholar of Balliol College, Oxford, United Kingdom.
1997 — 2004 Belfast Royal Academy Grammar School, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
I obtained my PhD 15 December 2011. I have had ~ 10 months of career breaks, plus significant disruption to research activities from March 2020 due to increased childcare and caring responsibilities as a result of COVID impact.
Selected prizes, awards and research funding
2019 Institute of Physics Sir David Bates prize.
2018 Queen’s University Belfast Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prize.
2018 European Research Council Starting Grant (EUR1.32M).
2018 EPSRC UK Early-Career Fellowship (~£900k, declined).
2017 “ICPEAC Sheldon Datz Prize”, for outstanding young scientist in atomic physics (selected by the international committee of the International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions), awarded in Sheldon Datz plenary session at ICPEAC XXX, Cairns, Australia
2015 EPSRC UK Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Physics (£260k).
2015 Leverhulme Trust Early-Career Fellowship (declined).
2013 — 2015 (The first) Junior Research Fellowship in the Sciences, Hatfield College, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom.
2010 Institute of Physics Rosse medal for graduate research communication.
2010 Visiting Fellowship, Harvard University, USA, based at ITAMP, Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, USA.
2005 — 2008 Theobald Scholarship, Balliol College, University of Oxford (elected by the Fellows, for academic excellence in Physics)
Commissions of Trust
- Specialist Editor (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), Computer Physics Communications.
- Fellow of the Young Academy of Europe.
- Incoming Chair (October 2022) of the Institute of Physics Ireland. Currently Treasurer and committee member of the Institute of Physics Ireland.
- Reviewer for EPSRC and STFC UK, including Early-Career, Future-Leaders and Stephen Hawking Fellowship schemes, and other European funding agency grants.
- Regular reviewer for Physical Review Letters, Physical Review journals, EPJD, New J Phys etc.
- Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP).
- Institute of Physics outreach volunteer.
- Member of the College Council, Hatfield College, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom (2013 — 2015).
- Committee member, Institute of Physics North East branch (2014 — 2015).
Selected talks at international conferences and academic institutions
- The 2022 International Conference on Positron Annihilation (Helsinki/virtual), flagship triennial, plenary talk.
- DAMOP 2022, American Physical Society’s 53rd meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics community (international conference, talk in the memorial session for Richard Drachman).
- GEC 2021: the 74th International Gaseous Electronics Conference (invited talk).
- DAMOP 2021, American Physical Society’s 52nd meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics community (international conference, invited talk).
- The International conference on Quantum, Atomic and Molecular Physics (QuAMP 2019), Birmingham, United Kingdom (Invited to give the Sir David Bates Prize talk).
- The XX International Workshop on Low-Energy Positron and Positronium Physics (POSMOL 2019), Belgrade, Serbia (Invited talk).
- The International Conference on Atomic and Molecular Data and Their Applications (ICAMDATA 2018), Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Harvard University, USA, Nov. 2018.
- The (triennial) International Conference on Positron Annihilation (ICPA 2018), Orlando Florida, USA, Aug. 2018 (Invited talk).
- The International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions (ICPEAC XXX), Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Jul. 2017 (Invited ‘Special Report’)
- EGAS 2017 (49th conference of the European Group on Atomic Systems), Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom, Jul 2017.
- International workshop on Quantum Systems in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology (QSCP-XXI), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Jul. 2016 (Invited talk).
- International Conference on Positron Annihilation (ICPA-17), Wuhan, China, Sep. 2015 (Invited Talk).
- Dept. of Physics, Swansea University, United Kingdom, Apr. 2015 (Invited Talk).
- Dept. of Chemistry, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, Oct. 2014 (Invited Talk).
- QuAMP 2013, Swansea University, United Kingdom Sep. 2013.
- Institute of Physics Atomic Molecular interactions Group (AMIG) meeting, NUI Maynooth 2013.
- United Kingdom Positron Physics workshop, Queen’s University Belfast, Mar. 2013 (Invited Talk).
- Inaugural International workshop of Positrons in Astrophysics, Murren, Switzerland, 2012.
- EGAS 2011, (43rd Congress of the European Group on Atomic Systems), Fribourg, Switzerland, 2011.
- PSPA 10 (39th Polish Seminar on Positron Annihilation), Kasimierz Dolny, Poland, Jun. 2010 (Invited).
Lecturing and other academic duties
- 2021-present: Member of QUB Academic Council (part of the University governance structure)
- 2020-present: PhD Coordinator, Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, QUB (administrative and pastoral role).
- 2020-present: Seminar coordinator, Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, QUB.
Lecturing: QUB Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
- Introduction to calculus in 3D: Lectures on my YouTube channel
- Tensor field theory: tensor algebra, special relativity and covariant electromagnetism. Lectures on my YouTube channel
- Advanced quantum theory.
- Advanced numerical analysis.
Dermot was born and raised in the Cavehill area of north Belfast. He attended Belfast Royal Academy grammar school, where numerous teachers inspired him in mathematics and the sciences. In his youth he captained Star of the Sea football club, about which Andrew Lloyd Weber wrote a musical! He married his “high-school sweetheart” and they now have two children, whom he adores and spends every second possible with.