Benjamin Thompson
Research Student
Jermiah Horrocks Institute
University of Central Lancashire (UK)
Curriculum Vitae
Employment
2017-
Python developer - Django
2014-2017
Undergraduate laboratory Demonstration and Distance Learning Teaching. Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, University of Central Lancashire.
I am involved in demonstrating undergraduate Physics laboratory clases.
I have also assisted teaching on the weekend distance learning students attend UCLan.
I also assessed and marked distance learning students assignments and undergraduate laborotory assignments.
2013-2016
Open Day and Applicant Day Outreach. University of Central Lancashire.
I represent the university Physics department to pospective students on open and applicant days.
I also planned and organised a Physics at University session for high school students considering attending University.
I also obtained a DBS certificate in 2014
2013-2017
Web Administrator. Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, University of Central Lancashire.
I manage the content and administrate the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute website.
2011, 2012
Summer Research Intern. Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, University of Central Lancashire.
Worked with Dr. Victor Debattista as a summer research intern on the project Quantifying the Origin and Distribution of Intracluster Light. This work was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Astronomical Society
Education
2013-2017
PhD Astronomy. University of Central Lancashire (funded by STFC).
Project title: Evolutionary Processes of The Milky Way.
Expected to submit by March 2017 and Graduate in July 2017.
Included 7 months abroad in Canada at Saint Marys University. Halifax, Nova Scotia.
2009-2013
MPhys Physics And AstronomyDurham University.
Upper Second Class Honours.
Project title: Galaxy Formation With Warm Dark Matter.
Final Year Modules: Theoretical Astronomy, Advanced Astrophysics, Particle Theory.
2006-2009
A Levels. Nelson and Colne College. UK.
Subjects and Grades: Mathematics (A), Physics (A), Chemistry (A), Philosophy (A), Further Mathematics (B), Computing (B), Critical Thinking (C).
Hobby Organisations and Side Projects
Sector Alpha
I am the founder and project lead of a group called Sector Alpha. Sector Alpha is involved in hosting websites for clients and creating collection of open source software. Additionallyprogress has been made in producing gaming community software (website and application under construction) under the name of Sector Alpha Gaming.

Github: https://github.com/sectoralpha. Featuring the public release of AlphaGSM and AlphaVEN.
Bitbucket: https://bitbucket.org/sectoralpha/.
Cosmosquark.com
cosmosquark.com is a personal, science and technology blog website with the backend powered by AlphaCMS. The website is in beta but the software does demonstrate the ability to produce blog content and allow an audience to comment on it. I do not regularly update the content of the blog, but this may change soon.
Dark Field Games
darkfieldgames.com is a group of amature game developers founded by myself. We typically partake in Ludum dare game jams as a group (or individually) in which we aim to make a video game in less than 72 hours. From this, I have experience developing with the Unity Game Engine, PixiJS Love2D.
Publications

B. B. Thompson et. al.The Gaia-ESO Survey: Matching Simulations to Observations of the Milky Way, (accepted) [arXiv]

K. A. Harris, V. P. Debattista, F. Governato, B. B. Thompson, A. J. Clarke, T. Quinn, B. Willman, A. Benson, D. Farrah, E. W. Peng, R. Elliott, S. Petty. Quantifying the Origin and Distribution of Intracluster Light, MNRAS, Volume 467, Issue 4, p.4501-4513 [ADS] [arXiv]

P. M. Sutter, G. Lavaux, N. Hamarus, A. Pisani, B. D. Wandelt, M. Warren, F. Villaescusa-Navarro, P. Zivick, Q. Mao, B. B. Thompson. VIDE: The Void IDentification and Examination toolkit, 2015, Astronomy and Computing, 9, 1. [ADS] [arXiv]

Conferences
28 June - 1 July 2016
National Astronomy Meeting. Nottingham University, UK
Presented a summary of the results of the paper
The Gaia-ESO Survey: Matching Simulations to Observations of the Milky Way.
25-27 June 2014
RAMSES users meeting. University of Paris, Saclay Nuclear Research Centre, France.
21-23 June 2014
National Astronomy Meeting. University of Portsmouth, UK.
21-24 April 2014
Friends of Friends 2014. Instituto de Astronomia Teorica y Experimental. Cordoba, Argentina..
Workshops
4 May 2016
Writing About Your Research. Carlton House Terrace, Royal Society, London, UK.
The course covered topics on writing about research for the public (news articles, blogs, social media)
17 Febuary 2016
Media Skills Training. Carlton House Terrace, Royal Society, London, UK.
The course covered public speaking, television and radio communication.
8-11 September 2014
Data Analysis Workshop. Imperial College London, UK.
The course covered bayesian statistics and analysis techiques
28 July - 1 August 2014
Big Data. Hartree Centre, STFC Daresbury Laborotory, Warrington UK.
The workshop covered big data concepts and reduction.
21 - 25 July 2014
High Preformance Computing. Hartree Centre, STFC Daresbury Laborotory, Warrington UK.
The workshop covered high preformance computing concepts (OpenMP, MPI).
29 April - 3 May 2014
Graduate Leadership Course. University of Central Lancashire Cyprus Campus, Cyprus..
The course covered leadership skills and techniques.
2-13 November 2013
Galaxy Dynamics: Surveys in the Times of GAIA. UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico.
The workshop covered concepts of galaxy dynamics.
Talks
17 August 2016
Turbulent Driven Outflow Of Gas In A Galactic Disk.
University of Central Lancashire, UK.
30 June 2016
Confronting Chemodynamical Simulations with Synthetic Observations.
National Astronomy Meeting 2016 - University of Nottingham, UK.
2 October 2015
Adaptive Mesh Chemodynamical Simulations and Synthetic Observations.
Saint Marys University Astronomy Colloquia, Canada.
12 August 2015
Comparing Milky way-like Galaxies With The Gaia-ESO Survey.
University of Central Lancashire, UK.
10 August 2015
Comparing Milky way-like Galaxies With The Gaia-ESO Survey.
University of Hull, UK.
9 February 2015
Cosmological Simulations of Galaxies using Adaptive Mesh Refinement.
University of York, UK.
13 August 2014
Cosmological Simulations of Voids and Cosmic Void Finding.
University of Central Lancashire, UK.
24 July 2014
Cosmological Simulations with Adaptive Mesh Refinement and Cosmological Void Finding.
Hartree Centre, STFC, UK
23 April 2014
The Effect of Environment on Dwarf Galaxies in Voids.
Friends of Friends 2014 meeting, IATE, Cordoba, Argentina
17 April 2014
The Effect of Environment on Dwarf Galaxies in Voids.
Universidad de Concepcion, Concepcion, Chile
19 March 2014
Void Galaxy Formation and Void Environments.
University of Central Lancashire, UK
12 November 2013
Orbital Chaotic Behaviour in the Solar Neighbourhood towards the Galactic Centre.
Gaia School, UNAM, Mexico.
Public Talks
13 November 2014
Cosmological Voids.
Pendle Cafe Scientifique, Kelbrook, UK.
Posters
21-23 June 2014
The Effect of Environment on Galaxies in Voids: Preliminary Work. University of Portsmouth, UK.
Undergraduate University Society Responsibilities
2012-2013
IT Officer. Saint Aidan's Junior Common Room.
2012-2013
Webmaster and Treasurer. Durham University Computing Society
2011-2013
Founder and Webmaster. Durham University Physics Society.
2011-2012
Webmaster. Durham University Astronomical Society.
2010-2011
Observation officer. Durham University Astronomical Society.