David Jess joined the Astrophysics Research Centre in the School of Mathematics and Physics as a lecturer in 2013. He undertook both his undergraduate degree and PhD at Queen's University Belfast, focussing his research on the heating processes contained within our Sun's dynamic atmosphere. His PhD research won him the Royal Astronomical Society's Keith Runcorn prize which is awarded annually for the best PhD thesis in the field of geophysics, solar-terrestrial physics, and planetary sciences. In 2009 he was awarded an STFC Post-doctoral Fellowship to study high resolution ground-based observations of our Sun's atmosphere. Then in 2010 he was awarded a Royal Society Research Grant to build, test, and commission the most sensitive imaging instrument to date on the USA's premier solar facility, the Dunn Solar Telescope. Following the end of his STFC Post-doctoral Fellowship in 2012, he was awarded a Marie Curie (FP7 Pegasus) Fellowship which he took to KU Leuven, Belgium. During early 2013, he was awarded an advanced 5-year STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship. He brought this Fellowship to Queen's University Belfast in the middle of 2013, and was subsequently made a permanent lecturer within the School of Mathematics and Physics.
He continues to work with leading research groups around the world, and is a member of NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Normal Incidence Spectrograph (EUNIS) sounding rocket team. This NASA rocket payload operates as a test-bed for future large-scale astrophysical technologies, and has resulted in him being awarded both the NASA Group Achievement Award and the Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award for Science. His expertise in ground- and space-based imaging techniques has provided him with multiple requests for seminars and public outreach activities around the world.
More information can be found on his public website.