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Our staff

Academic Staff

We are committed both to high-quality undergraduate teaching and to first-class scientific research and are a large, dynamic department. We have a staff of nearly 40 professors, 12 readers, 11 senior lecturers, 18 lecturers and about 100 post-doctoral researchers and fellows, and you'll find out more about them, view their staff profiles and their contact details from the list shown.

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Key contacts

Administrative Staff

The work of the Department is supported by our Department Manager Claire Davies, five administrators and fifteen secretaries and support officers. The team provides a professional and efficient service to all members of the Department in support of education and research objectives. The service is divided into the following areas:


You'll find our full admin team and their contact details in the list shown.

Technical Staff

Technical Services activities in the Physics Department are supported by a range of specialist teams, within which around 20 skilled technicians are embedded. The Technical Services and Facilities Manager, Mr Wayne Dobby is responsible for the management of these services.

Internal users can find more information about the Technical Services here

Key Contacts

  • Duncan McCallum - H&S Co-ordinator, Deputy Technical Services and Facilities Manager and Teaching & Research Technical Services Manager (TRTS)
  • Michael Armstrong - Technical Manager, Mechanical Engineering Services (MES)
  • Andrew Hunter - Technical Manager, Electronic Engineering Services (EES)
  • David Pattinson - Team Manager, Teaching & Research Laboratory Services (TRLS)

Full contact details for all technical staff can be found in the list shown.

Research Staff

Our research concentrates on five key areas of Physics: Advanced Instrumentation, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, and Elementary Particle Theory. Durham has the largest Particle Theory group in the UK. The department is very strong in Astronomy and Astrophysics, from the design of giant telescopes to computational cosmology; our research group on galaxy evolution is the largest in Europe and a major user of the Hubble Space Telescope and other space-based observatories.The department hosts two EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces and Fusion Science and Technology.

In a recent survey for "impact factors" (citations per paper published) we were ranked top in Astrophysics and third overall of all UK physics departments. Durham is home to two major research institutes: the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology and the Institute for Computational Cosmology. Staff of these institutes also participate in our undergraduate teaching.

A full list of all our research staff, including their staff profles and contact details, is shown here.

Computing Staff and Experimental Officers


Visiting Professors

Emeritus Staff

Associate Staff