Award of the China-Chile Fellowship

I am truly honoured to have been awarded the China-Chile Fellowship. This joint fellowship award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) of Chile grants me numerous, exciting opportunities to … Read more

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Observing at APEX (Run #2)

Check out these 360 degree views of the APEX site on Chajnantor Plataeu! I took the images during my second observing run at APEX using the Google Street View app for the iPhone. You basically have to stand on one … Read more

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How to Move Institutes in Five Easy Steps

I’m finally back to work after moving from Belgium to Chile. I’m thrilled to start a new position as an ALMA-CONYCIT research associate at the Universidad de Valparaiso. Even with the help of past experience, this time moving countries took … Read more

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An emerging sacrifice

Time is flying by, and I now find myself settled into my current position. I’m enjoying my research, working with the UGent group, and living in Ghent (the beer is truly excellent). In short, these days I really cannot complain … Read more

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Tom Hughes, Chartered Physicist

I’m very pleased to be awarded Chartered Physicist status by the Institute of Physics! Chartered Physicist (CPhys) is a professional qualification awarded by the Institute of Physics (IOP). To paraphrase the IOP webpage, CPhys represents the highest standards of professionalism, … Read more

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Aims and aspirations for 2014

Happy New Year! I’ll leave it up to you to decide if this is an early greeting for the Chinese New Year, or I’m just late for the Western one! Although I view the passing of a new year as … Read more

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Day-dreaming of alternate careers

I often play around with the idea of leaving astronomy. To be clear: I love astronomy, I love research, and I enjoy my work. This is especially true since joining the group at UGent. But I’ve noticed that during the … Read more

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Hello world!

  Just writing a quick post – my first post – to say hello! I’m going to start blogging on a weekly basis about astronomy, computing, the daily life of a postdoc, and some stories of my travels. I hope … Read more

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