Position: Since November 1st 2008
(and not April 1st this time!), I have been a staff astronomer
at the Very Large Telescope,
Mount Paranal, Chile, operated by the European Southern Observatory.
I am instrument scientist for OMEGACAM, the wide-field imager on Paranal, second insturment scientist for NACO and FLAMES and involved in the CRIRES upgrade project and MOONS. I was previously the instrument scientist responsible for:
CRIRES, which is the VLT cryogenic high-resolution infrared echelle spectrograph.
FLAMES, the multi-fibre facility offered at UT2, Kueyen, and
UVES, the optical echelle spectrograph offered at UT2, Kueyen.
I used to work at Jodrell Bank, be on the dole, was a sys-admin at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, then 4 good years at Queen's University, Belfast, before arriving in Chile in 2002, back to Belfast for 3 years and now back at ESO!.
Research: High velocity clouds, Dwarf Galaxies, ISM and some Magellanic Bridge, Diffuse Interstellar Bands, Runaway stars.
Also remember to have a pre-approved backup programme in case of high winds. If you have any general CRIRES or FLAMES questions please email email@example.com (service mode) or firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com (visitor mode) and we will see what we can do to help!.
Contact info/Phone: +56 (0)9680-16910 (Mobile phone, from within Chile: 680-16910), +56 2 463 3104 (Santiago office, direct line), +56 55 43 5145 (Paranal, switchboard), 5312 (VLT UT1 console Antu), 5322 (VLT UT2 console Kueyen).
Fax: 56 2 463 3001 (Santiago) +56 55 43 5001 (Paranal)
When I am in Europe or the USA my mobile phone number is +44 (0) 7532-104-889
European Southern Observatory,