Thomas M. Hughes 舒大同

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Welcome to the website of Tom Hughes, 舒大同. Here you will find information on my recent professional activities, personal interests, and science blog.

me, myself and I

Astrophysicist & Data Scientist

I'm a flexible, highly-adaptable scientist with the confidence in my knowledge and skills to manage international projects.

Since 2007, I have been a professional astrophysicist working in extragalactic astronomy using state-of-the-art observatories to build large, multiwavelength datasets that explore star formation and chemical evolution in galaxies near and far.

Most recently, I held a joint fellowship position between the University of Valparaiso and the University of Science and Technology of China, and held the role of Chair of the Time Allocation Committee for the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment Telescope.

Adapting to challenges in my personal life due to Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, I am now seeking new opportunities in the UK that utilises my scientific background and experience.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or hiring opportunities.

Facts

published research articles in leading journals, including 7 produced as first author.

literature citations according to Google Scholar and Researchgate

years of programming experience using VB, Fortran, C++, R and Python

taught science lessons delivered to over 400 pupils in UK secondary schools

total funding awards from STFC, Kalvi Foundation and Chinese Academy of Sciences

oral presentations at major international conferences with up to 600 attendees

hours spent underwater scuba diving, including 7 shipwreck penetration dives

earthquake magnitude that made my life flash before my eyes

Latest Posts


MethylCal: Results published in FASEB

| posted on 18/08/2017

New results from our interdisciplinary work are now online. The recently published article, entitled “Transcriptomic and epigenetic regulation of disuse atrophy and return to activity in skeletal muscle“, by Dr. Andrew Fisher, Dr. Robert Seaborne, et al., investigates the transcriptome … Read more


Award of the China-Chile Fellowship

| posted on 01/08/2017

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


Observing at APEX (Run #2)

| posted on 01/06/2017

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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Xinhua journalists

Interview with Xinhua News Agency

- 25th September 2019 @ Valparaiso, Chile

I was interviewed by journalists from Xinhua News Agency as part of a segment on China-Chile collaboration and the need for international cooperation in astronomy.

JCMT

Observing run at the JCMT

- 17th - 25th August 2019 @ Mauna Kea, USA

Despite anti-TMT protests closing facilities for some time, I was fortunate to observe for the HASHTAG team using SCUBA-2 on the James Clark Maxwell Telescope.

USTC

China-Chile: visit to USTC

- 15th - 23rd April 2019 @ Hefei, China

A pleasant week spent working in the department and meeting colleagues at USTC, aiming to develop future post-fellowship collaborations.

KASI

Collaborative visit to KASI

- 16th - 24th February 2019 @ Daejeon, South Korea

I visited my friend and colleague Prof. Rory Smith at the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute to discuss a new project based on some of the VALES MUSE observations.

The Seasons

Teaching about the Universe

- 8th February 2019 @ Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Despite anti-TMT protests closing facilities for some time, I was fortunate to observe for the HASHTAG team using SCUBA-2 on the James Clark Maxwell Telescope.

APEX TAC President

Election to President of APEX TAC

- 20th December 2018 @ Santiago, Chile

During the recent meeting, I was thrilled to be elected President of the Chilean APEX Time Allocation Committee and am looking forward to assuming this responsibility for the next two years.

APEX telescope

Observing run at APEX

- 21st-31st August 2018 @ San Pedro, Chile

Observed again for the Chilean community and my own project: simultaneously observing two CO transitions using FLASH on APEX to trace physical conditions in the ISM of low-z galaxies.

Cerro Calan

China-Chile: pogress talk at CASSACA

- 13th July 2018 @ Cerro Calan, Chile

I gave a talk on physical conditions in star-forming galaxies - my analysis of far-infrared spectroscopy of NGC 2403, VALES-MUSE data reduction, and the study of the Cosmic Seagull.

APEX telescope

Observing run at APEX

- 14th-21st April 2018 @ San Pedro, Chile

Observed for the Chilean community and my own project: simultaneously observing two CO transitions using FLASH on APEX to trace physical conditions in the interstellar medium of low redshift galaxies.

Ringberg meeting

Science with the Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment

- 11th-14th March 2018 @ Tegernsee, Germany

I gave a talk presenting the hottest new results from VALES: an apparent smooth transition in the star formation efficiency from normal to starburst galaxies. VALES IV is now on Arxiv.

JCMT

Observing run at the JCMT

- 21st October - 6th November 2017 @ Mauna Kea, USA

I contributed to observing for the HASHTAG large program at the James Clark Maxwell Telescope and afterwards gave a seminar on my work at the East Asian Observatory.

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Educated in the UK, employed by the world.

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Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Science

2018 - 2019

The University of Nottingham, UK

Passed with Distinction. Awarded the university's Postgradute Academic Excellence Award 2019 for placing in the top 3% of graduates. Conducted a masters level research project with data analysis in Python/Pandas.

Chartered Physicist Status

2014 - Present

Insitute of Physics, UK

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Doctor of Philosophy

2007 - 2010

Cardiff University, UK

Awarded for my research on star formation and chemical evolution in nearby galaxies. Produced scientific results for publication. Developed data science skills (cleaning, wrangling, analytics) in Fortran, C++, Python.

Master in Science, Physics and Astrophysics

2003 - 2007

The University of Birmingham, UK

Graduated 2:1 with Honours, including courses in mathematics, statistics and programming (Fortran, C++). Group research project leader of 25 peers, President of Poynting Physics Society, member of staff-student committee.

Professional Experience

Chair of APEX Time Allocation Committee

05/2018 - Present

Atacama Pathfinder Experiment Telescope, Chile (Remote from UK)

  • Lead in the evaluation process for deciding which proposed projects to award observing time.
  • Assign proposals to expert committee members and provide counsel on all aspects of the project.
  • Chair committee meetings both in person or via Zoom and facilitate the discussion of the evaluations.
  • Produce final reports documenting the committee decisions sent to all investigators and stakeholders.
Oversee the efficient use of production project budgets ranging from $2,000 - $25,000

China-Chile Research Fellow

08/2016 - Present

University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

  • Developed numerous marketing programs (logos, brochures,infographics, presentations, and advertisements).
  • Managed up to 5 projects or tasks at a given time while under pressure
  • Recommended and consulted with clients on the most appropriate graphic design
  • Created 4+ design presentations and proposals a month for clients and account managers

Research Fellow/Scientist

09/2015 - Present

Institute of Physics and Astronomy, University of Valparaiso, Chile

  • Developed numerous marketing programs (logos, brochures,infographics, presentations, and advertisements).
  • Managed up to 5 projects or tasks at a given time while under pressure
  • Recommended and consulted with clients on the most appropriate graphic design
  • Created 4+ design presentations and proposals a month for clients and account managers

Research Scientist

02/2013 - 07/2015

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ghent University, Belgium

  • Developed numerous marketing programs (logos, brochures,infographics, presentations, and advertisements).
  • Managed up to 5 projects or tasks at a given time while under pressure
  • Recommended and consulted with clients on the most appropriate graphic design
  • Created 4+ design presentations and proposals a month for clients and account managers

Kavli Research Fellow

01/2011 - 12/2012

Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University, China

  • Developed numerous marketing programs (logos, brochures,infographics, presentations, and advertisements).
  • Managed up to 5 projects or tasks at a given time while under pressure
  • Recommended and consulted with clients on the most appropriate graphic design
  • Created 4+ design presentations and proposals a month for clients and account managers

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