Dr Rachael Ainsworth

Research Software Manager

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My expertise lies in the interpretation of radio emission from protostellar systems in nearby star forming regions here in our own Milky Way. My primary research interests include astrophysical jets/outflows, star formation and evolution. I am particularly interested in both very long wavelength and very high angular resolution studies of star formation; the sensitivity of telescopes with these capabilities has drastically improved with the latest generation of instruments.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Long Baseline Radio Interferometry at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. I am also Open Science Champion for the Interferometry Centre of Excellence where I promote, advocate and organise events relating to open science in astronomy. I am also a FOSTER Open Science Trainer - if you would like to organise workshops for open research practices you would like to see promoted within the department, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

I was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) in Ireland where I investigated the radio emission properties of outflows from young, Sun-like stars at very long wavelengths, specifically with LOFAR. Our team was the first to successfully detect a young stellar object (YSO) with LOFAR, extending the spectral energy distribution for a T Tauri star to 2 metres (150 MHz) and constraining physical properties associated with its plasma outflows. I pioneered these studies of YSOs at metre wavelengths using the GMRT during my Ph.D., which I conducted at DIAS under the supervision of Prof. Tom Ray (DIAS) and Prof. Anna Scaife (University of Manchester).

I obtained my B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where I contributed to projects relating to the explosion mechanism of Type Ia Supernovae using the supercomputing facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I also interned at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2008 as part of the NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program.

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