Laurence Sabin

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology, University of Guadalajara

Laurence Sabin

I rely on all the experience gained at The University of Manchester to establish new investigation protocols, for data collection and analysis, and in the use of the most recent and powerful telescope facilities.

PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics

From: April 2004 to November 2008

Working in a relatively new field - magnetic fields in low and intermediate mass evolved stars - there is plenty to be done, mostly from an observational point of view. I rely on all the experience gained at The University of Manchester to establish new investigation protocols, for data collection and analysis, and in the use of the most recent and powerful telescope facilities.

My PhD

My PhD involved both theoretical and technical expertise. After my first year at Manchester I was accepted to a support astronomer student program at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes in La Palma, where I learned several observing and data reduction techniques.

I then obtained a Marie Curie Fellowship to work on my thesis at the Institute of Astronomy of the Canary Islands in Tenerife. My last year was dedicated to the data analysis and writing up of my PhD thesis at Manchester.

Current research and teaching

This experience allowed me to be selected for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Autonomous University of Mexico, whose strong groups on Evolved Stars, my field of study, are well established internationally.

My current position is at the University of Guadalajara, where I am doing my second post-doctoral stay to work on a specific theme of Magnetic fields and develop it in Mexico with other collaborators. Alongside my investigation projects, I am teaching Astronomy and Physics to graduate students. I also teach and participate in different outreach projects.

Studying at Manchester

At The University of Manchester it was possible to attend several conferences and workshops. I was able to create a good network of astronomers with different main activities with which I got involved. Finally, encountering numerous students and scientists from all over the world, all sharing the same interests, was inspirational.

Thinking of choosing Physics at Manchester?

The PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at The University of Manchester was a really interesting experience. The mix of strong technical and theoretical approaches I developed during my PhD has proved very useful in my career. The working hours are pretty flexible and there is time for other activities within the department, such as sports and socialising.

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