Rachael joined the SSI in September 2019 and is based in the eScience Lab of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. She is passionate about openness, transparency, reproducibility, wellbeing and inclusion in research and STEM.
She was previously a Research Associate at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Postgraduate Researcher at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and Undergraduate Student Intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She received her BSc in Physics from the University of Tennessee and her PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Her research involved observing jets from young stars with next-generation radio telescopes to investigate the physical processes that assemble stars like our Sun.
She is also a SSI Fellow (inaugurated in 2019), FOSTER certified Open Science Trainer, Mozilla Open Leader (Round 4 Project Lead, Round 5 Mentor and Cohort Host), Founder and Organiser for the Manchester chapter of the women in data meetup group HER+Data MCR, member of the first cohort of Tech Future Female Leaders, and TEDx speaker.