Dr Nichols graduated from the University of Leicester in 1997 with a first class MPhys degree in Physics with Space Science and Technology, and went on to obtain a PhD from the University of Leicester in 2004 under the supervision of Prof. S. H. W. Cowley, on the topic of Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling currents in Jupiter’s middle magnetosphere. From 2004-2006 he held a post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) position at the University of Leicester before leaving for Boston University, Massachusetts, where he held a PDRA post until 2008, working on a large Hubble Space Telescope program of observations of Jupiter’s and Saturn’s ultraviolet (UV) auroras. After returning to a PDRA post at the University of Leicester in 2008 he was awarded a 5-year Science and Technology Facilities Council Advanced Fellowship in 2011, and Dr Nichols continues to work with Hubble Space Telescope data, having been awarded time to observe Jupiter, Saturn, Ganymede, and exoplanet WASP-12b. Dr Nichols was appointed to a lectureship in 2013 and a readership in 2016.
Unfortunately, they don’t let you take observing trips to the Hubble Space Telescope; perhaps the only downside to using the veteran observatory. It is a strange feeling, knowing that this world-renowned and famously oversubscribed facility, perhaps best known for its remarkable images of nebulae and galaxies, is, for a fleeting moment in history, doing […]