Curriculum Vitae

Current Position:

  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate (August 24, 2010 – ), University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), UK


  • Ph.D in Physics (Thesis "Energetic Particle Acceleration and Transport in Wave-heated Solar Wind"), June 2003, University of Turku, Finland
  • M.Sc in Physics (B.Sc+MPhys equivalent, 5 year degree), June 1997, University of Turku, Finland
  • Docent (Habilitation) in Space Physics (requires proven research skills, equivalent of 4-6 refereed manuscripts after the Ph.D degree, and proven teaching skills (evaluated through a sample lecture)), January 2008, University of Turku, Finland
  • UK Professional Standards Framework D2, resulting in Higher Education Academy Fellowship (ref. PR118156), November 2016, University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Finnish University first level Qualifications in University Pedagogy, 25 ECTS credits, July 2011, University of Turku, Finland

Previous Professional Appointments:

  • University of Turku, Space Research Laboratory, Finland
    • Senior Assistant/University Lecturer (equivalent to Senior Lecturer in UK) 2007–2010 (fixed term)
    • Assistant (equivalent to Junior Lecturer in UK) 2005–2007 (fixed term)
    • Academy of Finland Post-Doctoral Researcher 2003–2005
    • Researcher on Space Weather for Antares Programme 2001–2003
    • Graduate student 1997–2001
    • Research assistant 1996–1997
  • Ruhr-University Bochum, Theoretische Physik IV, Germany
    • Post-Doc stipendiate for European Research Training Network PLATON (Plasma Astrophysics: Theory, Observations and Numerics of Heating, Flares and Winds), 2004 January–May
    • PLATON–network Pre-Doc stipendiate, 2001 September–November

Membership in Scientific and Professional Societies:

  • Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow (FHEA)

Commissions of Trust:

  • Scientific Editor for Journal ASTRA (Astrophysics and Space Sciences Transactions), 2005–2013
  • NASA: HSR Particles Grant Panel, 2015
  • NSF (USA): SHINE Grant Panel, 2013; Proposal Reviewer, 2004
  • Scientific Reviewer for Astrophysical Journal, Astrophysical Journal Letters, Space Science Reviews, Advances in Space Research, ASTRA, 2004 --

Scientific Project Leadership:

  • Turku PI for Academy of Finland -funded Helsinki/Turku Consortium "Energetic Particles and Turbulence in Coronal and Heliospheric Plasmas" (EPTUP) , with project #122041 "Plasma turbulence and energetic particles in the inner heliosphere" (PTEPIH), 2008–2011, 171 kEUR
  • Finnish PI for the co-operative project between University of Turku and Ruhr-University Bochum, "Collective Processes in Astrophysical Plasmas: Waves, Heating and Accelerated Particles" (COPAP), 2005 (last year of the project), 3 kEUR
  • Finnish PI for the Finnish-German co-operative project between University of Turku, University of Helsinki, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Kiel and International Universität Bremen, "Interacting Solar and Heliospheric Disturbances and Their Significance for the Transport of Energetic Particles" (IDTRAP), 2006–2009, 16 kEUR
  • Finnish PI for the Finnish-German co-operative project between University of Turku, University of Helsinki, University of Würzburg, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Universität Kiel, "Plasma interactions in Coronal Mass Ejections" (PICME), 2009-2011, 14 kEUR

Professional Experience in Education:

  • Lecturer on ``Electromagnetism'' (Year 2), Turku, Finland, 2007–2010
  • Lecturer on ``Plasma Physics'' (M.Sc. (MPhys. equiv.) level) (including tutorials), Turku, Finland, 2008–2010
  • Module leader for ``Computational Mathematics'', 2014–, UCLan, UK
  • Material and Workshop, LaTeX for Mathematics students on Years 1-3, 2014–, UCLan, UK
  • Mentoring of undergraduate students, Turku, Finland, 2006–2010
  • Tutorials on ``Electromagnetism'', ``Particle Physics'' and ``Astrophysical Shocks'', Turku, Finland, 2003, 2006–2007
  • Tutor for ``Computational Mathematics'', 2011–2014, UCLan, UK
  • Examinations on ``Plasma Physics'' (Master-level) (no lectures), ``Extended Plasma Physics'' (Ph.D. level) (no lectures), Turku, Finland, 2006

Supervised Doctoral Dissertations and other Academic Theses

(as official supervisor)

  • University of Turku, Space Research Laboratory
    • Ph.D. Theses: 2
    • M.Sc. Theses: 8 (6 since 2007)
    • B.Sc. Theses: 4 (one co-supervised)
  • University of Central Lancashire
    • B.Sc. Dissertations: 2 (Astrophysics, Mathematics)
    • MPhys Dissertations: 1 (Astrophysics)

Degreee Examinations

  • Internal Examiner for MSc by Research Thesis (UCLan)
  • External examiner for Ph.D. Thesis (Northwest University, South Africa)

Professional Experience in University Administration

  • Member of the Faculty Council, Turku, Finland, 2010
  • Member of the Department's board for developing the teaching, Turku, Finland 2010
  • Member of the Physics Department Council, Turku, Finland, 2007–2009
  • Member of the Committee for the Degree Program of Physical Sciences, Turku, Finland 1996–1998

Research Activities and Achievements:

The numbers in square brackets refer to the Refereed Journal Articles in the List of Publications.

  • Instrumentation
    • Co-Investigator of LET (Low Energy Telescope) for EPD (Energetic Particle Detector), selected for Solar Orbiter mission, Turku, Finland, 2006-2012
    • Member of the SOHO/ERNE (Energetic and Relativistic Nuclei Experiment) PI team, Turku, Finland, 1996-2010
    • AMS (Antimatter Spectrometer) ground support team 1997–2000
    • IHP/HEX (The Interstellar Heliopause Probe/Heliospheric Explorer) proposal for ESA ``Cosmic Vision 2015–2025'' framework, 2007 [32, 33], Interstellar Probe proposal, 2013
  • Analysis of Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) observations
    • Observational evidence of multiple SEP injections during a solar eruption, and their relation to multiwavelength solar observations [9, 13, 24]
    • Influence of coronal and interplanetary structures on the observed SEP fluxes, including the ability of SEPs to traverse through preceding coronal mass ejections [3-4, 31, 34]
    • Geoeffectiveness of solar eruptions that produce SEPs [ 25 ]
  • SEP, Solar wind and turbulence modelling
    • Concurrent modelling of turbulent solar wind heating and SEP acceleration and propagation, to find mismatch on required turbulence energy to explain the solar wind and SEP observations [17, 20-21, 1 on the Conf. Proc (ref) list]
    • Developing turbulence transport models for use with SEP transport simulations [22, 27]
    • First consistent modelling of SEP acceleration at coronal shocks with time-dependent wave amplification by streaming particles [28, 30, 37, 44, 47; and 2, 3 on the Conf. Proc (ref) list]
    • Full-orbit simulations to model cross-field transport of SEPs
      • Study showing that spatial diffusion approach cannot be used to describe SEP cross-field transport early in the event [43, 53, 55, 57]
      • Study of the effect of structures, nonlinear evolution and scale-dependent anisotropy of turbulence on energetic particle propagation [38, 40]
      • Study of the effects of large-scale magnetic structures in the heliospheric magnetic fields [39, 42, 45, 51, 52, 54]

Conference and Seminar organisation

  • SOC, RAS Specialist meeting on Energetic particles in the heliosphere and their influence on space weather and space climate, London, UK, 2014.
  • SOC, Finnish-German workshop on Collective Processes in Astrophysical Plasmas, Turku, Finland, 2004.
  • Session co-organiser, European Geophysical Union meeting 2016, Session ST 4.3, "Energetic Particles in the Heliosphere and their Influence on Space Weather, Space Climate and the Terrestrial Atmosphere", 2016.
  • Session co-organiser, NAM 2016, session "Particle acceleration and transport from the Sun to the outer heliosphere", 2016.
  • LOC, 22nd European Cosmic Ray Symposium, Turku, Finland, 2010.

Public Outreach:

  • Solar Day presentation, local amateur astronomy society, IHY (International Heliospheric Year) Solar Day, June 2007, Turku, Finland
  • Presentations of Space Research Laboratory's work and research intrerests for various student and general public groups, 2000–2010, University of Turku, Finland
  • UK Solar Physics Nugget \#25, (
  • Talk on ``Observing the Sun'' to school students at Alston Observatory, March 2013, Preston, UK
  • Public talk at the Society for Popular Astronomy Meeting on ``Solar Eruptions and Space Weather'', May 2013, Preston, UK
  • Public talk at the Huddersfield Astronomical and Philosophical Society, on ``Space Weather – Solar Storms from the Sun to the Earth'', September 2013, Huddersfield, UK
  • Public talk at the South Cheshire Astronomical Society, on ``Solar Eruptions and Space Weather'', September 2015, Crewe, UK
  • Newspaper article contribution on aurorae in Lancashire, 2015
  • AstroFest, promoting learning of Astronomy, February 2013–2014 London, UK


  • 57 publications in refereed journals
  • 6 publications in refereed proceedings
  • 14 invited conference and seminar talks
  • 14 publications in non-refereed proceedings
  • 52 contributed oral and poster presentations (only the ones as presenter)
  • H-index: 19 (ISI)