Dr Philip J Carter

University of Bristol

Curriculum Vitæ

Philip J Carter

Senior Research Associate
Astrophysics Group, School of Physics, H H Wills Physics Laboratory,
University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TL

p.carter (at) bristol.ac.uk

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2024–: Senior Research Associate, School of Physics, University of Bristol
2023–2024: Lecturer, School of Physics, University of Bristol
2021–2023: Senior Research Associate, School of Physics, University of Bristol
2020–2021: Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Davis
2017–2020: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Davis
2014–2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Physics, University of Bristol
2014: Early Career Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick


2010–2014: PhD Physics, University of Warwick
  Thesis title: Estimating the space density of ultracompact binaries
  Supervisors: Prof. Tom Marsh and Dr. Danny Steeghs
2006–2010: MPhys Physics, University of Warwick
  Research project: Self-occultation effects in accretion disc spectra
  Supervisor: Prof. Tom Marsh


2014: Institute of Advanced Study Early Career Fellowship, University of Warwick.
2010: STFC Postgraduate Studentship.


2024: Lecturer: PHYS34011: Galaxies 301, University of Bristol
2024: Lecturer: SCIF10002: Introduction to Coding and Data Analysis for Scientists, University of Bristol
2023: Staff Demonstrator: PHYS39010: Practical Physics 301, University of Bristol
2021–: Staff Demonstrator: PHYS20026: Practical Physics 222, University of Bristol
2022: Guest Lecturer: PHYS10600: Stars & Planets, University of Bristol
2017: Guest Lecturer: GEL 298: Collisional Processes in the Solar System, UC Davis
2014–2017: Lecturer: PHYSM3407: Current Topics: Exoplanets, fourth year physics module, University of Bristol
2010–2014: Laboratory demonstrator: PX271: 2nd year Physics Laboratory, University of Warwick

Outreach and Impact

2022– : Planetary Impacts Community Wiki Editor
2018–2019: UC Davis Picnic Day, Planetary Science exhibits.
2015: Planet formation with a Rasberry Pi, member of the team running a computing workshop as part of an increasing participation course Access to Bristol. University of Bristol.
2015 Collaboration on ‘Space Gallery’ museum exhibits, with At-Bristol (now ‘We the Curious’), and science fact-checking.
2015 Large-scale Visualisation in HPC event, Short talk on visualising astrophysics simulations to various stakeholders at a ‘Digital Bristol’ event.
2014: Computer programming for scientists workshop, member of the team running a workshop for students age 14-15 years, giving an introduction to programming and data recording. Part of a Physics in engineering course held at the University of Warwick


Geochemical Society
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society

Phil Carter speaking at a conference

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