Suzie Sheehy

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Suzie Sheehy


Suzie obtained a first class honours degree in physics from the University of Melbourne in her native Australia in 2006, before completing a DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2010. During her DPhil she worked on designing a new type of particle accelerator for cancer treatment using protons and light ions, as part of the 'PAMELA' project.

Suzie was then awarded the prestigious 2010 Brunel Research Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. From 2010 to 2013 she was based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab in the ASTeC Intense Beams Group, where she worked on designing new and challenging high power proton accelerators for future applications, based on the 'Fixed Field Alternating Gradient' accelerator principle.

From 2013 to March 2015 she held the position of Senior Accelerator Physicist with STFC in the ASTeC Intense Beams Group, developing collaborations with various groups in Japan and focusing on a number aspects of fundamental beam physics, novel high intensity hadron accelerators and accelerator characterisation.

She joined Oxford Physics in April 2015 as a joint appointment with STFC/ASTeC to continue working on high power hadron accelerators.

Alongside her research, Suzie is passionate about the promotion and communication of science, for which she has received a number of awards. In 2010 she received the esteemed British Science Association Lord Kelvin Award and the University of Oxford Vice Chancellors Civic Award for her work in presenting science to school and public audiences. Suzie is regularly invited to present lectures at the Royal Institution, Institute of Physics and other venues. In 2014 and 2015 she co-presented large headline shows at the Big Bang Fair to audiences of 1,500 people alongside TV presenter and food writer Stefan Gates.

I teach part of the first year DPhil course in accelerator physics for the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science.

I also lecture at the CERN Accelerator School and in 2015 I am co-ordinating and lecturing at the Fixed Field Alternating Gradient Accelerator School in Japan.

My research interests lie in the areas of particle physics, accelerator physics and their applications including medical and energy applications. At present my research focuses on high power hadron accelerators, and I hold a joint appointment with the ASTeC Intense Beams Group at RAL. At present have two collaborations with Japan with the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute and the University of Hiroshima.