Studied mathematics at the University of St Andrews, obtaining a PhD in pure mathematics (combinatorial group and semigroup theory) in 2006, under the supervision of Prof Nik Ruškuc. Spent two years as a Research Fellow in the Logic Group at the University of Leeds working with Prof John Truss and Prof Dugald Macpherson on an EPSRC funded project in infinite combinatorics and model theory. Went on to win a personal EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (Project reference: EP/E043194/1) held for two years at the University of St Andrews (2008—2010), where he was the principal investigator leading a project in combinatorial semigroup theory. In 2010 moved to work at the Centre of Algebra of the University of Lisbon where he held a personal five year FCT Ciência 2008 Research Fellowship. In 2013 he was appointed at the University of East Anglia as a Lecturer in Pure Mathematics. He is involved in research in several areas of algebra and combinatorics including topics in: geometric and combinatorial group and semigroup theory, algebraic graph theory, finite and infinite permutation groups, homogeneous structures in the model-theoretic sense, and interactions between these areas via the study of groups and semigroups acting on geometric, algebraic and combinatorial objects. He is currently lecturing the second year Ring Theory course, and the first year course Sets, Numbers and Probability. He is supervising three undergraduate projects, one MMath project, and is co-supervising (with Prof David Evans) a PhD student who is investigating endomorphisms and automorphisms of homogeneous structures.


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  • ·         2006–2008: Research Fellow, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds, UK. Member of the Leeds Logic Group working on the EPSRC funded project “Homogeneous structures, bipartite graphs, and partial orders”.
  • ·         2008–2010: EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, UK.
  • ·         2010—2013: FCT Ciência 2008 Research Fellow, Centre of Algebra of the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • ·         2013—present: Lecturer in Pure Mathematics, University of East Anglia, UK

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