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Dr Timo Laitinen

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
School of Natural Sciences

Timo has been a post-doctoral research associate at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute (JHI) in UCLan since 2010, and is a member of the JHI's solar physics research group. Previously, he worked as a University Lecturer in Turku, Finland, and he has worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Finland and Germany. He works on the modelling of energetic particle transport in the heliosphere, has experience in energetic particle observations, and is involved in space-borne missions.

Timo’s current role is research-based and includes teaching tasks. He has published widely in both modelling and observational research of Solar Energetic Particles, and has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles in internationally established scientific journals and given over 10 invited and over 50 contributed conference presentations. He has also supervised BSc and MPhys student projects, as well as taught BSc students in Mathematics and Astronomy courses.

Timo has a long experience on academic work and heliophysics research. He joined the principal investigator team of the ERNE particle detector, onboard SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) spacecraft, before the launch of the spacecraft, as an undergraduate in 1995 at University of Turku, Finland, and also was a member of the ground support team of the antimatter detector project AMS, lead by CERN, in 1998. He did his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Turku on theoretical aspects of solar energetic particle acceleration and propagation. Subsequently he held post-doctoral positions in Turku and Bochum, Germany, before starting as junior, later senior lecturer (both fixed term) in Turku (2005-2010). After this, he joined UCLan in 2010. Timo has taught undergraduate and post-graduate students in Finland and at UCLan, in Physics, Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mathematics. He has supervised several Ph.D. and M.Sc. theses in Finland, and several undergraduate students at UCLan. At UCLan he is a member of the Mathematics, Astrophysics and Astronomy Distance Learning course teams, and has taught in the Mathematics programme since 2011. He has written Mathematics teaching material and is currently working on astrophysics and distance learning material. He is also investigating online tools for distance learning. During his career, Timo has contributed to scientific literature as author, reviewer and editor. He was a scientific editor of peer-reviewed journal ASTRA (Astrophysics and Space Sciences Transactions) in 2005-2013, and reviews regularly articles submitted to peer-reviewed journals. He has also reviewed funding proposals for NASA and NSF(USA) as grant panellist and individual proposal reviewer. Timo has given several public outreach talks both in Finland and UK, contributed to outreach texts in newspapers and scientific and outreach websites, and participated UCLan public outreach events.

  • PhD Physics,University of Turku, Finland,2003
  • UK Professional Standards Framework D2, University of Central Lancashire, 2016
  • Docent (Habilitation) in Space Physics, University of Turku, Finland, 2008
  • MSc Physics, University of Turku, Finland, 1997
  • Heliophysics
  • Space Physics
  • Space Weather
  • Member Science Overview Committee for Lagrange Space Weather Mission
  • Docent, University of Turku, Finland
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of American Geophysical Union