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Dr Jason Kirk

Senior Lecturer
School of Natural Sciences

Jason is a research astrophysicist and a member of the physics and astronomy teaching team. His teaching focuses on the Foundation Year of the Mathematics, Physics, and Astrophysics degree programmes (where he is a module tutor and Year Tutor). He also teaches on the distance learning astronomy degree. Jason's research interests include star formation in nearby clouds and galaxies. He supervises students at BSc (Hons), Masters, and PhD level working on projects within those areas.

As the Foundation Year Tutor, Jason helps students monitor their own engagement and deliveries course-specific study skills training. His teaching includes modern physics for the Foundation Year students and digital skills for distance learning students. He also helps supervise astronomy experiments in the third-year laboratory and acts as a supervisor of BSc (Hons) projects on the DL and on-campus degrees (topics including GAIA astrometry and the orbits of solar system objects).

Jason's published research work focuses on the dense cores of interstellar clouds where stars form. This is largely based upon surveys of these clouds in nearby complexes and galaxies. This involves observations from telescopes operating in the far-infrared (Spitzer/Hershel) and submillimeter (JCMT/ALMA) regimes.

Jason was an undergraduate and postgraduate student at Cardiff University. After graduation, he spent three years working at the University of Urbana-Champaign in Illinois, USA as a postdoc working on interferometric studies of star formation with the BIMA array. He then returned to Cardiff as a postdoc in 2005 to work on the development and definition of the Spitzer and Herschel Gould Belt Surveys. Jason started working for UCLan in 2012. He helped develop the physics foundation year which was first taught in 2013-14.

  • PhD Star Formation, Cardiff University, 2002
  • MPhys Astrophysics, Cardiff University, 1998
  • Star formation
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy