About Me

Late 2021: I am seeking a new opportunity: having realized that I work best at the intersection of software and research, I plan to switch career and become a full-time research software engineer (instead of being a one incognito 😉).

I am a scientist trying to understand interaction between materials in-silico 1, primarily using ab-initio 2 methods. You can know more about my career here or have a look at my scientific output.

As a part of my work, I spend quite a bit of time with scientific code, both as a user as well as a developer. Consequentially, I consider myself a research software engineer (RSE) and I am committed to the principles of FAIR 3 software. In April 2021, I became a certifed Software Carpentry instructor, by undertaking an Instructor training course 4 in which I learned about pedagogical approaches that are useful when teaching technological tools. Having taught in four Carpentry workshops and helped in seven of them 5, I have grown a lot as an (IT) instructor and I love the feedback I recieve.

Beyond this, I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to podcasts, capturing interesting stuff on camera, and drinking coffee. My small family brings incalculable joy to my life.

In the spare time that remains, I read through reams of Wikipedia articles, generally on topics related to history, religion and economics. My choice of physical activity is running.

As a conscious decision, I have a faltering web-presence beyond this website. I have

And, yes, I am a somewhat-certified human.


1

in-silico: Using computers to solve equations that represent a scientific process e.g. solving equations of motion to find the path of a thrown object. See also, Why are simulations important?

2

ab-initio: From first principles, i.e. without any prior assumptions. The ab-initio methods I use know only about the atoms, and their positions, that constitute a system. From this data, rest of the information (such as properties of the material(s), forces acting on the atoms etc.) is computed.

3

FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable software/data.

4

Thanks to the Software Sustainability Institute of the UK.

5

Plus helped in a CodeRefinery workshop as an exercise leader.