School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Staff Profile

Dr Chris Hales

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow


I joined Newcastle University in January 2017 as a Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Fellow in astrophysics.

My main research interests are the exploration of magnetic fields in the tenuous depths of interstellar and intergalactic space, and the development of statistical techniques and theory for interpreting observations of cosmic magnetism. I am an expert radio astronomer.

Public Outreach

Previous Positions

  • Assistant Scientist, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA (2016)
  • Jansky Postdoctoral Fellow, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA (2013-2015)
  • Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, University of Sydney, Australia (2009-2011)
  • Satellite Support Engineer, Optus, Australia (2007-2008)


  • PhD Astrophysics, University of Sydney, Australia (2013)
  • BSc Physics, University of Sydney, Australia (2008, Hon I)
  • BE Aerospace, UNSW, Australia (2005, University Medal & Hon I)


  • Royal Astronomical Society
  • American Astronomical Society
  • Astronomical Society of Australia

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Research Interests

  • Magnetic fields in interstellar and intergalactic space (sub-parsec to cosmic scales)
  • Radio astronomy
  • Galaxy evolution
  • Cosmology
  • Statistics
  • Data and image analysis software

Other Interests

  • Interdisciplinary research (e.g. medical imaging)
  • Psychology and mental health

Large Collaborations




My appointment as a Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Fellow is entirely research based. However, I contribute some lecturing and student supervision within the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • MAS2602 Computing for Mathematics and Statistics (2017, lecturing portion of course on algorithm complexity)
  • PHY3027 BSc Individual Research Project (Michael Lee 2018)
  • Summer Research Project (Nathan Stephenson 2018)

Graduate Teaching

  • Applied Mathematics PhD Reading Module (Amit Seta 2017)