School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Staff Profile

Dr Nicholas Parker

Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

Background

Roles
  • Director of Postgraduate Studies

Areas of expertise

  • Quantum fluids
  • Mathematical biology
Positions & Qualifications
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, Newcastle University (2016 -) 
  • Honorary Fellow, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Melbourne (2014 -)
  • Lecturer, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Newcastle University (2011-2016)
  • Research Associate, Food Physics group, University of Leeds (2008-11)
  • Canadian-Commonwealth Research Fellow, McMaster University (2007-08)
  • Research Associate, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics group, University of Melbourne (2005-07)
  • Research Associate, Atomic & Molecular Physics group, Durham University (2004-05)
  • PhD, Physics, Durham University (2004)
  • MSci, Theoretical Physics, Durham University (2001)

Esteem Indicators
  • Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports
  • Committee Member, Institute of Physics Computational Physics Group
  • Chartered Physicist
  • Member of the Institute of Physics
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

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Research

Research Interests

Google Scholar

  • Quantum fluids (Bose-Einstein condensates, Bose-Fermi mixtures, solitons, vortices, quantum turbulence, dipolar interactions)
  • Acoustics (acoustic microscopy, medical ultrasound, acoustic propagation in fluids and colloids)
  • Mathematical biology (cell dynamics, disease propagation)
Grants
  • Vortex Reconnections in Trapped Bose-Einstein Condensates, EPSRC, £470,000 (CI, 2017-2020)
  • Superfluid Dynamics of Quantum Ferrofluids, EPSRC First Grant, £125,000 (PI, 2014-2016)
  • Exploring the Global Dynamics of Anaerobic Digestion Processes, Institute for Sustainability Responsive Mode Grant, £10,000 (CI, 10/2014-03/2015) and Follow-on Fund, £2,000 (CI, 2015)
  • Ultrasonic Tape Measure for Fat Cells: Proof of Principle, Royal Society Research Grant, £8,250 (PI, 2013-2014)
  • Statistical Modelling of Ultrasound Measurements in Industrial Process, Newcastle University Higher Education Innovation Fund, £10,000 (CI, 2012)
  • Dynamics of ultracold quantum gases with long-range interactions, Canadian Commonwealth Post-Doctoral Fellowship, CAN$40,000 (PI, 2007-2008) 
Postgraduate Supervision 
  • John Holden (2017 - )
  • Sultan Alyobi (2017 - )
  • Laura Wadkin (2016 -)
  • Thomas Bland (2014 -)
  • Aleksandra Svalova (2014-)
  • George Stagg (2013-2016)
  • Reuben Agbidi (2011-2015)
  • Robert Pattinson (2011-2014)
Staff
  • Dr Luca Galantucci (2017 - )
  • Dr Matthew Edmonds (2014-2016)
  • Dr Robert Pattinson (2014-2015)
  • Dr Ged Cowburn  (2012)
Summer Projects
  • Ryan Doran, Ultracold Bright Solitons (2016)
  • Sophie Harbisher, Microbial Food Chains (2015)
  • Jordan Oakley, Microbial Food Chains (2015)
  • Laura Wadkin, Migration of Stem Cells (2015)
  • Lesley Elliot, Modelling of Stem Cells (2014/2015)
  • Thomas Bland, Distortions in Ultrasound Imaging (2013)


Teaching


Modules taught

  • MAS2803 Fluid Dynamics (2016 - present)
  • MAS3091 Stage 3 Group Project (2013-14)
  • MAS1142/2142 Modelling with Differential Equations (2011-15)
  • MAS2106/3106 Chaos (2012-16)
  • MAS8114: Topics in Modern Applied Mathematics (2012-13)
MMath Supervision
  • Nick Keepfer, Superfluids in Rotating Buckets (2017/18)
  • Jamie Malloy, Dynamics of Bright Solitons (2017/18)
  • Gary Griffiths, Disease Propagation through Forests (2016/17)
  • Charlotte Domjan, Stirring a Superfluid (2016/17)
  • Laura Wadkin, Kinematics of Stem Cells (2015/16)
  • Lesley Elliot, Modelling of Stem Cell Reprogramming (2014/15)
  • Emma Jones, Percolation Theory (2014/15)
  • Emma Johns, Distortions in Ultrasound Imaging (2014/15)
  • Em Rickinson, Point Vortices (2014/15)
  • Imogen Large, Dynamics of Matter-Wave Solitons (2013/14)
  • Thomas Richmond, Dynamics of Matter-Wave Solitons (2012/13)
  • Laura Defty, Obstacles in Superfluids (2012/13)

Publications