Computational Scientist - Alin Marin Elena
19 Feb 2021
- Hal Dodman



​Alin is a computational scientist based at the Daresbury Laboratory and says he loves his job.

Alin Marin Elena headshot

Alin was inspired by his teachers and his own stubborn curiosity to follow a career in science, studying computer science and physics in Romania and Ireland, and graduating with a PhD in Physics in 2013.

Alin has worked in SCD for the past five years and has his expert fingers in many pies, from quantum computing projects or collaborations with industry and academia, to teaching and training others in the use of simulation software developed at the Daresbury Lab.

He is also passionate about encouraging and inspiring young people to become our future scientists. He finds public engagement activities particularly rewarding and loves to “meet kids who are interested in science, and to be able to 'mythbust' about what scientists do".

Asked to describe his work in simple terms he said, “Trying to understand how atoms and molecules behave, but using a computer so there's no danger, pollution or tidying up to do." 

Contact: Dodman, Hal (STFC,RAL,SC)