Miss
Laura
Murgatroyd
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Office Phone Number
+441235446880
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Email
laura.murgatroyd@stfc.ac.uk
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Office Location
RAL R116,FirstFloor
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Mobile Phone Number
No

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I joined the graduate scheme in the Scientific Computing Department in 2019, a couple of months after graduating from the University of Birmingham with an MSci Physics degree.

I am now a member of the Computational Biology group, part of which supports CCPi, the Collaborative Computational Project in Tomographic Imaging. I am working on developing an app for processing and reconstructing tomographic X-ray images which will be produced at EPAC (the Extreme Photonics Application Centre), which is currently under construction and due to be operational in 2024. It is exciting to be working on software for an upcoming new facility, and in the process I am learning a lot about X-ray CT and reconstruction methods.

As part of the graduate scheme I did rotations in the Data Science & Technology group, working on an institutional login system for the PSDS website (psds.ac.uk); the Theoretical & Computational Physics group, on software for simulating muon spectroscopy experiments; and the Computational Biology group, working on a GUI for Digital Volume Correlation of X-ray images.

Alongside my day-to-day role, I am also involved with public engagement activities, including the Remote^3 project, which runs activities (often involving lego mindstorm robots) linked to remote exploration of planets. I am looking forward to mentoring a school group to help them design and build a robot to carry out a series of challenges in Boulby Underground Laboratory's Mars yard.​

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