Dr James Urquhart graduated from the University of Sussex in 2001 with an MPhys in Physics and Astrophysics. His PhD research was completed at the University of Kent under the supervision of Professor Glenn J. White, and he graduated in 2005 with a thesis on 'Radio surveys of triggered star formation within bright-rimmed clouds'.
James went on to hold postdoctoral positions at the University of Leeds, UK, the Australia Telescope National Facility in Sydney, Australia and the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany. In 2015, he moved to the University of Kent to take up a lectureship in Physics and Astrophysics.
Dr Urquhart's primary research interest is in the area of massive star formation – an area that underpins many fields in astrophysics; it provides an opportunity to link star formation with the large-scale structure of the Milky Way and obtain a better understanding of star formation in the nearby universe.
Other areas of interest include:
James teaches a range of physics and astrophysics topics including space science and cosmology, thermodynamics and matter, and data analysis techniques.