Dr Parkinson read for his MPhys degree at Brasenose College, Oxford, and joined the research group of Prof. Laura Herz in the Condensed Matter Physics sub-department at the University of Oxford for postgraduate study on ultrafast spectroscopy of organic semiconductor materials. In 2009 he received his DPhil for his thesis entitled ‘Ultrafast Electronic Processes at Nanoscale Organic-Inorganic Semiconductor Interfaces’.
In 2010, Dr Parkinson took a postdoctoral research position in Electronic Materials Engineering at the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) under Prof. Chennupati Jagadish, where he set up an optical spectroscopy sub-group in a large materials science group focused on nanoscale optoelectronic materials. While there, he was awarded an Australian Research Council ‘Discovery Project’ grant to study ultrafast switching devices based on nanowire materials.
In 2013, he returned to the UK to a postdoctoral research position in Oxford using ultrafast spectroscopy to study bio-mimetic molecules synthesised by Prof. Harry Anderson FRS, before joining the Photon Physics group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Photon Science Institute at the University of Manchester as a lecturer in 2015.
In 2020, Dr Parkinson was awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to develop high-throughput correlative microscopic techniques for nano-optoelectronic devices.
Full details can be found on the University of Manchester website.