Jack Atkinson

Scientist, Archer

Curriculum Vitae

A PDF version of my CV as of November 2019 can be found here


2019 - Present: Postdoctoral research assistant
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
Numerical work to improve the forecasting of volcanic ash plumes.
Part of the NERC R4AsH project. Teaching experience supervising students and undergraduate courses.


2015 - 2019
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.
Thesis Title: Laminar analogues of atmospheric vortices
DOI: 10.17863/CAM.49925    –    PDF.

2011 - 2015
BA (First Class) and MEng (Distinction)
Department of Engineering & Peterhouse, University of Cambridge


2019 - Atkinson JW and Davidson PA
The evolution of laminar thermals
Journal of Fluid Mechanics
DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2019.690    –    PDF

2019 - Atkinson JW, Perry, JEG, and Davidson PA
Dynamics of a Trapped Vortex in Rotating Convection
APS Physical Review Fluids
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.074701    –    PDF


Dec. 2019 - Climate and Environment Lunchtime Seminar
‘The evolution of laminar thermals - from blob, to jellyfish, to ring’

Mar. 2018 - British Applied Mathematics Colloquium
‘The dynamics of a trapped vortex in rotating convection’

Feb. 2018 - Peterhouse Graduate Symposium
‘The history of the hurricane’

Sept. 2017 - UK Fluids Conference
‘The evolution of rising thermals’

Aug. 2017 - European Turbulence Conference
‘Rising Thermals - The evolution of buoyant blobs’

Jun. 2017 - CUED Fluid Mechanics Seminars
‘The fluid dynamics of atmospheric vortices’

Oct. 2016 - Peterhouse Graduate Symposium
‘The fluid mechanics of tropical cyclones’

Jun. 2016 - Peterhouse Society Gathering
‘The fluid mechanics of tropical cyclones’


Supervisor - Geography Department Part II Paper 10: Volcanology – Volcanic Plumes
Covering plume generation and structure, tephra deposition, and pyroclastic flows.

Supervisor - Pembroke College and Peterhouse
Engineering IB Paper 7 – Mathematics
Covering topics of Vector calculus, Partial differential equations, probability, and linear algebra.

Co-supervisor of two masters student theses in Geophysical Fluid mechanics

Supervisor - Engineering Department
Part IIA Papers 3C5 (Dynamics) and 3C6 (Vibrations)

Prizes and Awards

2019 - Cambridge Philisophical Society
2 Month Research Studentship to support completion of promising work.

2017 - UKFN
Short Research Visit grant of £800 to fund experimental work in Oxford.

2017 - JFM and UKFN
Best presentation at the 2017 UK Fluids Conference

2017 - Cambridge University Enginnering Department
Best poster at department FETE conference

2016 - Peterhouse
Max Perutz Award of £1000 to fund experimental work as part of PhD

2015 - ISTAT
ISTAT University Foundation Scholarship $6000 to aid undergraduate tuition

2013-2015 - Peterhouse
Routh prize for top BA (2014) and MEng (2015) Engineering result in college
William Heron Scholarship for academic performance

2009-2011 - The Minster School, Southwell
Starkey Scholarship for best A-level results
Eric Roberts Prize for best GCSE results

Key Skills

Programming and software
FORTRAN, Python, Matlab, c++, SQL
Proficient in UNIX (Linux and OSX)
\(\LaTeX\), git, gnuplot, matplotlib, microsoft and open office

English - native
German and French - basic working level (GCSE)

IMechE Associate member
RMetS Student Member

Other Activities and Achievements

Kelvin Club
Organiser of evening science talks at Peterhouse 2013 - 2018

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Bronze, Silver, and Gold award holder

Keen competitor for university and county.
Captain/President, treasurer, webmaster, tournaments, and equipment officer for the university archery club.
Given club contribution award in 2014.
Received BUTTS League Purple Badge recognising significant contribution to student archery in 2018.
Records officer for Cambridgeshire Archery 2017 – 2019
Full Blue athlete for Cambridge University 2019

Keen musician with Grade 8 in French Horn and Grade 6 Piano
Member of various ensembles at school and university


Available upon request