Please email me at robertwtimms[at]gmail[dot]com for a copy of my full CV.


Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

Supervisors: Professors S. Jon Chapman and Colin P. Please

This research focuses on the Mathematical Modelling of Batteries, and is being conducted within the Multi-Scale Mathematical Modelling Fast Start Project of the Faraday Institution.


Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, University of East Anglia (2014-2018)

Thesis Title: Mathematical modelling and investigation of explosive pinch, friction and shear problems.

Supervisors: Dr. R. Purvis, Dr. M. Cooker and Dr. J.P. Curtis.

This work, in collaboration with industry partners AWE, undertakes fundamental mathematical modelling of the reactive response of explosives to a range of mechanical stimuli including pinch, shear, and friction in response to low speed impact or possible thermal loading. A combined analytical and numerical approach is taken, exploiting simplified geometries and small parameters where possible, in order to model a variety of so-called ‘hot spot’ mechanisms. Understanding the mechanisms which have the capability to induce localised temperature increase will aid in the design of safe storage and handling procedures for explosive materials.

Master of Mathematics (MMath) First Class (Honours), University of East Anglia (2010-2014), including a year abroad at the University of Adelaide (2012-2013)

Thesis Title: Vortex Induced Vibrations of Circular Cylinders

Supervisor: Prof. A. Korobkin.

In this project the phenomenon of Vortex Induced Vibrations was studied through the use of semi-empirical models. A number of existing models were reviewed, and an improved model was developed. The motivation for choosing this project came from a wider interest in fluid-structure interactions.

Awards and Funding

  • Faraday Institution Early Career Fellowship Travel Grant, 2019.

  • Award for best paper presentation, 3rd Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium, Swindon, UK, 2017.

  • SCCM Early Career and Student Symposium Travel Award, APS Conference on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter Early Career Symposium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 2017.

  • Award for best paper presentation (runner up), 2nd Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, 2016.

  • Frank Carver Bursary Award, 42nd International Pyrotechnics Society Seminar, Grand Junction, Colorado, USA, 2016.

  • EPSRC iCASE Studentship, partnered with AWE, October 2014 - March 2018.