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Miss Jessie Durk


Research Student

Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 502


During my 1st year as a PhD student I taught 1st year undergraduate Classical mechanics and Special Relativity problem classes and marked weekly courseworks, as well as invigilated exams.


Research Interests:

I'm a second year PhD student at Queen Mary working with Dr. Timothy Clifton. My interests are in theoretical cosmology and applications of general relativity to cosmology. My research uses exact solutions of the Einstein field equations to analytically construct inhomogeneous cosmological models in order to compare them to FLRW universes. This is to investigate the role of small scale inhomogeneities on large scale structure and late time behaviour. So far I have generalised existing work by considering a cosmological constant and its implications as well as the role of structure formation and interaction energies.


1. J. Durk, T. Clifton, Exact Initial Data for Black Hole Universes with a Cosmological Constant, Class. Quant. Grav 34 065009 (2017), arxiv:1610.05635.

2. R. Bibi, T. Clifton, J. Durk, Cosmological Solutions with Charged Black Holes, arxiv:1705.01892.

Public Engagement

I am passionate about science communication, whether it is through more formal teaching (outreach) or informally talking to members of the public about my research (public engagement).

Currently I work as the STFC Astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, and have been in this role since October 2016. I deliver masterclasses to secondary school students on a variety of topics, such as stellar evolution and observational astronomy. Within these I also briefly talk about my own research. I also deliver careers workshops, predominantly for Key Stage 3 students where we discuss the careers physicists can have as well as stereotypes surrounding who/what a physicist is/does. An exciting part of this role is also to deliver Planetarium shows in the Peter Harrison Planetarium, where I have recently learnt to present 3 shows: Sky Tonight, Meet the Neighbours and Solar System Galaxy and Universe.

For more of my endeavours please see my CV.

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