Chris Duckworth

Chris Duckworth

Data Scientist

University of St Andrews


Data scientist having recently completed a PhD in Astrophysics. I have over 5 years experience in implementing statistical models on various complex datasets (TB scale). Working between several large teams, I have significant experience in simplifying complex concepts for a variety of audiences, and, managing competing priorities. For me, presentation and detail is crucial, and, I am enthusiastic to develop data driven solutions to new problems.


  • Machine Learning
  • Computational Astrophysics
  • Visualisation


  • PhD in Astrophysics, 2020

    University of St Andrews

  • MSci in Theoretical Astrophysics, 2016

    University of Nottingham

Projects on Github

  • Human and ML classifications of galaxy velocity fields
  • Galaxy spin and environment
  • Cosmic web identification in IllustrisTNG

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5+ years experience

Version Control

3+ years experience

Distributed Computing

3+ years experience

Data visualisation

5+ years experience

Teaching and mentoring

Individual development, Small group teaching

Machine learning

Sklearn, Keras, Tensorflow



Research Analyst

Flatiron Institute

Sep 2019 – Feb 2020 New York, USA

Working as part of the Centre for Computational Astrophysics, I condensed TB datasets to understand theoretical galaxy formation

Skills developed: big data, efficient programming, distributed computing


PhD in Astrophysics

University of St Andrews

Sep 2016 – Oct 2020 St Andrews, UK

Combined a variety of large datasets (i.e. different formats and structure) to create statistical models of galaxies formation and determine how they depend on the (dark) matter we can’t see.

Skills developed: big data, python, statistical modelling, data visualisation, concise writing


MSci in Theoretical Astrophysics

University of Nottingham

Sep 2012 – Jun 2016 Nottingham, UK

Range of modules covering image processing, mathematics, programming, statistics, and, extended project work.

Awards: Masters research abroad scholarship, Piazzi Smyth scholarship, BP research scholarship, Sir Peter Mansfield high-achiever scholarship, 1st year academic achievement award