Dr Chris Symonds


I began my academic career in the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds in 2012, where I  began a PhD in computational chemistry under the supervision of Prof D Shalashilin with a focus on modelling the quantum dynamics of molecular interactions, having previously completed an Integrated Masters in Physics with a spacialism in quantum computation. On completion of my PhD I continued in the same group for a further three years as a postdoctoral researcher, pioneering the simulation of quantum direct dynamics using the Multiconfigurational Ehrenfest method and carrying out computational tests of sampling methods and improvements in the handling of trajectory basis sets.

On leaving the School of Chemistry in January 2019 I joined the School of Earth and Environment in my current position as a Software Development Scientist in the Centre for Environmental Modelling and Computation (CEMAC). In this role I have applied and expanded my computational skills, working on a range of projects including creating Rose suites to run perturbed parameter ensembles with the Met Office Unified Model, data assimilation, and creation of data exploration tools using a range of computational tools and languages.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Computational Chemistry, University of Leeds 2016
  • MPhys Physics, University of Leeds 2012