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Dr. Rachel Edwards

Rachel Edwards is a Reader in Physics and is a member of the Ultrasound Group, which sits within Condensed Matter Physics. She did her PhD in Oxford before moving to the University of Florida for a year as a visiting research fellow. She moved back to the UK, to Warwick, in 2003 to work as a postdoctoral researcher, and became an academic in 2007.

Rachel's main research interests are in non-contact generation and detection of ultrasound using lasers and electromagnetic acoustic transducers, with applications in non-destructive testing and in low temperature measurements of phase changes in single crystals. She was awarded an ERC Starting Independent Researcher grant a couple of months after starting work as a lecturer, and used this to create a new area of research for the Ultrasound Group.

Rachel is very involved in outreach, and won the 2017 University Award for Public Engagement. She really enjoys talking about physics to school children, and showing them how much fun it can be.

Working at Warwick......

"The department has been very supportive of my career, and the head of the research group and the head of department both encouraged me to apply for lectureships and move from temporary contracts to a permanent position. I have been given lots of help and advice when applying for grants. It is great to now be able to pass on that encouragement and advice to other people in the group and the department."

- Rachel Edwards