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Dr Duncan MacLeod

Dr Duncan MacLeod

Senior Research Software Engineer
Gravity Exploration Institute

School of Physics and Astronomy

Room 0.07, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


I am a Senior Research Software Engineer in the Gravity Exploration Institute of the School of Physics and Astronomy. My research targets development of improved user-facing software utilities for accessing, processing, and visualising data from the second-generation of ground-based gravitational-wave detectors, primarily the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). I also support users on the LIGO partition of the Supercomputing Wales Hawk Computing Centre.


I completed a PhD here in Cardiff in 2013, working under Dr (now Prof) Steve Fairhurst on gravitational-wave data analysis methods.

I then moved to Louisiana State University and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the 'LIGO Data Grid', providing software support for the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors. During this time I was moslty in residence at the LIGO Livingston Observatory.

I returned to Cardiff in 2017 as a Sêr Cymru Research Fellow, working on research software in the Cardiff Gravity Exploration Institute.

In 2020 I briefly took on a role as a Research Software Engineer as part of the Supercomputing Wales project, before moving into my current role as a Senior Research Software Engineer.

Academic positions

  • 2020 - present: Senior Research Software Engineer, Gravity Exploration Institute
  • 2020: Research Software Engineer, Gravity Exploration Institute, Cardiff University
  • 2017 - 2020: Sêr Cymru COFUND Fellow, Gravity Exploration Institute, Cardiff University,
  • 2013 - 2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, Louisiana State University

Committees and reviewing

  • Journal reviewer, Classical and Quantum Gravity


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My research involves developing and improving software in support of gravitational physics research, including

  • software development (mainly Python, C, and C++)
  • software packaging and distribution (RPM, Deb, Conda, Pip, ...)
  • optimisation
  • batch software workflows with HTCondor