Jon read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and gained a PhD in Space Physics from University College London. After positions at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL, and the Center for Space Physics, Boston University, he moved to the Space Research Centre at Leicester in 2004.
His research interests centre on the physics of optical, UV and X-ray photon, and particle counting detectors for high speed imaging, photon-counting applications in space science and astronomy. He is playing a major role in the development of the SST-2M camera system for the UK consortium of the Cherenkov Telescope Array and is currently involved with UK participation in the proposed ESA ATHENA X-Ray Observatory Mission. His current research themes include: novel materials and techniques for photodetectors (graphene, diamond and atomic layer deposition), multi-channel picosecond photon timing for high content biology, high resolution photon imaging readout techniques, and scene-adaptive digital electronics for high speed photon-counting imaging.
He also has significant knowledge transfer interests focused on translation of detector technologies developed for space into other sectors including; fluorescence lifetime imaging, time-resolved Raman spectroscopy, and atmospheric trace gas analysis using cavity ring down techniques.