Professor Tim Softley


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Organisation: University of Birmingham
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Tim Softley is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at University of Birmingham. He moved to Birmingham in September 2015 after a period of 25 years at the University of Oxford, where most recently he was Head of Chemistry (2011-2015), Professor of Chemical Physics, and a Tutorial Fellow at Merton College. He also held the position of Associate Head (Academic) of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division at Oxford (2006-2011), and was an elected member of the University Council and its Planning and Resources Allocation Committee (2004-2010).

He was the Senior Proctor of the University 2002-2003. After reading Chemistry at Wadham College Oxford, he moved to Southampton for a PhD (with Alan Carrington), Stanford University in California as a Harkness Fellow for a period of post-doctoral research (with Dick Zare), and then Cambridge University as a Royal Society Research Fellow and Fellow of Darwin College (1987-1990). Tim is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Tim’s current research interests are in the field of Ultracold Chemistry and also in the interaction of laser-excited atoms and molecules with solid surfaces. His experimental programme is funded by EPSRC, and the EU Horizon 2020 programme, and he has collaborators in the US, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria and Denmark as well as the UK (Oxford, Sussex, Durham).