I've just started an ARC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Sydney. I did my PhD at UNSW at the Australian Defence force Academy campus (no I wasn't in the military!) Following that I spent two years as a postdoc at the Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements (CESR) in Toulouse, France. My second postdoc was at the University of Leicester, where I spent two years as a Catalogue Scientist working for the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton Survey Science Center in a project role.
My general area of expertise is in X-ray astronomy, though lately I've been working with radio data from the ATCA and UV/optical/NIR data from the HST and VLT. I work mostly with data from ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's Swift and Chandra space telescopes. My main area of research is on the class of objects known as ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs), which are extragalactic X-ray sources that are not in the nuclei of their host galaxies, but have luminosities far in excess of the Eddington limit for a stellar mass black hole. I've also done quite a bit of work on X-ray binaries, and from my time working for the XMM SSC I have a pretty decent knowledge of X-ray emission mechanisms from a broad range of astrophysical objects.
My APD project is to hunt for more ULXs in X-ray source catalogues, so if you want to know anything about data mining or the reduction and analysis of X-ray data, feel free to say hello.