Dr Chloe McDaid

Photo of Chloe McDaidUniversity Teacher in Physics

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ShePHERD (Sheffield Physics Higher Education Research & Development)


I joined the department in 2015 as a laboratory teaching associate. I am now a university teaching associate, working part-time following my return from maternity leave.  I am leading the new level 2 physics skills module, teaching in the undergraduate labs and developing content for the programme level approach.  I have also been involved in the development, coordination and delivery of new extended 3rd year project modules, supervised a running group project for the 3rd year Group Industrial Project in Physics (GrIP) module and developed undergraduate laboratory teaching spaces.

I am a member of the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA) team which aims to increase the employability and industrial relevance for university physics graduates. I came to the department following a post as a contract experimental physicist at Smiths Detection where I was part of a research and development team designing and testing an ion mobility spectrometer (Trace-Pro) for trace explosives detection. Prior to that I studied for a mechanical engineering PhD at the University of Sheffield as part of the combustion and flow diagnostics research group, researching visualisation and flow diagnostics in hydrogen and syngas combustion.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), University of Sheffield, 2018

Mathematics and Physics MMath&Phys (Hons) (University of Manchester, 2004-2009)
Mechanical Engineering PhD (University of Sheffield, 2009-2013)


C. McDaid, J. Zhou and Y. Zhang ‘Experimental observations of the complex flame propagations initiated at different locations of an impingement configuration’, Fuel 103 (2013) pp. 783-791.
C. McDaid and Y. Zhang ‘Wall temperature measurements using a thermal imaging camera with temperature dependent emissivity corrections’, Meas. Sci. Technol. 22 (2011) 125503 (8pp).


PHY2300: Physics Skills (module lead)
PHY231: Experimental physics II (module lead)
PHY1001: Motion and Heat

Departmental duties

Member of the Sheffield Physics Higher Education Research and Development (ShePHERD) group.
Head of second year lab.
Working towards senior fellowship of the HEA.
Member of the programme level approach (PLA) working group.