Following completion of his A Levels at Lincoln Minster School in 2010, he obtained a Second Class (Upper Division) Master in Science degree in Physics, and the Associateship of the Royal College of Science from Imperial College London. During 2013, whilst reading physics as an undergraduate, Alexander became involved with High Energy Physics (HEP) group’s work on the “Phase II Tracking Detector” upgrade for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the future High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Having been awarded a Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) doctoral scholarship with the HEP group at Brunel University London, he has continued work on the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory led “Tracking Detector” upgrade proposal, in addition to working on physics searches involving singly produced “top quarks”.
His experimental responsibilities as a member of the 4000+ strong CMS collaboration have involved undertaking on-call shifts for the High Voltage power supply of the “Electromagnetic Calorimeter” for the “endcap” regions of the detector, offline shifts for the “Tracking Detector”, online shifts for the “Trigger” systems and writing part of the Data Quality Management/Validation software for the newly installed (as of 2017) “Phase I Tracking detector”.
Outside of academic life, Alexander has continued to enjoy singing with the Imperial College Choir (sitting as a committee member during 2013-2014), indulged in being a self-confessed political junkie and travelling (where possible by train, especially if it is steam-hauled).