Joanna Leng - my web-log

Joanna Leng's CV

A Computational Scientist and Visualization Expert, with a strong background in physics, biology and engineering, who excels at translating technological concepts into software solutions. An inclusive leader and team member who is experienced in building multi-disciplinary collaborations: Suited to a R&D environment and looking for new projects.


2018 - Onwards     EPSRC RSE Fellow                                        University of Leeds

Independently funded as a Research Software Engineer to work with imaging scientists to develop software to simplify workflow by analysing and presenting imaging data. This fellowship is partnered with 2 national facilities, Diamond Light Source and SuperSTEM. A second thread is for building the RSE community and develop training

2015-2018               HPC User Support                                        University of Leeds

Working in Advanced Research Computing to support HPC users – initially part time. Answer user questions via email; monitor systems for problems; meet users to educate them on computational issues such as redesigning algorithms or redesigning data structures or co-supervising an MSc student to MPI and OpenMP parallelize code; hold network meetings and deliver training. Development of the service strategy.

2013-2014               Research Fellow                                            University of Leeds

Research fellow in Medical and Biological Engineering working as a computational biomechanical engineer. Developed a dynamic model of edge loading in the artificial hip in Adams software. Led the computational group meetings proactively to encourage a broader understanding of the context of computational science and improve practical skills.

2013-2014               Career Break

Career break with caring responsibilities during this time. Wrote 4 chapters for 3 books, edited the book "Handbook of Research on Computational Science and Engineering: Theory and Practice" and a tutorial for SuperComputing 2011.

1996-2008               Senior HPC and Visualisation Engineer            University of Manchester

Worked in the Research Computing Services group with the HPC services, visualization and grid teams. Worked in collaborative teams within and across groups to successfully complete various research projects.

1991-1996               Laboratory Technician                                 Blood Transfusion Service

Trained and qualified as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer (MLSO). Responsible for all areas of blood product production and testing - working as a team and individually to high precision.


PG Cert in Innovation Management
University of Leeds 2015
Used the principals of critical self-directed learning and action learning to understand workplace issues and use the management literature to solve them within an iterative cycle of learning.

PhD in Computer Science
University of Manchester 2006
The dissertation was titled ’A Visualization Toolkit for Solar Physicists’.

MSc in Computer Science
University of Manchester 1996
The dissertation was titled ’Volume Visualization of Third Trimester Placenta’.

BTec in Computer Studies
Park Lane College, Leeds 1992

BSc (Hons) in Biophysics
University of Leeds 1989
A four year course with 4 years of biophysics, 2 years of physics and 1 year of each Maths, Chemistry and Microbiology.


Coursera version of Stanford Introduction to Artificial Intelligence December 2011

Coursera version of Stanford Human Computer Interaction - August 2012



Computer Visualisation

High Performance Computing (HPC)

Software Web Development


Relationship Building

Teaching and Dissemination


Full details of publications is available from, and includes editing 1 book and writing 6 chapters for books, over 20 papers, 5 posters, 12 technical reports, 6 articles for newsletters and 1 article for an important magazine (Computer Graphics World).


Hobbies include music, exercise, crafts and photography. Exercises that I particularly enjoy are Yoga and swimming. Recently I joined an art meets science group called The Superposition. Through that I have set up a LeedsBio group that is part of citizen science and organises DIYbio activities such as guerrilla experiments in a pub and running a biology stall at local markets.

Last updated by Joanna Leng on the 20th of December 2014.