Dr John Veitch MSci, FRAS, MInstP


STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow

School of Physics and Astronomy

Dr John Veitch

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 6451

Fax +44 (0) 121 414 3722

Email j.veitch@bham.ac.uk

Twitter @JohnVeitch

School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


John Veitch is a researcher in the gravitational physics group, working on gravitational wave searches and parameter estimation for compact binary systems. John has been active in the LIGO and Virgo experiments since 2003, where he has developed novel methods of data analysis to measure the properties of compact binaries and probe General Relativity.


  • PhD in Astronomy, University of Glasgow, 2008
  • MSci in Physics, University of Glasgow, 2003


John Veitch received his MSci in Physics from the University of Glasgow before obtaining a PhD in Astronomy with the Institute for Gravitational Research at Glasgow. He went on to postdoctoral research in Birmingham, Cardiff and Amsterdam, before returning to Birmingham with an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship in 2014.


  • Studying the properties of Neutron Star and Black Hole binaries with gravitational waves.
  • Testing General Relativity in the strong field
  • Development of methods for astrophysical inference

Other activities

  • Member of Institute of Physics (2008)
  • Member of International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (2013)
  • Member of Royal Astronomical Society (2014)


  • C. Messenger & J. Veitch “Avoiding selection bias in gravitational wave astronomy” New J. Phys. 15 (2013)
  • LIGO and Virgo Collaborations “Parameter estimation for compact binary coalescence signals with the first generation gravitationalwave detector network”, Phys. Rev. D 88 (2013)
  • T. G. F. Li, et al “Towards a generic test of the strong field dynamics of general relativity using compact binary coalescence” Phys. Rev. D 85 (2012)
  • J. Veitch et al “Estimating parameters of coalescing compact binaries with proposed advanced detector networks” Phys. Rev. D 85 (2012)
  • S. Gossan, J. Veitch & B. Sathyaprakash “Bayesian model selection for testing the nohair theorem with black hole ringdowns” Phys. Rev. D 85 (2012)
  • W. Del Pozzo, J. Veitch & A. Vecchio, “Testing General Relativity using Bayesian model selection: Applications to observations of gravitational waves from compact binary systems” Phys. Rev. D 83 (2011)
  • J. Veitch & A. Vecchio “Bayesian coherent analysis of inspiral gravitational wave signals with a detector network” Phys. Rev. D 81 (2010)

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