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Dr. Mark Kennedy


I was born and raised in Tramore, Co. Waterford. I did my undergraduate degree in Astrophysics here in UCC and graduated in 2013. I was then awarded a Naughton Fellowship to undertake a PhD between UCC and the University of Notre Dame in the US, which I completed in 2017 on the topic of accretion processes within magnetic white dwarf binaries. After this, I was awarded a 2 year Newton International Fellowship, which I spent at the University of Manchester, continuing this work on magnetic white dwarfs while expanding my research to include studies of transitional millisecond pulsars. At the end of this fellowship, I was hired by Prof. Rene Breton to be a member of his ERC funded "spiders" group, working on measuring the masses of neutron stars within black widow and red back systems. In 2021, I was awarded a Government of Ireland postdoctoral fellowship, and returned to UCC to start work on the "Invisible Monsters" project, where I am attempting to find the hidden population of black holes using machine learning and next generation all-sky surveys.



See my ADS library ( or ORC-ID ( for my publications.

Professional Activity

I am currently the Communications Officer and Postdoctoral Researcher Representative on the board of the Astronomical Society of Ireland (

Teaching Activity

2021/2022: PY3109 Introduction to Observational Astrophysics

                      PY2106 Introduction to Astrophysics and Special Relativity



Mark Kennedy

Contact Details:


Postdoctoral Researcher



School of Physics

Scoil na Fisice

Room 213 (Physics Office), 2nd floor, Kane Science Building, University College Cork, Ireland.,