Dr. Manodeep Sinha
Senior Research Software Scientist,
ASTRO 3D Centre of Excellence

I am a leader for open and inclusive research communities, and I foster the development of sustainable research infrastructure.

Research Interests

User-friendly, high-performance research software

Today's research critically depends on software. High-quality and high-performance research software increases both the scale and pace of research


Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory

Providing simple interface to access cutting-edge simulations with all observations systematics superimposed

LasDamas Simulations

Many suites of simulations to create better comparisons between theory and data

Galaxy Transformations by Flybys

Flybys occur when two halos pass through each other instead of merging. Such flybys can remove gas from the secondary, and cause bar-formation in both the halos.

Exploring the Galaxy-Halo Connection

We know that galaxies live in dark matter halos but to understand the relation between galaxies and their host halos, we need to dissect the galaxy-halo connection. Do brighter galaxies always live in more massive halos? How do intrinsic halo properties (related to halo assembly) influence the hosted galaxy? How can we connect back from the observed galaxies to the underlying dark matter halo population?

How Reionization progresses based on different physical
					models for the escape fraction of ionizing photons

How does Galaxy Evolution Influence Reionization

We know that reionization was complete by the first billion years. How did the neutral gas become ionized? What were the sources of the ionizing radiation? How does galaxy formation physics influence the beginning, duration, and the end of reionization?


Research Software Engineers - Australia & New Zealand (RSE-AUNZ)

As the founder of the Research Software Engineers (RSE) chapter for Australia and New Zealand, and the current co-chair of the RSE Steering committee. This RSE chapter will create a community for creators and maintainers of quality research software. There are now more than 250 members in the RSE-AUNZ community, and the RSE-AUNZ community is internationally recognised as the peak body for representing RSEs within Australia and New Zealand. The RSE-AUNZ Steering Committee works with both national (e.g., Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Australian eResearch Organisations (AeRO)) and international partners (e.g., ,New Zealand eScience infrastructure (NeSI), Research Software Alliance (ReSA), Society of Research Software Engineering (SocRSE)) to organise face-to-face events in major cities, workshops and panel discussions, as well surveying the community and collaborating on position papers. Recently, ARDC has been actively consulting with the RSE-AUNZ community (both the Steering Committee and the general members) to refine ,Australia's Research Software Agenda.

National Committee for Astronomy (Australian Academy of Science)

I am the inaugural Early- and Mid-Career Forum Representative to the National Committee for Astronomy (NCA) and likely the first person-of-colour to ever be on the NCA. In this role, I have advocated for a more inclusive language on non-academic careers in the Mid-Term Review document (MTR), plus a position paper on the need for a data-scientist role within Astronomy, and consequent recommendations in the MTR. In addition, I single-handedly wrote the NCA’s response to the UNESCO Open Science consultation.


Most PhD students write lots of software during their PhD but they are rarely trained to write software. One-off trainings can serve as a spring-board to introduce new concepts, but a frequently recurring event is essential to aid students in their research progress. Such technical training is also crucial for the researchers since their future jobs are likely to be in non-academic *and* technical roles. Cookies-n-Code is a weekly event at CAS that fills the training gap in technical skills. During Cookies-n-Code we discuss code issues, brainstorm over any ongoing events (e.g., Melbourne Datathon), coding best practices, highlight new tools, showcase personal coding projects, create appealing visualizations, and so on.

Past Chair of the Early Career Chapter of The Astronomical Society of Australia

As the past-Chair of ECR Chapter of the ASA, I have worked for the best interests of the Astronomy ECR community. This included organising an intensive week-long coding training session (SciCoder) in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Nearly a total of 100 researchers attended these three sessions. I organised the 2018 ECR Chapter Mentoring Workshop, which is the only mentoring workshop available to all Australian Astronomers.

Research Outputs

Contact me

If you would like to get in touch with me about research, code, or any other matters, please use any of the following methods.

  • Address

    SA 118, Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
    Swinburne University of Technology,
    Mail Number H29, PO Box 218,
    Hawthorn, VIC 3122,
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