David was appointed SALT Project Scientist in December 1998 and was acting Project Scientist prior to that since the project's inception. He is currently on secondment from the SAAO, where he was a Senior Astronomer. Before his appointment at the SAAO in 1991, David was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Astronomy Department of the University of Cape Town.
His current research interests concentrate on accretion in compact binaries, particularly magnetically confined accretion in magnetic cataclysmic variable stars (mCVs). He has extensive observational experience spanning ground-based photometry, spectroscopy and polarimetry as well as Principal Investigator involvement on X-ray observations conducted by the ROSAT satellite. He led the southern hemisphere identification effort for the ROSAT Wide Field Camera, which conducted the first ever all-sky survey of extreme ultraviolet sources. He also has an interest in SAAO instrumentation, being Instrument Scientist for the fibre-fed high resolution echelle spectrograph, GIRAFFE, and the Two Channel Photo-Polarimeter. He is currently also involved as instrument PI for the SALT Fibre Instrument Feed.
More information can be found at http://www.salt.ac.za/about/people-partners/operations-team/david-buckley/