Work Experience

2015 - Present

Postdoctoral Fellow

Topic: GRBs and Magnetars

2012 - 2015

CITA Postdoctoral Fellow

Topic: Relativistic plasmas and GRBs



PhD in Astrophysics

University of British Columbia

Thesis: Astrophysical Plasmas Near Strongly Magnetized Compact Objects

Advisor: Prof. Jeremy Heyl


BSc (Hons.) in Physics and Astronomy

University of British Columbia

Honors Thesis: The Birthrate of Magnetars

Advisor: Prof. Jeremy Heyl


  1. Observatory science with eXTP
    eXTP Collaboration, 2019, SCPMA, 62, 42
  2. Off-Axis Emission of Short GRB Jets from Double Neutron Star Mergers and GRB 170817A
    Granot, J., Gill, R., Guetta, D., & De Colle, F. 2018, MNRAS, 481, 1597
  3. The Bright and the Slow -- GRBs 100724B & 160509A with High-energy Cutoffs at < 100 MeV
    Vianello, G., Gill, R., Granot, J., Omodei, N., Cohen-Tanugi, J., & Longo, F. 2018, ApJ, 864, 163
  4. Afterglow Imaging and Polarization of Misaligned Structured GRB Jets and Cocoons: Breaking the Degeneracy in GRB 170817A
    Gill, R. & Granot, J. 2018, MNRAS, 478, 4128
  5. The Effect of Pair Cascades on the High-Energy Spectral Cutoff in Gamma-Ray Bursts
    Gill, R. & Granot, J. 2018, MNRAS Letters, 475, 1
  6. 2D Relativistic MHD Simulations of the Kruskal-Schwarzschild Instability in a Relativistic Striped Wind
    Gill, R., Granot, J., & Lyubarsky, Y. 2018, MNRAS, 474, 3535
  7. Fermi-LAT Observations of LIGO / Virgo Event GW170817
    Ajello, M. et al. (+ Gill, R. +), 2018, ApJ, 861, 85
  8. Lessons from the short GRB170817A -- the First Gravitational Wave Detection of a Binary Neutron Star Merger
    Granot, J., Guetta, D., & Gill, R. 2017, ApJL, 850, 24
  9. X-ray and radio observations of the magnetar SGR J1935+2154 during its 2014, 2015, and 2016 outbursts
    Younes, G. et al. (+ Gill, R. +), 2017, ApJ, 847, 15
  10. Burst and Outburst Characteristics of Magnetar 4U 0142+61
    Gogus, E., Lin, L., Roberts, O. J., Chakraborty, M., Kaneko, Y., Gill, R., Granot, J., van der Horst, A. J., Watts, A. L., Baring, M., Kouveliotou, C., Huppenkothen, D., & Younes, G., 2017, ApJ, 835, 68
  11. Learning About the Magnetar Swift J1834.9-0846 from its Wind Nebula
    Granot, J., Gill, R., Younes, G., Gelfand, J., Harding, A., Kouveliotou, C., & Baring, M. G., 2017, MNRAS, 464, 4895
  12. Searching the Gamma-ray Sky for Counterparts to Gravitational Wave Sources: Fermi GBM and LAT Observations of LVT151012 and GW151226
    Fermi-Collaboration (+ Gill, R. +), 2017, ApJ, 835, 82
  13. A Unified Model for GRB Prompt Emission from Optical to Gamma-Rays; a New Type of Standard Candle
    Guiriec, S., Kouveliotou, C., Hartmann, D. H., Granot, J., Asano, K., Meszaros, P., Gill, R., Gehrels, N., & McEnery, J., 2016, ApJL, 831, 8
  14. The wind nebula around magnetar Swift J1834.9-0846
    Younes, G., Kouveliotou, C., Kargaltsev, O., Gill, R., Granot, J., Watts, A. L., Gelfand, J., Baring, M. G., Harding, A., Pavlov, G. G., van der Horst, A. J., Huppenkothen, D., Göğüş, E., Lin, L., & Roberts, O. J., 2016, ApJ, 824, 138
  15. Pulse Structure of Hot Electromagnetic Outflows with Embedded Baryons
    Thompson, C., & Gill, R. 2014, ArXiv:1406.5239
  16. Non-thermal Gamma-ray Emission from Delayed Pair Breakdown in a Magnetized and Photon-rich Outflow
    Gill, R., & Thompson, C. 2014, ApJ, 796, 81
  17. Hot Electromagnetic Outflows. III. Displaced Fireball in a Strong Magnetic Field
    Thompson, C., & Gill, R. 2014, ApJ, 791, 30
  18. Statistical ages and the cooling rate of X-ray dim isolated neutron stars
    Gill, R., & Heyl, J. 2013, MNRAS, 435, 3243
  19. Constraining the photon-axion coupling constant with magnetic white dwarfs
    Gill, R., & Heyl, J. 2011, PRD, 84, 085001
  20. Cosmic Rays from Pulsars and Magnetars
    Heyl, J., Gill, R., & Hernquist, L. 2010, MNRAS, 406, L25
  21. On the trigger mechanisms for SGR giant flares
    Gill, R., & Heyl, J. 2010, MNRAS, 407, 1926
  22. Dispersion Relations for Bernstein Waves in a Relativistic Pair Plasma
    Gill, R., & Heyl, J. 2009, PRE, 80, 036407
  23. The Birthrate of Magnetars
    Gill, R., & Heyl, J. 2007, MNRAS, 381, 52



  • Open University Fellowship
  • Outstanding Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship (OUI)
  • CITA Fellowship
  • NSERC CGS Doctoral Fellowship (UBC)
  • Four Year Fellowship (UBC)
  • Graduate Entrance Scholarship (UBC)

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