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: Dr. Jeremy Heyl


BSc (Hons.) in Physics and Astronomy

University of British Columbia

Honors Thesis: The Birthrate of Magnetars

Advisor: Dr. Jeremy Heyl


  1. 2D Relativistic MHD Simulations of the Kruskal-Schwarzschild Instability in a Relativistic Striped Wind
    R. Gill, J. Granot, & Y. Lyubarsky, 2017, Submitted to MNRAS
  2. The Bright and the Slow -- GRBs 100724B & 160509A with High-energy Cutoffs at < 100 MeV
    G. Vianello, R. Gill, J. Granot, N. Omodei, J. Cohen-Tanugi, & F. Longo, 2017, Submitted to ApJ
  3. X-ray and radio observations of the magnetar SGR J1935+2154 during its 2014, 2015, and 2016 outbursts
    G. Younes et al. (+ R. Gill +), 2017, Submitted to ApJ
  4. Burst and Outburst Characteristics of Magnetar 4U 0142+61
    E. Gogus, L. Lin, O. J. Roberts, M. Chakraborty, Y. Kaneko, R. Gill, J. Granot, A. J. van der Horst, A. L. Watts, M. Baring, C. Kouveliotou, D. Huppenkothen, G. Younes, 2017, ApJ, 835, 68
  5. Learning About the Magnetar Swift J1834.9-0846 from its Wind Nebula
    J. Granot, R. Gill, G. Younes, J. Gelfand, A. Harding, C. Kouveliotou, and M. G. Baring, 2017, MNRAS, 464, 4895
  6. Searching the Gamma-ray Sky for Counterparts to Gravitational Wave Sources: Fermi GBM and LAT Observations of LVT151012 and GW151226
    Fermi-Collaboration (+ R. Gill +), 2017, ApJ, 835, 82
  7. A Unified Model for GRB Prompt Emission from Optical to Gamma-Rays; a New Type of Standard Candle
    S. Guiriec, C. Kouveliotou, D. H. Hartmann, J. Granot, K. Asano, P. Meszaros, R. Gill, N. Gehrels, J. McEnery, 2016, ApJL, 831, 8
  8. The wind nebula around magnetar Swift J1834.9-0846
    G. Younes, C. Kouveliotou, O. Kargaltsev, R. Gill, J. Granot, A. L. Watts, J. Gelfand, M. G. Baring, A. Harding, G. G. Pavlov, A. J. van der Horst, D. Huppenkothen, E. Göğüş, L. Lin, O. J. Roberts, 2016, ApJ, 824, 138
  9. Pulse Structure of Hot Electromagnetic Outflows with Embedded Baryons
    Thompson, C., & Gill, R. 2014, ArXiv:1406.5239
  10. Non-thermal Gamma-ray Emission from Delayed Pair Breakdown in a Magnetized and Photon-rich Outflow
    Gill, R., & Thompson, C. 2014, ApJ, 796, 81
  11. Hot Electromagnetic Outflows. III. Displaced Fireball in a Strong Magnetic Field
    Thompson, C., & Gill, R. 2014, ApJ, 791, 30
  12. Statistical ages and the cooling rate of X-ray dim isolated neutron stars
    Gill, R., & Heyl, J. 2013, MNRAS, 435, 3243
  13. Constraining the photon-axion coupling constant with magnetic white dwarfs
    Gill, R., & Heyl, J. 2011, PRD, 84, 085001
  14. Cosmic Rays from Pulsars and Magnetars
    Heyl, J., Gill, R., & Hernquist, L. 2010, MNRAS, 406, L25
  15. On the trigger mechanisms for SGR giant flares
    Gill, R., & Heyl, J. 2010, MNRAS, 407, 1926
  16. Dispersion Relations for Bernstein Waves in a Relativistic Pair Plasma
    Gill, R., & Heyl, J. 2009, PRE, 80, 036407
  17. 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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