A/Prof. Hole holds degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, and completed a PhD on plasma centrifuge physics at the University of Sydney. During 2001-2002 Dr Hole worked for the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority on fusion power on the innovative spherical tokamak concept. From 2003-2004 Dr Hole worked on space plasma physics in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. Since 2005, he has worked with Prof. Dewar of the Plasma Theory Modelling Group at ANU, which A/Prof. Hole now leads.
A/Prof. Hole is the inaugral Chair of the Australian ITER Forum (www.ainse.edu.au/fusion.html), a growing consortium of over 160 scientists and engineers drawn from universities, government research laboratories, private industry and the general public. The Forum seeks to promote the science of fusion energy through advocacy of Australian involvement in the world's largest science project: the next step fusion energy experiment, ITER.
A/Prof. Hole is also Australia's member of the International Fusion Research Council of the IAEA, a member of the Board of Editors for Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vice Chair of the Division of Plasma Physics of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies, and 2010 young scientist of the Commission of Plasma Physics (C16) International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.