Rafael Alves Batista

Postdoctoral research associate, University of Oxford

Dr Alves Batista's research interests are in ultra-high energy cosmic rays, gamma rays and neutrinos, cosmic magnetic fields and dark matter. He is also interested in physics and astronomy education, and the philosophy of physics.

He is currently working on the "Consolidation of Fine-Tuning" project at Oxford. Broadly speaking, “fine-tuning” is the idea that the laws of physics are such that small changes in fundamental constants or particle masses might render life impossible. He also works in the search for the highest energy particles in the universe, the ultra-high energy cosmic rays, and is interested in understanding the origin and evolution of magnetic fields in the universe.


  • 2015–present
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Oxford


  • 2015 
    University of Hamburg, PhD
  • 2012 
    State University of Campinas, MSc

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Astronomical Society
  • Institute of Physics
  • European Physical Society