Vijay is a Principal Teaching Fellow in the Department of Physics. He grew up in Durham City and left to read physics at Bristol University, graduating with an MSci in 1998. After a year working on a kibbutz in Israel he moved to Buenos Aires where he taught secondary school science for three years. In 2002 Vijay moved to the University of Liverpool where he stayed for seven years, completing a PhD in geophysics then researching and teaching for a further three years. He joined Imperial in September 2009.