Nick Tothill was educated in the UK, graduating with an MA in Physics from Cambridge, an MSc in Radioastronomy from Manchester, and a PhD in Astrophysics from Queen Mary College, University of London. He has worked in Germany (at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy), Canada (St Mary's University), the USA (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), the UK (University of Exeter) and Australia (UNSW).
Along the way, he spent a year at the South Pole, running a radio telescope. He joined WSU in 2011 as a Lecturer in the Computational Astrophysics, Imaging and Simulation group, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015. He became Director of WSU Penrith Observatory in 2018.