Jas was born in Scotland and completed his Masters in Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, working with Prof. Alan Welch on supraicosahedral metallacarboranes. He then moved on to undertake a PhD at the Australian National University under Prof. Anthony Hill researching main-group (primarily boron, phosphorus and arsenic) organometallic chemistry with late transition metals. In 2015, Jas assumed the position of Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Paul Kruger at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, looking into supramolecular assemblies of early transition metals bearing useful properties, such as heat and light spin-crossover (SCO) and single-molecule magnetism (SMM).
Jas was appointed as a Lecturer and Undergraduate Chemistry Convenor at the ANU in January 2017. His group conducts research into main-group organometallic/supramolecular chemistry.