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     Date Submitted:05-06-2009
     Last Modified:14-06-2009 (02:16)
    Job information
     Current job:Programmer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsjava, parallel programming, c, ESA, java bytecode, earth observation

     Work experience  


    Dates September 2008 - June 2009  

    Occupation or position held Computer programmer 

    Main activities and responsibilities Develop (with Eclipse RCP) a visualization tool, which among other things, allows open many scientific data formats, with special focus in data from Earth Observation missions from ESA. I was involved in all the phases of the software development.

    Develop the binx library ( 100% in java, used to read the Earth Explorer File Format from ESA. 

    Name and address of employer Critical Software, SA 



    Dates September 2007 - June 2008  

    Occupation or position held Computer programmer 

    Main activities and responsibilities Implementation of an failures injector (injecting bytecode inside compiled classes) for applications in Java and a GUI application to create sets of tests. This set of tools are used for the doctoral thesis of Prof. Bruno Cabral of automated of exceptions handling, supervised by Prof. Paulo Marques. 


    Name and address of employer Software and Systems Engineering (SSE) - CISUC 



    Dates July 2006 - June 2007  

    Occupation or position held DEInix's directorship member 

    Main activities and responsibilities Helping and motivate the student's from DEI to use UNIX. 

    Name and address of employer Deinix (Unix's Users Group) 



    Dates May 2006 - August 2006  

    Occupation or position held Computer programmer 

    Main activities and responsibilities Implement distribuited transactions of Microsoft .NET framework on Mono through Google Summer of Code 

    Name and address of employer Novell's Mono Project - and Google 


    Dates September 2005 - September 2006  

    Occupation or position held Portuguese translator 

    Main activities and responsibilities Translate the GUI interface of the eyeOS to portuguese. 

    Name and address of employer eyeOS - 


    Dates September 2005 - May 2006  

    Occupation or position held Coordinator of the programme group 

    Main activities and responsibilities Coordinate and manage the group's Program of the iEntertain event. The group was responsible for choosing and invite speakers, and ensure all the conditions to the speakers. The iEntertain was the biggest event to date organized by DEI, lasted 3 days and was done in the City of Coimbra stadium. 

    Name and address of employer iEntertain (an event about digital entertainment) 



    Dates September 2005 - September 2005  

    Occupation or position held Element of the organization staff 

    Main activities and responsibilities Logistic and security activities during the event. 

    Name and address of employer Portugal Air Show 05 



    Dates August 2004 - August 2004  

    Occupation or position held Volunteer in one institution for aged people 

    Name and address of employer Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Lousã 



    Education and training  


    Dates September 2002   ...

    Title of qualification awarded Master in Informatics Engineering 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Faculty of Science and Techonology of University of Coimbra 



    Dates September 2002 - July 2009  

    Title of qualification awarded Degree in Informatics Engineering 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Faculty of Science and Techonology of University of Coimbra 



    Dates 14 July 2008 - 18 July 2008  

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Developing parallel programs, developing distributed computing applications, analyzing and optimizing application performance. (The Summer Institute in Supercomputing provided by TACC - 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Department of Physics of the University of Coimbra and Texas Advanced Computing Center 



    Dates 21 February 2008 - 21 February 2008  

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Hardening Your Software Projects - Secure Software Engineering 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training CERT-IPN 




    Dates 03 December 2007 - 03 December 2007  

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Mac OS X 10.5 API - Mac OS X Leopard Tech Talk in Lisbon (Europe Roadshow) 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Apple 



    Dates 28 November 2007 - 28 November 2007  

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Mac OS X Server 10.5 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Apple IMC Portugal, Interlog Informática, SA



    Dates January 2003 - May 2003  

    Title of qualification awarded Trainer 

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Teach/give lessons about some subject 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Auchter Consultoria e Formação, Lda. (Certified by IEFP (Employmentand Vocational Training Institute), the Portuguese Public Employment Service (PES)) 



    Dates 1999 - 2002  

    Title of qualification awarded Computer Technician 

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Programming skills (Pascal, C,Visual Basic, Flash) 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Escola Secundária Avelar Brotero 



    Dates 23 March 2001 - 12 April 2001  

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Network configurations 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training ROC Utrecht (Leonardo Da Vinci Programme) 

    Utrecht (Netherlands) 


    Personal skills and competences 


    Social skills and competences Team spirit: I have been involved in various types of team tasks from work groups of school to some summer camp; 

    Adapt to multicultural environments: I have been involved in groups with Spanish (ERASMUS), Romanians (ERASMUS) and Angolans in my university, and with a Romanian co-worker in the Critical Software intership; 


    Organisational skills and competences Leadership: was responsible for a team of 6 elements in the organization of the iEntertain event, and in my last intership, I was considered by my tutor/evaluator the engine of the team.



    Technical skills and competences Knowledge in C, C#, ObjectiveC, Java, Pascal and UML. Light knowledge in Python, Lisp, Eclipse RCP 


    Computer skills and competences Linux user from 2002 to 2006, and Mac OS X user from 2006. 


    Other skills and competences I practise caving and mountain climbing. 


    Driving licence(s) B  


    Additional information


    Three presences in the National Olympiad in Informatic final, where I was classified for two times in fifth place (1999-2002). 

    My main profissional interest are critical systems, space area, parallel computing and HPC.



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