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     Date Submitted:08-06-2012
     Last Modified:17-02-2014 (11:05)
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     Current job:Research Associate in Space Physics
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services,
     KeywordsHardworking, Numerate, Analytical, Logical, Creative, Computing, IDL
    CV

    PROFILE:

     

    An enthusiastic research associate seeking part time opportunities in either IT, financial, educational or office sectors. I have nearly ten years of experience performing high end computing roles in the visualisation and analysis of scientific measurements from space mission instruments.

     

    As a physics graduate and researcher in space science, I enjoy being able to learn new skills, to study and acquire a detailed understanding of topics, applying maths and solving problems. I enjoy working on my own initiative and find great reward when collaborating with others as part of a team. I am friendly and approachable when working with others.

     

    My future goal is to develop a successful career within the space industry.

     

    KEY SKILLS:

     

    Problem Solving

    • The research I have carried through-out my career has required I apply mathematical and physics knowledge to various problems and in the analysis of spacecraft measurements. When developing computer programs for analysis and visualisation of data, I apply understanding of instrument operation and computer algorithms, test and validate computer code and resolve any outstanding errors.

     

    Communication

    • I have a large amount of experience communicating complex work to both non-specialists and experts in a scientific field, for example presenting at international conferences, university seminars and outreach activities.

     

    Team Work

    • I have a friendly, conscientious and hardworking attitude within a team and have been a valued team member on the Mars & Venus Express space missions. For example, I am very approachable and open when colleagues require advice and assistance, have used my knowledge to guide the production of new data products for space instrument software and collaborated with other scientists on various pieces of work.

     

    Time Management

    • I have been responsible for my own programme of research through-out my career and displayed an independent attitude to carry out a mostly self-directed PhD. This involves carefully planning achievable goals and keeping a record on progress on a regular basis, in particular when working towards the deadlines for conference presentations and research proposal applications.

     

    IT SKILLS:

     

    • IDL, Excel, Mathematica, Java, Maple, Matlab, Fortran90, MSWord, Powerpoint, Publisher, Unix operation and Latex.

     

    MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS:

     

    • Obtaining a PhD in Space and Planetary Physics under very difficult circumstances after losing my initial project and continuing research that was almost entirely self-directed.
    • Presenting at internationally recognised conferences and in front of large audiences including world leading scientists in my field.
    • Publishing work in the highly rated research journals Icarus and Planetary and Space Science.
    • Creating the winning sweatshirt design symbolising the space science research of University College London. The design will increase awareness of the organisation well in to the future.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS / EDUCATION:

     

    Sep 2003 - Apr 2009 University College London

    • PhD Space and Planetary Physics

     

    Sep 1998 - Jul 2002 University Of Leicester

    • MPhys Physics with Space Science and Technology: 2.1

     

    Aug 1996 - Jul 1998 Gateway Sixth Form College, Leicester

    • A-Levels Mathematics (A), Chemistry (A), Physics (B)

     

    Aug 1991 - Jul 1996 Judgemeadow Community College, Leicester

    • GCSEs Art (A), Mathematics (B), Science (Bx2), Sociology(B), English Literature (C),

    English Language (C), Geography (C)

     

    EXPERIENCE:

     

    Jan 2013 - Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group, Department of Physics, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

    Research associate

    • I am responsible for research on the electromagnetic coupling between the solar wind, the induced Martian magnetosphere and regions of strong crustal magnetic field on the Martian surface.
    • Duties include data analysis of measurements from ESA’s Mars Express and NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor satellites to explore the effects of the Martian magnetic flux ropes.
    • Preliminary results have been presented at Mars Upper Atmosphere Network (MUAN) Meeting in Boston, 25thApril 2013.

     

    May 2010 - Institutet För Rymdfysik, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden

    Guest Scientist

    • I was responsible for research on the Mars space environment, the Martian ‘mini-magnetospheres’ and analysis of data from the Mars Express space mission.
    • The work resulted in two international conference presentations and a paper entitled “Energy distribution asymmetry of electron precipitation signatures at Mars”.

     

     

     

    Sep 2003 - Department of Space & Climate Physics, University College London, United Kingdom

    PhD Student & Research Assistant

    • I worked as a PhD student and research assistant on the Mars Express and Venus Express space missions using the ASPERA-3 and ASPERA-4 instruments.
    • I provided data analysis through the development and use of computer programs and preparing reports for peer reviewed publications.
    • Also attended team meetings and international conferences to communicate findings through oral and poster presentations.
    • Worked on research proposals part of the 2006-2007 STFC rolling grant.
    • Completed PhD Thesis entitled “The Investigation of Crustal Magnetic Field Signatures at Mars by the Mars Express ASPERA-3 Electron Spectrometer (ELS)”.

     

    Nov 2002 - Badenoch & Clark, Leicester & Leicester City Council

    Administrator

    • I was part of a team that managed the payroll system for Selfridges Ltd UK and then the Leicester City Council.
    • I was responsible for many administrative duties including operating payroll system software, typing and organising documents and dealing with employee queries.
    • I also worked with speed and accuracy under the tight deadlines set by pay dates.

     

    Jul 2001 - Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester

    Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

    • I contributed to university research in developing a scientific instrument, data modelling and analysis using computer programs.

     

    OTHER EXPERIENCE:

     

    • I have experience as an accounts manager of Holmbury St Mary Social Club. During this time I worked confidently and efficiently to manage the financial activities and helping the organisation of social events at the workplace.
    • I have experience giving educational presentations at schools and public events such as the Farnborough Air-show.
    • I have teaching experience from co-supervising undergraduate student summer projects. This involved assisting with directing the development of a web display system and providing instruction on computer programming.

     

    PERSONAL DETAILS:

     

    • Full driving licence and references available on request.


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