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     Date Submitted:20-05-2011
     Last Modified:24-03-2013 (08:29)
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     Current job:Research Scientist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsremote sensing, data analysis, radiometric correction, software development, image analysis, atmospheric modelling, spectroscopy, radiative transfer, atmospheric corrections.
    CV


    SUMMARY

    I have 20 years of experience in research and software development with a broad range of skills from different industries and academia. I have 5 years of experience as University Lecturer at the Universities of Sydney and Wollongong, Australia. My key skills are remote sensing, climate modelling, radiative transfer, instrumentation, satellite observations, GIS, data analysis, image processing and spectroscopy. I have strong skills in software development in mathematically complex fields. I have a doctorate and Masters in physics with minors in chemistry and biology.


    MAJOR AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE

    • Earth system modelling; atmospheric composition, transport and chemistry; biosphere

    • Radiative transfer, remote sensing, spectroscopy and signal processing

    • Interpretation of satellite observations and processing of satellite raw observations.

    • Computational physics and advanced software development

    • Image processing & image analysis including 3D.

    • Instrumentation and instrumental control

    • Software development in C, C++, Python, Java, FORTRAN, TCL on Linux and Windows.

    • Advanced user of Linux supercomputing clusters

    • Teaching, mentoring, scientific writing


    PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Hands-on person who takes initiative and delivers on time

    • Well-organised and self-driven with attention to detail

    • Team player with a positive attitude.

    • Excellent communication skills


    MANAGEMENT

    Solid skills in managing teams and tasks: As Technology Manager for a bio-technology company, I was responsible for the IT area and all things technical and contributed to the company growth from 10 to 75 employees over a 4 years period. For example, I suggested and implemented a backup power generator which only 2 weeks after completion protected the company from loosing its core assets (frozen & live cell-lines) during a 6 hours power outage. At University I managed industry linkage grants, the development of a new type of spectrometer and have been supervising and mentoring students. In earlier work I noticed inconsistencies in a central remote sensing code from NASA and took the lead in its revision which required perseverance and diplomatic skills. I even participated in 4 Arctic expeditions, thereof one as expedition leader.

    PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

    I am presently working as a climate modeller with the earth system model EC-Earth quantifying the feed-back of changes in soil moisture. I have implemented improved corrections on satellite imagery to allow for higher spatial resolution products such as woody/non-woody vegetation. These annual state-wide products are used routinely in NSW for compliance cases. I co-developped the first lunar FTIR spectrometer which has been operated routinely on Spitsbergen since 1994. I have created a number of instrumental control and user interface software for a nuclear research facility. I lead the development of a prototype delta-sigma Fourier Transform Spectrometer, a copy of which was sold to CSIRO. Real-time signal-processing allows to correct for imperfections in the mechanical movement of the scanning mirror thus improving the quality of the spectra recorded substantially. I developed a software suite for the analysis of atmospheric remote sensing data that is respected internationally as is evident from my consultancy roles. I have also developed proprietary software for electrophoresis gel analysis and DNA sequence matching which all were critical for the successful filing of over 50 patents. I have designed and developed 3D medical imaging software that is being used at Sydney hospitals. It assists clinicians in the identification and quantitative classification of pulmonary diseases and is based on a texture analysis of the lung tissue. I have written scientific and technical reports and user manuals. I am the principal author of a spectroscopic atlas that has been sold in 16 countries.


    FINANCIAL

    I have always kept my projects within budget and delivered on time. I'm experienced at writing competitive grant applications, nationally and internationally.


     

    WORK EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS

    Date:

    Since 2012-03-01

    Company:

    University of Lund, Centre for environmental and climate research

    Title:

    Research Scientist (permanent staff)

    Duties and achievements

    Climate studies with the EC-Earth global climate model within the MERGE project. Participation in the multi-model experiment GLACE-CMIP5 that quantifies the soil moisture feedback in 6 different climate models. Testing of new versions of EC-Earth, coupling with the ecosystem model LPJ-GUESS.

    Date:

    2009-09-15 to 2011-12-31

    Company:

    NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water

    Title:

    Remote Sensing Analyst (permanent staff)

    Duties and achievements

    Developed and implemented software for the radiometric correction of satellite imagery on a supercomputer cluster, processed state-wide annual imagery to derive changes in native vegetation, woody vegetation etc, implemented image enhancement software boosting the spatial resolution on ground from 10m to 2.5m, developed a pseudo-natural colour product from SPOT imagery.

     

     

    Date:

    Apr 2009Sep 2009 full time, Oct 2009 to June 2011 contract work

    Company:

    ANSTO Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

    Title:

    Contractor

    Duties and achievements

    Developed and deployed software for the remote control of scientific instruments in the neutron beam. These included Linux drivers for temperature controllers, gauss-meters and for a superconducting 1 Tesla magnet as well as data logging and data visualisation software for both Linux and Windows platforms. Since Oct 2009 I completed 14 contracts for software development.

     

     

    Date:

    Aug 2006-Mar 2009

    Company:

    The University of Sydney

    Title:

    Research Associate & Lecturer

    Duties and achievements

    Developed and deployed 3D image analysis software for clinical applications, including 3D segmentation, 3D texture analysis and disease classification that is now in use at public hospitals. Teaching of the image analysis course (MCAN5004). Supervision of PhD students.

     

    Date:

    2002-2006

    Company:

    Apollo Life Sciences (Sydney)

    Title:

    Technology Manager

    Duties and achievements

    In my role as technology manager I was responsible for all things technical from back-up generators over cell manipulators down to the last PC. In my scientific role as bio-physicist and senior software developer I worked with human cell-lines that were used to express cytokines and for the transfer of genetic material. For the former I carried out gene sequence analysis and developed a software for electrophoresis gel analysis and for the latter I co-developed a patented single-cell manipulator with built-in electro-porator and wrote large parts of the software for it (GUI, instrument control). I contributed to over 50 successful patent applications.

     

     

    Date:

    1999 - 2002

    Company:

    University of Wollongong

    Title:

    Research Associate & Lecturer

    Duties and achievements

    Analysis of remote sensing data and interpretation with respect to climate change and air pollution. Project manager for a new data acquisition system (real-time data acquisition, signal processing, socket communication and kernel driver development). Reported on the combined observations of local bush-fire plumes as observed from ground and satellite with world-record concentrations of ammonia, methane and life-threatening levels of carbon-monoxide and its implications for fire-fighters and local population. Teaching of atmospheric remote sensing methods (Lecturer).

     

     

    Date:

    1996 - 1998

    Company:

    Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna (Arctic)

    Title:

    Research Scientist

    Duties and achievements

    Modified a commercial FT-spectrometer for lunar-terrestrial spectroscopy allowing to record complete diurnal cycles for the first time in the field. Development of remote sensing software, refining lunar spectroscopy and profile retrieval. Recorded and analysed thousands of terrestrial infra-red spectra and analysed these for the concentration profiles of trace gases relevant to ozone destruction and greenhouse warming. Pioneering work on ozone isotopic measurements providing new insights into ozone formation

     

     

    Date:

    1993 - 1996

    Company:

    Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar & Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany

    Title:

    Research Scientist

    Duties and achievements

    Developed the first lunar absorption FTIR spectrometer with my then supervisor and operated it during polar night. This was a critical contribution to understanding ozone destruction as most satellites are still today blind during polar night. Developed software for remote sensing applications with genuine new modules for lunar-terrestrial spectroscopy and controls for optical instruments. Participation in 4 Arctic expeditions. Analysed and interpreted remote sensing data and published the results in context to ozone destruction and global change.

     

     

    Date:

    1991- 1993

    Company:

    National Institute of Standards and Measurements (PTB), Braunschweig, Germany

    Title:

    Research assistant

    Duties and achievements

    Developed and quantitatively verified a variable very low-dose X-ray radiation standard guided by a self-developed simulation software for general x-ray emitters, suggested and implemented an improved measurement method for testing TVs and medical & industrial x-ray emitters for radiation protection compliance that has become the industry standard in Germany.

     

    Consultancies

    2010/11

    14 contracts with the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) for instrument & remote control software

    2002

    Held an invited workshop on FTIR data analysis at the University of Toronto, Canada

    2002

    Provided training in and carried out the analysis of optical remote sensing data for a Japanese satellite research team (ILAS at NIES, Tsukuba)

    2000

    1999

    Consultant for algorithm development at NASA, Langley VA.

    Consultant for algorithm development at NASA, Langley VA.


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