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     Date Submitted:12-09-2011
     Last Modified:15-09-2011 (01:26)
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     Current job:Research Student
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsOptimization Analysis Fitting Astronomy Astrophysics Statistics Cosmology Teaching Physics ESA-Alpbach


    Personal Bio

    Since 2004, I have been studying in the Exp. Physics Dept. at NUI Maynooth. Most recently while researching for my MSc I have been predominantly focusing on numerical optimisation techniques for the development of an accurate alignment procedure for a near-field scanning system. This work has given me experience in data modeling and non-linear fitting routines. My original background being in Physics with Astrophysics has given me the opportunity to work with large data sets and I have performed data reduction using software packages such as IRAF.


    National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2011.

    Research MSc in Experimental Physics

    Thesis: The Optimisation of a Near-Field Scanning System (due for submission October 2011)

    Involving the construction and optimisation of a new scanning system used for the testing and verification of optical components for various ground and space based instruments.

    Skills Acquired:

    Ø  High level of experiences gained in C++, MATLAB, LabVIEW and Mathematica.

    Ø  Data analysis and modeling including implementation of linear and non-linear fitting methods for both real and complex data.

    Ø  Modeling of optical systems using both commercial and in-house developed software packages

    Ø  Large amount of electronics and interfacing experience.

    Ø  Presentation of work including seminars, poster presentations and report writing.

    European Space Agency Summer School, Alpbach, Tyrol, Austria, 2010.

    Summer School on the Development of New Space Missions for Investigating Climate Change

    Alongside 14 other post-graduate students from around Europe designed a novel satellite mission (AVALON) for investigating the water vapour and aerosol content in the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere.

    Received group award for best scientific case and the mission design is still being studied by ESA.

    Novel Trends in Terahertz Imaging (NTTI) Summer School, UPMC, Paris, 2009.

    Summer School on Terahertz Imaging Techniques and Instrumentation

    National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2008.

    BSc (hons.) in Physics with Astrophysics (graduated Oct 2008 2nd Class Honor Grade 2)

    Thesis: The Expansion of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A

    This project involved a large amount of data reduction and processing on measurements obtained at the Observatoire de Haute Provence in September 2007.

    Degree Modules: Electronics, Interfacing, Computational Physics, Statistics and Data Analysis, Planetary Physics, Earth Science, Quantum Mechanics, Special and General Relativity, Statistical Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism, Nuclear and Medical Physics, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Radio Astronomy, Particle Physics.

    Academic Work Experience

    Undergraduate Teaching (September 2007-Present)

    National University of Ireland, Maynooth

    1st, 2nd and 3rd Year Undergraduate Laboratory Demonstrator. Responsibilities included the preparation, demonstration and correction of multiple experiments.

    1st Year Undergraduate Tutor. Responsibilities included the preparation and delivery of tutorial material for 1st year undergraduates alongside the coordination and correction of assignments.

    3rd Year Undergraduate Computational Physics Demonstrator. Responsibilities included the teaching of the C++ language as a computational tool and the debugging of students code.

    Certificate in Science and Engineering Lecturer. Responsibilities included the preparation and delivery of lecture material alongside the setting and correction of both assignments and examinations. This course involved preparing mature students coming back to education for entry into 3rd level courses.

    Over 1200 accumulative hours teaching since 2007.

    Work Experience

    Data Entry (Summer 2007)

    ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson Quay, Dublin 2

    Temporary position entering data accumulated from 2007 Slán health survey

    Skills acquired: Attention to detail, teamwork

    Retail Assistant (Summer 2002 – Summer 2007)

    Regional Stores, Balinode, Sligo

    Part-time position working as an assistant at a fuel station

    Skills acquired: Dealing with customers, stock taking, cash management, sales orders

    Skills and Experience

    Computer Languages: LabVIEW, C, C++, Java.

    Applications: MATLAB, Mathematica, LaTeX, OpenOffice, Ms Office, LabWindows, IRAF.

    Techniques: Numerical optimisation, statistical analysis, numerical modeling and fitting

     Personal: Working Autonomously (research work), Working Collaboratively (domestic and international groups), Verbal and Written Presentation Skills

    Languages: Native English

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