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     Date Submitted:07-10-2011
     Last Modified:05-07-2012 (02:45)
    Job information
     Current job:PhD in Physics and Space Science
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services

    Personal information




    Date of birth



    Work experience





    01/06/2009 – today

    Occupation or position held

     Internship contract at RUAG Space Zurich

    Main activities and responsibilities

     Internship in OptoElectronics&Instrument Group. Support in Projects and activities  of the Optics and Electronics Engineering Team (OE2).

     Supporting in Testing and validation in projects:


    Name and address of employer

     Teamleader: Peter Böhle

     RUAG Space – Schaffhauserstrasse, 580, 8052 Zürich

    Type of business or sector

     Space Engineering Company





    01/02/2009 - 31/05/2012

    Occupation or position held

    Grantee of ASI (Italian Space Agency) contract for collaboration and research activity on “Analysis of Solar Corona observations made by Hinode/XRT satellite”.


    Main activities and responsibilities

     Image diagnostics and data analysis using multi-filter observations by UV 

     and X-Ray Telescopes. Numerical models. Skill with filters response and 

     filter calibration. Information Technologies skills.


    Name and address of employer

     Prof. Fabio Reale,

     INAF – Astronomical Observatory of Palermo, p.zza del Parlamento 1, Pa.

    Type of business or sector

     Research and Space Agencies




    01/06/2009 - 01/10/2009

    Occupation or position held

    Grantee of a Research Project “Analysis of solar corona with HINODE satellite”

    Main activities and responsibilities

      Satellites data processing, data screening and handling, also with 

      collaboration with international research groups, weekly-seminars at the  

      host Institutions.

    Name and address of employer

    Type of business or sector

    Prof.Saku Tsuneta, NAOJ ,Osawa-Mitaka, Tokyo (Japan)

    Dott.Taro Sakao, ISAS/JAXA, Sagamihara-Kanagawa (Japan)

    Research and Space Agencies


    Type of business or sector

     Research and Space Agencies






      Title of qualification awarded

    Thesis Title















                             Principal subjects        

              occupational skills covered




















       01/01/2009 - 16/05/2012

      PhD in Physics (Astrophysics and Space Science Curriculum)

      “Analysis of small-scale variability of coronal observations with the  

      Hinode/X-Ray Telescope”


       The analysis of the time variability of coronal emission is one useful tool to 

      look for evidence of pulsed heating. During my PhD program, I analysed

      the small-scale variability of an active region, that was observed by XRT/ 

      HINODE when it was close to the disk centre in 2006 Nov 14, in the  

      Al_poly filter band. I compared measured fluctuation intensity distributions 

      with the distribution expected for Poisson noise and found small but  

      important asymmetries. Using Monte Carlo simulations, only part of the

      asymmetries can be explained by Poisson photon statistics, and we have

      to include a tendency for exponentially decreasing intensity, such as

      would be expected from a cooling plasma produced after a nanoflare

      (Terzo et al., 2011).


    •   Analysis of small scale variability (seconds) of emission of solar coronal plasma with statistical analysis of X-ray images sequences of the solar Corona, gathered by the solar satellite HINODE/XRT.
    • Managing, visualization, and analysis of the large set of data from the satellite was made by tools and self-made routines, programs and simulation in IDL programming language, in UNIX environment.
    • Serial and Parallel computing: solution of plasma physics and MHD

    equation with C, Fortran and MPI (Message Passing Interface)

    • Computational methods, numerical algorithms and simulations with
    •                 Fortran, C, IDL, MPI. 
    • Application of numerical models (Monte Carlo simulations) and MHD

                  simulations on plasma physics.

    • Research Activity in Plasma Physics, Statistical Physics, data analysis,  
    • Serial and Parallel Computing.
    • Comparison of theoretical results with observational results, and data analysis results.


      University of Palermo, INAF—ASI (Italian Space Agency)


      Title of qualification awarded


                                        Thesis Title                                          

                                           and Topic


      Master Degree in Physics


      “Analysis of Active Region's Loops observed with HINODE/XRT”

      Nine filters on two filters wheels are available on HINODE/XRT. The ratio of 

      the emission measured in different filters is well known to provide an

      estimate of the temperature of the plasma assumed isothermal along the  

      line of sight. During my Master Degree Thesis, I addressed temperature 

      diagnostics, in an Active region (AR10923) observed in 2006-11-12 in five 

      different filters (Al_poly, C_poly, Be_thin, Be_med, Al_med). I compared the 

      temperature obtained from the filter ratio along selected coronal loops

      with those obtained from a hydrostatic loop model, concluding that a good

      description of the observed loops needs different and/or more complex




                            Principal subjects                       

               occupational skills covered 





















       Particle Physics, Mathematical Analysis, Physics, Chemistry, English, Nuclear  


    • Training with satellite data processing, e.g., data decompression,  

              de-spiking, de-jittering, and with other operations of data screening      

              and handling and displaying and applying mathematical filters;

    • Application of numerical hydrostatic models on solar coronal loops;
    • Multi-filter temperature diagnostics of solar corona plasma with developing IDL tools and scripts;
    • Electronics and Microelectronics: 2 years course and Lab (2002/2003) on microelectronics components (MOS, CMOS, TTL), circuits project, design, making and testing.
    • Astrophysics Labs: 1 year course (2005) and Lab experiences with Lasers experimental tests, reflection and refraction of lenses and filters for astrophysical applications. 
    • Dynamical Systems: 1 year Course, practise with mathematical models for statistical analysis and complex dynamical systems with industrial and economy application with MATLAB (2006).
    • Numerical Modelling: 1 year course and Lab (2007) in solution of physical and mathematical problems with numerical models through C, and Fortran programming languages.


    Universityof Palermo, INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Palermo


    Personal skills and competences


    Mother tongue


    Other languages

    English, Japanese




    Social skills and competences







    Publications and Talks





    Organizational skills and competences


    Excellent ability to adapt to multicultural environments, gained though my  

     work and research experiences in international environment and research

     groups, Team spirit, Sense of organization, Skills in scientific and technical 

     problem solving. Preparing and giving seminars in international institutions,

     skills in writing scientific papers published on international refereed journals.




    • Co -supervisor for degree thesis in physics at the Palermo University;

     Co-responsible for planning and management of internal scientific seminars 

     in  Astronomical Observatory of Palermo;

     Co-responsible for Installing and updating of SSW-SolarSoftWare at 

     Astronomical Observatory of Palermo.


     Technical skills and competences

      - Managing of very large data sets;

      - Satellites response and operational filter calibration, reduction and  

        preparation of solar satellites data;

      - Creation of IDL tools and scripts with the purpose of scientific data          

        analysis and forward modelling.

    - Practise with mathematical models for statistical analysis and complex  

      dynamical systems with industrial and economy application with MATLAB.

    - Computational methods, numerical algorithms and simulations with

    •       Fortran, C, IDL, MPI.
    • -   - Comparison of theoretical results with observational results, and data  
    •       analysis results.

      - Application of numerical models (Monte Carlo simulations) and MHD

        simulations on plasma physics.

      - Academic education and background on semiconductors and


      - Lab experiences with microelectronic components, design, building,   

        modelling and testing the of electronic circuits (MOS, CMOS, TTL);

      - Lab experiences in testing transmission and reflection of optics, lenses  

        and filters of satellites detectors (telescopes, X-ray detectors), using laser   

        and Lab tools.



    - On-flight calibration of Focal Plane Filters of  the X-Ray Telescope on   

      board on the Hinode/XRT satellite through data analysis and 

      mathematical modelling, using database of solar corona plasma  



    Computer skills and competences

    Skill in manage large data sets, displaying and conducting statistical 

      analysis. More than 5 years of experiences with MS Windows,

      UNIX/Linux, Microsoft tools (power-point, excell, word, etc.), LaTeX Text

      editor, IDL (programming language for creating scientific data visualization

      from complex numerical data) and Gnu Data Language (GDL),

      SolarSoftWare (NASA/GSFC). Matured in Master Degree and PhD courses I

      experience with C, Fortran 77/90, MATLAB, and MPI

      (Message Passing Interface).



    Other skills and


    Participation at Scientific Outreach Projects, in particular on 

      Astronomical subject, in collaboration with the Astronomical Observatory

      of Palermo; Participation and oral contributions at Scientific International   

      Congresses. Skills in scientific seminars and of outreach.



    Additional information

    During my free-time I like to play tennis, practice martial arts (Wu-Shu, Wing-Chun), cycle and swimming. I like to play bass guitar, and learn foreigner languages.




    For Reference please call:


      prof.Fabio Reale

      Astronomical Observatory of Palermo “G.S.Vaiana”,

      Palermo, Italy,

      e-mail: reale(at)


      prof.Saku Tsuneta

      National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Osawa-Mitaka, Tokyo,

      Japan, e-mail: saku.tsuneta(at)


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