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     Date Submitted:27-04-2012
     Last Modified:27-04-2012 (02:02)
    Job information
     Current job:Research Fellow
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Space Tourism
     Keywordsflight hardware design analysis radiation environment

    Career Summary:

    • A highly motivated and capable scientist and engineer with several years experience in the space sector, primarily in the area of space environment and effects.
    • Holds a PhD and MPhys degree in Space Science from the University of Surrey, including studies in spacecraft dynamics, applications and systems.
    • Can deliver high quality space hardware on a challenging schedule with a limited budget.
    • Fully competent with Microsoft Office, programming experience in Fortran, IDL and Matlab.
    • Experienced in programming of 8051 architecture microprocessors at source and assembly level. MCAD and ECAD design of space hardware.
    • Simulations of nuclear effects processes using SRIM and GEANT-4 basedmodelling. Sector shielding analysis with FASTRAD and SSAT.
    • Design and assembly of small scale electronic circuits using surface mount devices to perform bespoke purposes. Design of gas pressure systems to simulate frictionless satellite maneuvering.
    • Experience working in a clean room environment and associated procedures.
    • Proven to learn new skills rapidly for immediate application to problems. Committed to diversify areas of expertise.
    • Professional communication skills including presentation of research findings to good reception at world leading conferences.
    • Contributed on a number of successful research bids as a key member of technical team, as well as providing support to management and administration of these projects.
    • Experienced in forming and maintaining national and international collaborations.


    Career Objective:

    Seeking a mid-level science and engineering job in the North American space industry with room for eventual advancement. Wish to utilize experience in space science and generate new opportunities for growth in related fields.



    2008-Present   Research Fellow   -   Surrey Space Centre, Guildford, Surrey, UK

    • Leading role in the design and development of an air-bearing satellite simulator for use in the AAREST modular space telescope mission in conjunction with CalTech. Involves use of machine vision, precision pneumatic systems and CubeSat satellite design for automated maneuvering and docking of telescope components.
    • Development of radiation models for terrestrial and interplanetary environments under ESA contract.
    • Design and manufacture of miniaturised space radiation detection hardware for flight on upcoming missions. Largely an individual effort requiring the design of all electronic, mechanical and software aspects. First generation of payloads due for launch at the end of 2012 on TechDemoSat-1 built by SSTL and base-lined for several future spacecraft.
    • Prepared a number of research proposals to ESA ITTs, European FP7 and UK EPSRC funding sources, both for the development of hardware and for data analysis, securing funding with a high success rate.


    2005 - 2008        PhD Student   -   Surrey Space Centre, Guildford, Surrey, UK

    • PhD research centred on improving the understanding of the radiation environment in orbits encountered by GNSS satellites. Required calibration and analysis of data from instruments on-board the GIOVE-A spacecraft in support of the Galileo program.
    • Embedded with SSTL, the builders and operators of the spacecraft, to facilitate research. Diversified inputs with the company, contributing to other projects in the field of space environment and effects on spacecraft systems.
    • Worked closely with the European Space Agency.
    • Well published, with a number of presentations at the Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC), RADiation Effects on Components and Systems (RADECS) conference, International Astronautical Congress (IAC), European Space Weather Week, Space Environment and Effects Network of Technical Competences (SEENoTC) and the development of numerous technical reports for ESA.


    2004 - 2005     Research Placement   -   Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL, Dorking, Surrey, UK

    • Placement year as part of undergraduate degree.
    • Research aimed at designing electrostatic analyzers to study the space plasma environment for a number of scientific missions investigating the Earth and Sun.
    • Working independently and using computermodellingto simulate instrumentation.
    • Good early understanding of the working environment in space research during undergraduate degree.
    • Development of initial research to be supplies as payload for Solar Orbiter for launch in 2017


    2005-2008         University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK

                              PhD Electronic Engineering

     “Radiation Monitoring In The MEO Environment With GIOVE-A”


    2001-2005         University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK

    MPhys Physics with Satellite Technology: 1st Class Honours


    1999-2001         Barton Peveril Sixth Form College,Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK

    A-levels: 3 A grades in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry


    1994-1999         Romsey Community School, Romsey, Hampshire, UK

    GCSEs: 10 GCSEs grades A-B including Mathematics, IT, Physics, German, English, Chemistry, Biology and Geography        


    Personal Profile:

    I have completed two degrees at the University of Surrey and am looking to expand the scope of my career to new areas. I am a confident and outgoing person. I enjoy a challenge and feel comfortable in a range of working roles. I am used to working alone when required, however I find working in a team more productive and am happy in both situations. I am hard working and keen to learn in addition to being friendly, reliable and a good problem solver.

    I have a number of interests and hobbies. My primary interests are in science and technology, and this is the path I have chosen for my career. I have a telescope and enjoy making observations of the solar system and sharing the experience with friends who are less familiar with the subject. I am very interested in the history of science, particularly space science and have prepared a number of talks on more unusual subjects.

    Aside from this I have a healthy interest in current affairs, politics, and history. I enjoy reading both non-fiction and fiction literature in a wide range of fields and genres. I have a passion for travel and do so whenever I have the opportunity and the means.

    I speak some German and am currently learning Mandarin Chinese. I am interested in languages and aim to learn a number of different tongues in the years to come.

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