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     Date Submitted:08-06-2012
     Last Modified:01-08-2014 (04:40)
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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



    An enthusiastic research associate seeking data analyst or software development roles within research and development or financial and business sectors. I have over ten years of computer programming roles for the visualisation and analysis of large data-sets from space mission instruments. As a physics graduate and researcher, I enjoy learning new skills, acquiring a detailed understanding of topics, applying maths and solving problems. I enjoy working on my own initiative and find great reward collaborating with others in a team, as I am friendly and approachable when working with others. My future goal is to establish a career so I can reach my full potential within a successful company/ organisation.




    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)




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

    Research Associate

    ·      Project managed research programme investigating the space environment of Mars.

    ·      Duties include analysis of large data-sets from ESA’s Mars Express and NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor satellites.

    ·      Developed computer programs using IDL and Matlab, as well MS Excel to analyse and visualise data, as well as maintain and administer computer equipment with both MS Windows and Linux/UNIX operating systems.

    ·      Prepared reports for publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations to present results at international conferences.


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

    Research Assistant

    ·      Project managed research programme investigating space environment of Mars.

    ·      Duties include analysis of large data-sets from ESA’s Mars Express space mission.

    ·      Developed computer programs using IDL and Matlab, as well MS Excel to analyse and visualise data, as well as maintain and administer computer equipment with both MS Windows and Linux/UNIX operating systems.

    ·      Prepared reports for publication in peer reviewed journals, grant funding applications, and presentations to present results at international conferences.


    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 and the solar wind interaction with weakly magnetised planets.

    ·      I provided analysis of large data-sets through the development of computer programs and prepared reports for peer reviewed publications. I completed the PhD Thesis - “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


    ·      I was part of a team that managed the payroll system for Selfridges Ltd UK and Leicester City Council and was responsible for operating payroll system software.


    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.




    Problem Solving

    ·      The research I have carried through-out my career has required I apply mathematical and physics knowledge to various problems and 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.



    ·      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 and publishing material in peer reviewed journals.


    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 or assistance and collaborate 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 careful planning of achievable goals and keeping a record on progress on a regular basis.




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

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