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     Date Submitted:06-07-2012
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     Current job:MSci Physics and MSc Astrophysics graduate
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:, , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsNumerate, analytical, passionate, research experience, data analysis skills, reliable, adaptable, flexible, programming skills
    CV

    An MSci Physics and MSc in Astrophysics graduate with a proven ability to work well on own initiative or as part of a team.

    Skills & Abilities

    • Strong communication skills (both written and oral).
    • Excellent numeracy and problem solving skills.
    • Able to work effectively under pressure.
    • Reliable, flexible and adaptable.
    • Experience researching and analysing data.
    • Good time management skills and able to meet with deadlines.
    • Experience with Microsoft Office packages (e.g. Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
    • Competent programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, IDL, FORTRAN).

    Education

    2010 to 2011                              University of Glasgow, MSc with Merit in Astrophysics

     

    Modules included:

     

    Advanced Data Analysis

     

    • Acquired a working knowledge of advanced data analysis methods.
    • Gained familiarity with the key differences between a frequentist and Bayesian approach to data analysis.
    • Developed awareness of current literature on advanced data analysis for the physical sciences, and the software available to supports its application to real problems.
    • Mock data challenge where the task was to write a short computer code in a programming language of my choice (MATLAB) using the principles and practical ideas introduced in the lectures.

     

    Research Skills
     

    • Gave 30 minute presentation covering aspects of solar physics project.
    • Learned about research proposals, citation metric, poster presentations, and brainstorming ideas.

     

    Solar Physics Project: Measuring temperature structure of solar flares using data from SDO/AIA.

     

    • Researched the topic using published research papers and books.
    • Used the high level programming language IDL.
    • Applied a technique called ‘regularized inversion’ to determine the temperature structure of a solar flare.
    • Compiled the results and developed a written report using LaTeX.

     

    MSc Project:  Estimation of the linear redshift distortion parameter from current and future redshift surveys

     

    • Researched the topic using published research papers and books.
    • Used the high level programming language MATLAB.
    • Analysed the data using complex data analysis methods.
    • Compiled information resulting in a detailed written report using LaTeX.

     

     

    2005 to 2010                                 University of Strathclyde, MSci Physics (2:1)

     

    Awards/Distinctions

     

    • Placed on the Dean’s list twice.

     

    Modules:

     

     

    Experimental/Practical Physics

     

    • Completing experiments selected from a range of topics covered in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year curriculum.
    • Learned how to keep a laboratory notebook.
    • Learned how to perform error analysis of the results.
    • Developed my formal report writing skills.

     

    Project Training

     

    • Learned how to complete a literature survey.
    • Became aware of different referencing systems and aware of the pitfalls of web-based referencing.
    • Prepared and delivered a poster presentation.
    • Developed and gave an oral presentation using computer based presentation software.

     

    Industrial Project

     

    • Summer placement at the University of Glasgow.
    • Involved creating programs using MATLAB and running simulations based on the data obtained.
    • The results were compiled and produced in a written report using LaTeX.

     

    Managing Technological Innovation

     

    • Understanding of innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation and the skills required for success in these areas.
    • Exposure to management principles and techniques relevant to technological industries.
    • Development of understanding of cash flows and break even calculations.
    • Experience of team working.
    • Improved appreciation of career opportunities and roles for technology based students.
    • Project work concentrating on the production of a business plan for the development of an innovative product.


    4th and 5th year MSci Project: Computational Simulation and Molecular modelling applications to ultrafast 2D-IR spectroscopy

     

    • Investigating one and two dimensional infrared spectroscopy of a small molecule in gas phase and solution using methods from semi-empirical quantum chemistry and chemical physics.
    • Developed a solid grounding in atomistic scale modelling and extensive experience with the UNIX computing environment.
    • Project allowed me to gain some experience in using scripting languages (bash shell and PERL) and further developed my scientific programming skills in FORTRAN.

     

     

    1999 to 2005                                         Uddingston Grammar School

     

    • 1 Advanced Higher in Physics (A)
    • 5 Highers in Physics, English, Computing, Mathematics, Chemistry (ABBBC)
    • 1 Intermediate 2 in English (B)
    • 8 Standard Grades (three 1’s, four 2’s and a 3).

     

     

     

     

    Work Experience

    December 2011 – December 2011             Clinton Cards PLC
                                                                         Christmas Temp

    Duties:  Stock room and shelf replenishment, dealing with customer enquiries.

    July 2011 – July 2011                               University of Glasgow
                                                                         Demonstrator

    Duties: Assisting the School of Physics and Astronomy in a webchat with prospective postgraduate students.
                     

    April 2007 – September 2007                 Culture and Sport Glasgow
                                                                      Seasonal Leisure Attendant

    Duties: Keeping the facilities clean and tidy, keyholding duties, supplying customers with sporting equipment – tennis racquets, bowling equipment, golf clubs.

    March 2006 – September 2006                Glasgow City Council
                                                                    Seasonal Leisure Attendant

    Duties: Keeping the facilities clean and tidy, keyholding duties, supplying customers with sporting equipment – tennis racquets, bowling equipment, golf clubs.
     

     

    Personal Achievements

    I was a former member of the Boys’ Brigade. One of my proudest achievements was obtaining the Queen’s Badge. As part of the work for the Queen’s Badge I was involved in voluntary care work, which gave me the opportunity to deal with disabled people. After successfully completing the Queen’s Badge work I was promoted to Staff Sergeant which allowed me to help the younger boys with their badge work and activities.

    Interests & Activities 

    I enjoy keeping up to date with developments in the science community and going to the gym.

     

    Additional Information


    Driving:                                                  Full clean licence.
    Member of professional body:           Institute of Physics (IOP) associate member (1129226).
    References:                                           Excellent references available upon request.


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