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     Date Submitted:14-05-2013
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     Current job:PhD in astrophysics - Software specialist looking for new challenges
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     Keywordssoftware development, integration, C++, C, Matlab, Fortran, IDL, Unix, Linux, algorithms, simlation, modeling, validation, inertial navigation, satellite imagery, atmospheric sciences. strong analytical skills, team player, ability to manage my time
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    CAREER GOAL
    A position of software specialist with scientific background.

    SUMMARY OF SKILLS

    • PhD in astrophysics.

    • 8 years' experience in the industrial sector.
    • Programming scientific codes in C, C++, MatLab, IDL, Fortran.
    • Software testing, integration and validation.
    • Feasibility studies, development of scientific projects.
    • Research and development in aerospace: inertial navigation / GPS, satellite imagery, atmospheric sciences.
    • Thorough, able to work independently, strong analytical and problem solving skills, team player, ability to manage my time.
    • Languages : French, English.

    COMPUTER SKILLS

    • Languages : C, C++, Fortran 77/90, Unix scripting, Perl
    • Graphic visualization / numerical analysis : MatLab, IDL, Tecplot
    • Methodology : V-model, UML (notions)
    • Development Environment : Microsoft Visual Studio
    • Database : SQL, MySQL
    • Software Configuration Management : CVS, Rational Synergy
    • Quality tools : Rational PureCoverage, Rational Purify, Mantis, Bugzilla, gdb
    • OS : Unix (Solaris, DEC / OSF), Linux, Windows
    • Office tools: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Latex, StarOffice

    EXPERIENCE

    Software specialist                                2010-2012
    Incka (Astek group),France “Engineering service company"

    Assignment to MBDA France                                      2010-2012
    Porting, optimization and validation of algorithms for mission planning of tactical missiles
    • Ported,and updated 12 algorithms (missile dynamics, weather, target simulation, terrain modeling) in C++ from Windows to Linux.
    • Debugged and resolved snags from end-users feedback.
    • Performed functional validation of algorithms.
    • Adapted I/O of unitary tests for 15 algorithms for a HMI test platform using XML data.
    • Developed and implemented algorithms from system specifications for missile launch configuration of a tactical submarine.
    • Wrote algorithms version data sheets, software tests implementation plans and software test reports.

     

    Software/Sytem specialist                          2004-2010
    ASTEK Industry (Astek group),France "Engineering service company"

    - Assignment to EADS Sodern, France                       2009-2010
    Study and development of space imagery systems for attitude computation
    • Studied the feasibility of implementing image processing algorithms for an Earth sensor on an existing star tracker.
    • Defined the satellite-Earth-Sun configuration to compute the luminance received by the satellite's camera.
    • Adapted image processing algorithms in C/C++ for automatic determination of the Earth disk center by a geostationary satellite (using Hough transform).
    • Studied the performance of the algorithms in a simulated environment.
    • Validated the feasibility of the system.
    • Wrote the report for the European Space Agency(ESA)/ Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES).

    - Assignment to SAGEM / Défense et Sécurité, France                     2006-2009
    Software Integration / validation of the inertial navigation system (INS) for missile launcher nuclear submarine "Le Terrible"
    • Provided support to software team on system aspects.
    • Defined software integration and validation tests for the INS electronic board.
    • Designed and developed a MatLab reference tool to integrate and validate functions of the navigation software (navigation calculation, Kalman filtering, GPS/external observations).
    • Compared the results given by the simulated environment with those of embedded system.
    • Analyzed output errors between the simulated environment (MatLab tool) and the electronic board.
    • Developed an MatLab automation tool for software validation chain.
    • Validated simulated deterministic and stochastic sensor errors generated by the INS software simulator.
    • Wrote associated documentation (integration plan, validation plan).

    - Assignment to Sociéte Nationale des Chemins de Fer (SNCF) / Department of Information Systems and Telecommunications, France                 2005-2006
    Maintenance of the rail network management software
    • Ensured corrective and evolutionary maintenance of the software product (C, SQL) calculating routes of SNCF railway network, intended to feed the calculation application of premiums for SNCF train drivers.
    • Wrote the specifications of a software module for distributing route properties to 10 SNCF client applications.

    - Assignment to EADS Astrium (Space Transportation), France                     2004
    Study of the spectroscopic signature of ballistic missiles for SPIRALE (Système Préparatoire InfraRouge d'ALErte) satellite demonstrator : evaluation of nuclear threat
    • Computed visible/infrared signatures from strategic missiles' nozzle exhaust plumes interacting with atmospheric components (Fortran tools).
    • Built a database of optical signatures for mono-and multi-stage ballistic missiles.
    • Defined empirical laws for the analysis of the evolution of the signature based upon kinematic and thermochemical parameters (with MatLab).
    • Wrote the report.

    Research Engineer                        2002-2004
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) / École Polytechnique, France
    Setup of a data processing chain for the Earth's atmosphere observatory SIRTA
    • Developed codes for automatic processing of atmospheric data (C, Unix shell script).
    • Developed codes (Matlab, IDL) for visualizing and preprocessing remote sensing measurementsfrom LIDAR, radars and telemeters.
    • Formatted the preprocessed data for automatic distribution (NetCDF).

    RESEARCH

    Research Associate                     2000-2002
    National Research Council (a division of the U.S. National Academies) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Maryland, USA), Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics.
    Numerical modeling of exoplanets' atmospheres to guide ground- and space-based observations
    • Optimized atmosphere code (Fortran) developed in PhD.
    • Participated in Infrared spectrophotometric measurements of exoplanets' transits with "Very Large telescopes".
    • Adjusted models versus observations.
    • Contributed to the first spectrum of the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet.
    • International Collaborations: USA (NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory) / Germany (Max Planck Institute) / France (CNRS).

    PhD candidate                        1996-1999
    Paris-Meudon Observatory / Department of Space Studies, France
    Modeling of extrasolar planets’ atmosphere
    • Designed and developed a radiative transfer code of planetary atmosphere in Fortran
    • Studied the feasibility of spectroscopic space-based (COROT satellite) and ground-based observations with high-resolution interferometers.
    • Wrote refereed articles and gave talks at international conferences (3 U.S., 1 in Portugal) .
    • Participated in international collaboration: USA (NASA) / Germany (Max Planck Institute) and national.

    Master's trainee                                  1996
    CNRS / Service d'Aéronomie, France
    Contributions to a chain of data processing from the SWAN UV photometer onboard SOHO satellite
    • Designed and developed image processing IDL from the Hydrogen-cell photomultiplier cell embedded in astronomical observation SOHO satellite (NASA / ESA).
    • Modeled the emission of water vapor produced by comets from the SWAN data reduction.
    • Tested and validated the method to all comets observed by SWAN.

    EDUCATION

    PhD in Astrophysics                           1999
    "Specialty : Instrumental techniques in astrophysics and space applications"
    Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris 6, France)

    Diplôme d’Études Approfondies in Sciences of the Universe                1996
    "Specialty : Instrumental techniques in astrophysics and space applications"
    Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris 6, France)
    (Equivalent to Master)

     

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