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    Candidate Profile
     Date Submitted:12-06-2013
     Last Modified:18-06-2013 (09:19)
    Job information
     Current job:Graduate Student
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:US only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsAstronomy, Physics, Software Development, Python, JAVA
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    PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

    Highly motivated IT/research professional with excellent software engineering skills and experience in Windows, Mac OS X and Linux environments. Seeks software engineering, research and development and hands-on opportunities designing and developing software solutions. Looks to facilitate project development, including engagement in customer activities to ensure that any system is responsive to customer needs. Experience designing, developing, and testing sophisticated software systems. Excellent communication, public speaking, technical writing and people skills. Exceptional analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities matched with very strong organizational skills and a strong background in the physical sciences. Works well under pressure, self-motivated, and has the capacity to work independently or cooperatively with little supervision. Able to assimilate new skills, concepts, and new and existing technologies quickly.

    • 6+ years of software design and hands-on development
    • 6+ years of research in physics

     

    TECHNICAL SKILLS:

    Design

    • Object oriented design
    • Database design experience.

     

    Development Tools

    • NetBeans Java IDE
    • Xcode Mac OS X IDE

     

    Programming

    • 6+ years experience with Python development (Pylab, Matplotlib, Pyfits, HEALPix, Numpy, Scipy)
    • 1+ years experience with Java development (JDBC)
    • 6+ years experience with UNIX shell scripting 
    • 3+ years XML
    • 1+ years Web development HTML and CSS
    • 1 year C++
    • 2+ years experience with Mathmatica
    • 1+ years experience with MatLab
    • 2+ years experience with IDL
    • 3+ years experience with Isis scripting

     

    Imaging and signal processing

    • 6+ years experience with radio interferometry (AIPS, Difmap)
    • 3+ years experience gamma ray detection techniques and spectroscopy (Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE), Monte Carlo simulations) 
    • 3+ years experience Optical, Ultraviotlet, X-ray photometry and X-ray Spectroscopy (NASA HEASARC toolset, Ftools)

     

    Research

    • Extensive experience with statistical techniques related to the analysis of experimental data
    • Graduate level studies in electrodynamics, classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, astrophysics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics as well as successful completion of a PhD comprehensive examination in these subjects.
    • Experience with working in a collaborative research environment, public speaking, teaching, writing for peer reviewed journals and writing grant proposals.
    • Excellent research skills, working with and learning new technologie.

     

    Applications

    • MS Office, LaTex, Photoshop, VIM, Emacs.

     

    EDUCATION

     

    Doctor of Philosophy, Physics

    Catholic University of America, Washington, DC              expected September 2013

    Thesis- Investigating the Nature of High Energy Emission in Active Galactic Nuclei

     

    Master of Science, Physics

    Catholic University of America, Washington, DC                             May 2011

     

    Bachelor of Science, Astronomy

    University of Maryland, College Park, MD                        May 2008

     

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    Research Assistant

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center                    2010 - present

    • Used advanced signal processing techniques (very long baseline interferometry) to create images of extragalactic radio sources.
    • Performed research in gamma ray detection techniques
    • Developed tools in python and using C++ in order to analyze data from the Fermi gamma ray space telescope.
    • Developed tools in Java to get extract data from large databases.
    • Used python in order to produce images and figures.
    • Used a huge number of Unixbased software packages in order to analyze data from a large number of different telescopes.
    • Gave a large number of presentations and published extensively on topics in astrophysics.

     

    Teaching Assistant

    Catholic University of America                     2008 - 2010

    • Gave lectures in astronomy, electrodynamics, and classical mechanics.
    • Gave hands on instruction in the use physics laboratory equipment.
    • Created and graded exams and homework assignments.

     

    Summer Internship

    United States Naval Observatory                      2006 - 2010

    • Used advanced signal processing techniques (interferometry) to create images of extragalactic radio sources.
    • Developed software tools in python to streamline the processing of data from an array of radio telescopes.
    • Developed tools in Java in order to search text files for data
    • Used shell scripting extensively to manage large datasets.
    • Performed experiments using radio astronomy in order to determine the rotation rate of the earth in support ofthe GPS satellite system.
    • Conducted research and gave presentations on various topics in astrophysics.

     

     

    Publicaiton List

     

    All publications can be accessed from http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html

     

    Refereed Publications

    • Multi-wavelength Observations of PKS 2142-758 during Active and Quiescent Gamma-Ray States" Dutka et. al., (draft in prep contact author for copy)
    • The Micro-Arcsecond Scintillation-Induced Variability (MASIV) Survey III. Optical Identifications and New Redshifts" Pursimo et. al. Ap.J. Vol. 767 page. 19 2013.
    • TANAMI: Tracking Active Galactic Nuclei with Austral Milliarcsecond Interferometry First-epoch 8.4 GHz images," Ojha , R. Kadler M., Boeck, M. Booth R., Dutka M., ... A&A, 519, 45. 2010
    • The Micro-Arcsecond Scintillation-Induced Variability (MASIV) Survey. II. The First Four Epochs" Lovell J., … Dutka, M. et. al. ApJ, 689, 108, 2008
    • Microarcsecond scintillation-induced variability (MASIV) survey of the northern sky" Jauncy D., ...,Dutka M. et. al. A&AT 26, 575 2007

     

    Refereed Proceedings

    • Multi-wavelength Observations of PKS 2142-758 during an Active Gamma-Ray State" Dutka et. al., arXiv:1206.1782, Proceedings of Fermi Jansky: Our Evolving Understanding of AGN, St Michaels, MD, November 10-12, 2011, edited by R. Ojha, D. J. Thompson and C. Dermer, eConf C1111101 (2011).
    • ATCA monitoring of gamma-ray loud AGN" Stevens et. al., arXiv:1205.2403, Proceedings of Fermi Jansky: Our Evolving Understanding of AGN, St Michaels, MD, November 10-12, 2011, edited by R. Ojha, D. J. Thompson and C. Dermer, eConf C1111101 (2011).
    • Southern-Hemisphere AGN Monitoring on (Sub-)Parsec Scales: The TANAMI Program" Mueller et. al., arXiv:1205.1371, Proceedings of Fermi Jansky: Our Evolving Understanding of AGN, St Michaels, MD, November 10-12, 2011, edited by R. Ojha,D. J. Thompson and C. Dermer, eConf C1111101 (2011).
    • The Gamma-Ray Blazar PKS 0208-512, a Multi-Wavelength Investigation" Blanchard et. al., arXiv:1202.4499, Proceedings of Fermi Jansky: Our Evolving Understanding of AGN, St Michaels, MD, November 10-12, 2011, edited by R. Ojha, D. J. Thompson and C. Dermer, eConf C1111101 (2011).
    • “Multi-Wavelength Observation of PKS 2142-758" Dutka et. al., AAS 221, 430.01

     

    Astronomers Telegrams

    •  “Fermi Detection of a new gamma-ray source associated with the FSRQ PMN J2012-1646" Ojha et. al., ATel, #4688
    • “Fermi and Swift observations of the new unidentified gamma-ray point source Fermi J1418+3541" Dutka et. al., ATel, #4643
    • “Swift follow-up of the faring blazar PKS 0250-225" Dutka et. al. ATel, # 4601
    • “Increased Gamma-ray Activity from the FSRQ PKS 1424-41" Ojha et. al. ATel, # 4494
    • “Fermi LAT detection of a GeV fare from PMN J1626-2426" Dutka et. al., ATel, #4325
    • “Optical activity of the faring gamma-ray FSRQ NRAO 676" Pursimo et. al., ATel, #4254
    • “Fermi LAT detection of enhanced gamma-ray emission from the Crab Nebula region” Ojha et. al., ATel, #4239
    • “Fermi LAT Detection of a New Gamma-ray Transient in the Galactic Plane J0902-4624" Ojha et. al., ATel, #3972
    • “Fermi LAT detection of increased gamma-ray activity from the FSRQ PKS 2255-282" Dutka et. al., ATel, #3948
    • “Fermi LAT detection of renewed gamma-ray activity from blazar 4C +71.07 (S5 0836+71)" Ciprini et. al., ATel, #3831
    • “Rising NIR and millimeter emission from VHE and Gamma-ray source PKS 0447-439" Nesci et. al., ATel, #3819
    • “Highest gamma-ray flux level detected from very high redshift blazar B3 1343+451" Ojha et. al., ATel, #3793
    • “Sustained and increasing gamma-ray activity of the blazar PKS 0454-234" Hungwe et. al., ATel, #3703
    • “Record gamma-ray flux level detected from PKS 1510-089 by Fermi/LAT" Hungwe et. al., ATel, #3694
    • “NIR and Radio follow-up of PKS0402-362" Nesci et. al., ATel, #3660

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