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     Date Submitted:02-07-2013
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     Current job:Research Fellow
     Employment Term:Permanent
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     KeywordsPhysicist, spectroscopy, astronomy, galaxies, extra-galactic, gravitational lensing
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    I have been working as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham since February 2013, having completed my PhD viva at the University of Birmingham (started in 2009) in January 2013 and collecting my PhD on the 8th of July of this year. The PhD thesis title was ``Multi-Wavelength Strong Lensing Study of Low Redshift Cluster Cores'', which covered work using strong lensing modelling and spectroscopic data reduction. As a PhD student, outside of my studies I have also been involved in the marking and collating of the physics undergraduate work.
     
    My current and past studies have involved extensive gravitational lensing analyses and spectroscopic data reductions for the LoCuSS collaboration. This was to look at the physics in cluster cores on small scales (May et al. 2013 in prep; presented poster of preliminary results at CL J2010+0628 conference, Japan 2010). I have used various multi-wavelength data from a range of sources to provide information on the formation history and dynamical state of galaxy clusters. To perform these analyses, I have reduced spectroscopic data  so that it provided good strong lensing constraints. This required a large amount of time (14 nights observing in total) spent at both Gemini North and the Subaru telescopes in Hawaii and I have constructed observation plans for several night's observing and also collected and checked the data as it was received. I accompanied Dr. Nobuhiro Okabe and Dr. Graham Smith on most of these observation trips and also co-authored proposals for telescope time with the latter for Gemini South time.
     
    My work also involved investigating relationships between X-ray temperature and strong lensing derived masses (paper also in prep.). The current understanding of Dark Matter halos in the clusters are tri-axial in nature, which could explain current mass discrepancies. Therefore this latter investigation also looked at indicators that indicate the orientation of the long axis of the Dark Matter halo with respect to the line of sight in order to enable correction of measured mass values. I also had to produce quantitative measures for any resulting correlations.
     
    I have developed these skills and used them, to help the department and post viva I was then awarded a Studentship Enhancement Programme (STEP) award in order to write up chapters of my thesis for publication.
     
    Before going to University, I spent time in my gap year working at Broom's Barn Research Centre in Suffolk where I was part of a team collecting and analyzing insect samples from farm sites. I enjoy and am used to working on my own and within a team.
     
    I am used to working long or unpredictable hours. At Broom's Barn the work was often governed by the weather and farmer's activities. I travelled to Hawaii three times to oversee data collection for my PhD. The total observing time was 14 nights of 13 to 15 hour shifts from telescopes situated at the top of mountains, with the demands of eachs nights observations having to be tailored due to observing conditions and data priority requirements. 
     
    In my spare time I enjoy restoring and maintaining classic cars and furthering my personal knowledge of electronics and programming skills. I am also a roller derby referee and regularly get invited to referee all over the UK leagues and at international level.
     
    I am happy to provide the abstract or full versions of both first author papers (both in preparation, with one soon to be submitted) and/or my thesis on request. The range of skills and experience below have been used throughout my work.

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