Significant programing experience in C and Matlab.
Numerical and analytical skills, mathematical modelling.
Bayesian statistical methods, Markov chain Monte Carlo analysis.
Researching, problem solving and data analysis in the areas of Cosmology, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching (09/2011 to present)
Processing and cleaning of X-ray astronomical data followed by imaging and spectroscopic analysis (using Python).
Comparing observed spectra with theoretical models to determine the best-fitting model parameters.
Sampling techniques used on large hydrodynamical cosmological simulations (using IDL); create mock X-ray observations from the extracted data.
Measuring parameters of astronomical objects (using information from the expected shape and spectral properties of a faint signal); wrote C program to compute the spectral shape of the signal.
Used Matlab for statistical analysis, numerics and plot making in several projects.
Experience with C in a project related to semi-numerical cosmological simulations.
PhD in Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India (2005 to 2011)
Thesis: ‘Constraining Cosmological parameters from Galaxy Cluster surveys’
Optimization of observational strategies in astronomical surveys
Forecasting of constraints on cosmological model parameters using Fisher information matrix and Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods
Wrote/modified substantial parts in a ~10,000 line C code C implementing the MCMC methods.
Proposed a new method for using galaxy surface brightness as a probe of exotic Physics
Used Matlab for solving differential equations, numerical integrations, matrix operations and presenting results.
Master of Science in Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), Mumbai, India (2003 to 2005)
Bachelor of Science in Physics, University of Mumbai, India (2000 to 2003)
Minor subjects: Mathematics and Statistics
Operating Systems: considerable experience in Windows and Linux
Programing: considerable experience in C and Latex, familiar with Fortran
Scripting: considerable experience in Python, familiar with Perl and Bash
Mathematical packages: extensive experience in Matlab, familiar with Mathematica & IDL
Microsoft Office: considerable experience in Word, Excel and Powerpoint
Social and Communicative Skills
Achievement oriented, practical, rational, enthusiastic, tutoring, team worker (jointly worked on projects with several researchers)
Ability to adapt to new environments: Worked in different cultural backgrounds
Effective communication of results: Research presented at several institutes, international conferences and workshops.
English: fluent (medium of instruction at School and University level)
Marathi: Mother tongue (Indian Language), Hindi: (Indian Language)
Institute Silver Medal for the most outstanding student in MSc, Physics (2005)
Shri Bhavesh Gandhi Memorial Prize for the best project in MSc, Physics (2005)
1st and 2nd prizes in Physics Olympiad, organized by IIT Bombay (2002 & 2003)
Hiking, cycling, travel, music
Past member of Khagol Mandal, an association of ameteur astronomers in Mumbai
I am a Physics Ph.D. from India’s top research institute, where I learnt the skill of formulating and modeling complex problems into a mathematical language, and their consequent solution using theoretical and quantitative methods. Couple this with the data analytical and statistical skills that I picked up in my postdoctoral work, I would surely be a valuable addition to any team working on analysis/software development.
A list of scientific publications, contributed talks and posters is available on request.
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