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    Candidate Profile
     Date Submitted:25-09-2013
     Last Modified:25-09-2013 (10:01)
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     Current job:Astrophysics Researcher
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsData Analysis, Software Development, Research, Modelling, Creative Problem Solving, Teamwork
    CV

    Summary

    I have recently completed a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Victoria.  I am now seeking to leverage my expertise in creative problem solving and the analysis/visualization of large data sets to launch my career as a data scientist with a focus on emerging technology.

     

    Experience

    Doctoral Research Assistant

    University of Victoria

    2003 to 2013

     Analyzed large astronomical data sets over a broad wavelength range (radio to X-ray)

     Tested mathematical models of complex physical systems using observational data

     Wrote peer-reviewed journal articles and research proposals

     Presented novel results at national and international conferences

     Lead multiple research projects while supporting others

     Maintained and co-ordinated with a global network of collaborators

     Kept informed of the latest literature and adapted strategies accordingly

     Acted as an expert referee for peer-reviewed journals

     

    Lab Instructor

    University of Victoria

    2003 to 2012

     Taught astrophysical concepts at the introductory and advanced university levels

     Evaluated student work (lab reports, assignments, tests, exams), provided feedback

     Performed lab demonstrations on the subjects of optics, spectra, imaging, kinematics

     Winner of the astronomy best teaching award in five different semesters

     

    Tutor

    Self Employed

    2002 to 2006

     Tutored maths and physics at the high school and university levels

     Prepared students for standardized tests (e.g. International Baccalaureate)

     Mentored young scientists looking to augment their grades for university admissions

     Worked with struggling students to improve their skills and meet degree requirements

     

    Education

    Ph.D. Astrophysics - University of Victoria - 2013

    M.Sc. Astrophysics - University of Victoria - 2008

    B.Sc. (Hon. with distinction) Astronomy - University of Western Ontario - 2003

     

    Skills

     Expert in quantitative analysis, manipulation and visualization of large data sets

     Skilled in image and signal processing

     Successful technical writer (e.g. proposals, journal articles)

     Familiar with advanced statistical methods (Monte Carlo, Markov chains)

     Extensive experience with several coding languages (C, Fortran95, IDL, MATLAB, Python)

     Experience with linux shell scripting (csh, tcsh, bash)

     Knowledge of SQL

     Highly competent with presentation software (e.g. Keynote, Powerpoint)

     Adept in the use of spreadsheets and word processors (e.g. Excel, Word, Google Drive)

     Comfortable working in Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems

     Experience fitting data using a variety of techniques (eg. regression, maximum likelihood)

     

    Projects

     First author of 2 research articles published in major astrophysical journals

     Co-author of 9 research articles published in major astrophysical journals

     Primary investigator on 3 successful observing campaigns (global competition)

     Co-investigator on 5 successful observing campaigns (global competition)

     M.Sc. thesis, “Optical Properties of Brightest Cluster Galaxies at Intermediate Redshift”, published and available from the UVic library

     Ph.D. dissertation, “The Stellar Content in Clusters of Galaxies”, (https://dspace.library.uvic.ca:8443//handle/1828/4562)

     

    Awards

     Five-time best astronomy lab instructor - 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

     NSERC PGSM - 2004

     University of Victoria President’s Scholarship - 2004

     University of Victoria Fellowship - 2003

     University of Western Ontario Gold Medal in Astronomy - 2003

     NSERC USRA - 2001, 2002, 2003

     University of Western Ontario Entrance Scholarship - 1999

     

    Service

     Shop steward for the teaching assistant’s union (elected position) - 2010, 2011, 2012

     Graduate student liaison committee member (elected position) - 2008, 2009

     Physics and Astronomy department Chair search committee member - 2009

     UVic Speaker’s Bureau member - 2003, 2004

     

    Languages

    First language: English

    Proficient in: French

     

    References

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