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.
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
First language: English
Proficient in: French
Available upon request
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