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     Date Submitted:01-10-2013
     Last Modified:16-03-2018 (11:22)
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     Current job:Data scientist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, ,
     Keywordsscientific data analysis; instrument calibration; software testing and quality control; technical documentation; user documentation; instrument support; technical-commercial support
    CV

    PROFILE 
    Technically-minded, with a long experience working in international scientific projects. I began my career doing research in astronomy, with a focus on data analysis. I have worked with various astronomical instruments as a user and expert. For the past decade I worked as a calibration scientis in a Belgian-participant space project and for the European Space Agency. This work includes: instrument calibration, data validation and quality analysis, SW scripting, writing technical and user-focused documentation, teaching via webinars/seminars, liaising between instrument teams and management, representing on user committees, running small data and software projects. I have a multicultural background, am results- orientated and am a team-player. 

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 
    VLIZ, Belgium        2018 – present 
    Data Scientist at a Marine Research Data Centre

     

    ISDEFE; the European Space Agency     2014 – 2017 
    Instrument Calibration Scientist for the PACS instrument of the Herschel satellite, ESAC, Madrid 

    Technical support for the astronomer clients, translating requests into software/data/documentation 
requirements. 

    Coordinator and facilitator, a “translator” between software developers and end users. 

    Quality control of scientific data, finding solutions to problems e.g. creating the data products outside 
the standard data-processing environment. 

    Helping investigate instrument calibration issues during the post-operations phase. Presenting the 
PACS proposals to the ESA—Herschel management and reporting back to both sides. 
    SW scripting in Jython, to be 
used to analyse Herschel data by the calibration team and by the astronomy users. 

    Helping to manage the development of components of the Herschel software with the ESA and PACS developer teams. 
    Writing technical documentation (for software and hardware), technical reports, and client reports. 
Managing the archive of PACS documentation and writing the “PACS Instrument Handbook”.

    Institute voor Sterrenkunde, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium     2008 – 2013 
    Instrument Calibration Scientist for the PACS instrument of the Herschel satellite 

    Analysis of instrument data. Part of the team that worked on calibrating the Herschel—PACS instrument, beginning just before the launch through to various in-flight validation phases, and then during routine operations. 

    Participating in SW and data product validation campaigns. 

    Training astronomers to work with the Herschel software and PACS data, via webinars, seminars, 
and small-group sessions. 

    Presenting results/progress/plans to the ESA Herschel team, to various overseeing committees, and 
to the astronomy users of PACS data. 

    Participating in yearly optical telescope observing runs with the Mercator 
telescope (sited at the European Northern Observatory on La Palma). 

    Supervising student master and bachelor projects. 


    Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA     2006 – 2008 
    Research Associate working with Hubble Space Telescope (HST) data 

    • Analysed HST data, turning a series of 2-dimensionsional images into a 3-dimensional model. 

    • Reported on our research at international conferences and professional journals, and promoted our 
work via press interviews, and via the HST News web-pages. 

    • Ran the institute’s “women in science” monthly meetings for 6 months. 
     

    European Southern Observatory, Munich, Germany     2006 
    Visiting Researcher


    A three-month placement to complete a prior project in collaboration with ESO researchers; including validating the data-reduction techniques used for one of their instruments. 
     

    Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), Tenerife, Spain      2003 – 2005
    Instrument Support Scientist for an IAC instrument; “Euro3D” EU Research Training Network Fellow 


    Installed and ran the IAC’s optical integral field spectrograph whenever it was used. I was responsible for mounting, testing, calibrating, and using it. 
    Beta-tested the software developed in the Euro3D project to deal with data from instruments like the IAC one, and edited the documentation for several of them. 

    Promoted the goals of the RTN by initiating and then running four successful research projects with European and international researchers, from experiment design, through data analysis, to reporting the results in professional journals. 


    Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK     2000 – 2003 
    Research Associate

    
Designed research projects, ran the observing programmes, analysed data and reported on the results. 
     

    Open University, Belfast, UK     2002 
    Tutor for the Open University course “The Energetic Universe”.

    
One year of tutoring for the OU’s distance-learning course for Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

    University College London, London, UK 2000 
    Research Associate
    A three-month placement to complete an astronomy project. 


    
Nicolaus Copernicus Research Inst., Warsaw, Poland 1997 – 2000 
    Research Associate

    
Designed research projects, ran observing programmes, analysed the data and reported on the results.

    EDUCATION 
    PhD Astrophyics, April 2000. University of St Andrews, UK
    MSc Radio Astronomy, Dec 1992. Jodrell Bank, University of Manchester, UK
    BSc Astrophysics, July 1991. University of Wales College Cardiff, UK 


     

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

    Software: I have written programs in F77, I wrote Perl scripts to construct and mine an astronomy database, and I currently script in Jython within ESA’s Herschel software system. I can understand Java code and have worked a little in IDL.
    Writing: I have written and co-written numerous science papers (http://tinyurl.com/kxal3t5) and I have edited numerous documents and technical books for colleagues. I can write documentation in xml and html, and am familiary with various other informatics software. 
    Websites: Am co-creator of a wiki about 3D spectroscopy in astronomy: ifs.wikidot.com. I wrote much of the website of the Integral instrument: www.ias.es/proyeto/integral

     

    Nationality: British/German
    Languages: English (native), Dutch (intermediate: B2 on the CEFR scale), German (B1-2, learnt naturally as a child), Spanish (A2) 


     


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