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     Date Submitted:20-11-2013
     Last Modified:20-11-2013 (11:36)
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     Current job:Software Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Space Tourism
     Keywordshigh-performance computing for physics, simulations, modeling, project management, c++11, SystemC, french, italian


    Software engineer with 4 years of full-time work experience in: C++, computational modeling, high-performance computing for physics, functional simulations for electronics in SystemC.

    At ease in international environments.

    Fluent in English, Italian, French. Excellent people skills.


    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland — Nov 2011 - Present
    Engineering fellow in the Physics dept., CMS Tracker Phase II Upgrade group
    Lead developer and project manager of the tkLayout detector 3d modelling and analysis software, a key tool in the design of the new CMS Tracker. tkLayout generates a tracker geometry and evaluates its performance through models for track properties given as input (fitted distributions, fluence maps, error propagation models). Flexible, modular, written in C++11 with STL, Boost and ROOT. Project was conference presented.

    CAEN s.p.a., Viareggio, Italy — Nov 2010 - Oct 2011
    Software engineer in the front-end electronics group
    Java and C developer of interface software for the company-produced flagship line of waveform digitizers to perform data readout and waveform analysis (histograms, fitting, error propagation).

    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland — Feb 2010 - Oct 2010
    Project scientist in the FF-LYNX collaboration, sponsored by U. of California Santa Barbara
    Designed and tested a new communication protocol for high-energy physics. 
Protocol designed from the ground up (time-division multiplexinreal-time, fixed latency, error tolerant). Developed a full-scale distributed software simulation of the electronics implementing the protocol (C++, SystemC, Python). Developed the PC interface to the FPGA emulator (C++, QT). Work was published.

    Valmarina s.r.l., Florence, Italy — Jan 2006 - Aug 2009
    Software developer
    Developed and maintained SYW, an online secure backup and recovery solution for enterprises based on an Rsync implementation (C++, QT, MySQL).


    M.Sc. in Computer Engineering, University of Pisa — 2006 - 2009
    Focus: software engineering, networking, databases, telecommunications, operating systems.
Master thesis: the definition of the communication protocol on which I continued to work at CERN after graduating.

    B.Sc. in Computer Engineering, University of Pisa — 2002 - 2006
    Focus: object-oriented programming, software engineering, computer architecture, digital electronics, best practices in IT.
    High school diploma in humanities
    Liceo Carducci, Viareggio, Italy


    Computer skills

    6 years of experience in high-performance C, C++

    Expert in OO design patterns (Gang of Four)

    Expert in Java, Python, ROOT, QT, SystemC

    Mobile app developer with Appcelerator Titanium

    Languages skills

    Italian: mother tongue

    English: fluent (Cambridge CPE certificate)

    French: fluent

    Spanish: basic 

    People skills

    great communicator (official CERN tour guide), witty, social intelligence


    2010-2011: first aider in the “Croce Verde” Italian public assistance association.

    2013-Present: leader of a mobile startup project in a team of 4.

    Sports: member of the ski club and of the sailing club at CERN.

    Hobbies: photography (CERN photo club), wine tasting, car enthusiast.

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