KEY SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Expert in data processing of satellite- and ground-based imaging and spectroscopy, analysis and management of large data volumes (8+ years of experience).
• Long term experience (8+yrs) in workflow design, direct implementation, testing, commissioning and optimization.
• Developed strong problem identification, resolution, critical and analytical thinking.
• Proficient with statistical multivariate methods for data analysis and data mining.
• Prepared, implemented and led international research projects.
• Strong affinity for IT technologies, computing, programming and consulting (UNIX/Linux operation systems, scripting languages, and cf. software summary at the end).
• Strong ability to quickly learn and eager to acquire new skills.
• Extensive experience (8+yrs) in giving presentations.
• Excellent team spirit and working in multi-cultural environment, strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Fluent in English; Good in German; Mother tongue Bulgarian.
2014 – current: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Plank Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg, Germany
Project and Duties: Galactic nuclei and star lusters. Laser guided Adaptive Optics data processing and Analysis of Large Binocular Telescope near infrared images. Commissioning of ARGOS at LBT
2012 – 2014: International Research Fellow at the European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Project and Duties: Data Processing and Analysis of Hubble Space Telescope imaging data.
Project and Duties: Data Processing and Analysis of space- and ground-based imaging and spectrosopic data. Identifying and specifying science projects requirements, planning and scheduling of science campaigns, coordinating science teams, supervising students
2009: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, at STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA
2008 – 2009: University of Bonn Research Fellowship, at AIfA, Bonn, GER
2008: German Research Foundation Priority Programme-1177, grant for visiting reasearchers
2007 – 2008: German Research Foundation Research Fellowship, at AIfA, Bonn, GER
2005 – 2007: Graduate Student Research Fellowship, at STScI, Baltimore, USA
2004 – 2005: DFG Graduate Research School (GRK 787) PhD fellowship, at Universität Bonn, Bonn, GER
2004: Research Fellowship at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Astronomy, Bulgaria
2002 – 2004: Junior Research Assistant, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Astronomy, Bulgaria
2008 – PhD in Physics and Astronomy at the Argelander Institut fü̈r Astronomie (AIfA) der Universität Bonn,
Germany, jointly with the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA
Topic: “Globular Cluster Systems in Dwarf Irregular galaxies”
2004 – M.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy at the Faculty of Physics, Department of Astronomy, Sofia
University “St. Kliment Ohridsk”, Bulgaria.
Topic: “Photometric investigation of the outer regions of the M82 galaxy in search for globular clusters candidates”
2004 – B.Sc. in Higher Education in Physics at the Faculty of Physics, Sofia University “St.
Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria.
Topic: “Starburst regions and superstar clusters in the irregular galaxy M82”
1999 – High School Diploma in Electrotechnics at the Electrotechnical Highschool, Ruse, Bulgaria.
Topic: “Full planning and design of the electronic, electric network, appliances and alternative energy sources of a modern house”
EXPERIENCE - PROJECTS and SOFTWARE
Approved Programs as Principal (PI or Co-PI) and Co-Investigator (Co-I):
Hubble Space Telescope:
– PI for program "The Formation History of UGC12591 - the most massive known field S0 galaxy” (GO:13370)
– Co-PI for program "The Proper Motion of Palomar 5 and its Tidal Tails” (GO:12957)
European Southern Observatory (8m) telescopes:
– PI for program “Constraining the nature of bright nuclear clusters in dwarf irregular galaxies” (092.B-0759, VLT/HAWK-I)
– Co-I for program "The Stellar Populations of Ultra-Compact Dwarfs - Galaxies or Star Clusters?" (VLT/ XSHOOTER)
– PI for program “Constraining the nature of bright nuclear clusters in dwarf irregular galaxies” (VLT/FORS2 & UVES)
– Co-I for program “Ultra-compact dwarf galaxies in the making? A UCD search in compact groups of galaxies” (082.A-0882)
– PI for program “Old Globular Clusters in Dwarf Irregular Galaxies: Probes of Massive Galaxy Formation” (080.B-0361, VIMOS)
– Co-I for program “BVRI imaging of Old Globular Clusters in the Magellanic Clouds” (2007B, NOAO/SMARTS/CTIO 0.9 m).
Data reduction and analysis:
– Hubble Space Telescope (imaging cameras: ACS, WFC3, WFPC2)
– European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope (visible and near-IR imaging and spectroscopic cameras: FORS1/2, VIMOS, UVES, HAWK-I)
– Gemini Observatory (visible and near-IR imaging cameras: GMOS, NIRI)
– WHT observatory (near-IR imaging camera: LIRIS)
Software packages and programming experience:
– IRAF, R-statistics, IDL/GDL, gnuplot, baolab, SExtractor, octave
– CL (IRAF), Python, Shell programming, LaTeX, C++
– Keynote, Powerpoint, MS Office, OpenOffice
Operating systems expertise:
– LINUX, Mac OSX, Windows
– Nationality: Bulgarian
– Mother tongue: Bulgarian
– Other languages: English (fluent: written and spoken), German (basic)
– EU drivng license holder and extensive driving experience (also kart racing).
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