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     Date Submitted:02-04-2014
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     Current job:PhD Candidate
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, ,
     Keywordsatmospheric physics microwave remote sensing instrument design optical design instrument simulation data processing
    CV

    Education

    2008 – Present              University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                                        PhD Physics, Experimental Atmospheric Physics

                                        Courses: Introduction to Atmospheric Physics

                                                      Data Assimilation and Retrieval Theory

                                                      Atmospheric Chemistry

                                                      Radiative Transfer and Remote Sensing

                                                      Fluid Mechanics

                                                      Transport and Fate of Chemicals in the Environment

                                                      Climate System Dynamics

                                                      Effective Communication for Physicists

                                                     Teaching in higher education

     

    My thesis focussed on the development of a ground-based millimetre-wave observation system for Arctic atmospheric remote sensing:

    Development of the instrument, observation technique, and data inversion scheme. Modelling of the atmosphere/instrument and simulation of measurement results. Current work involves applying my inversion scheme in the analysis of data from existing instruments.

                                        

    2003 – 2007                  National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth, Co.Kildare, Ireland

                                        B.Sc. (Honours) Experimental Physics

                                        Graduated with a First Class Honours in Experimental Physics.

    Undergraduate thesis: CCD imaging of night-time airglow using Fabry-Perot interferometry.

                                        Fourth Year:      Experimental Physics

    Third Year:        Experimental Physics, Honours Mathematics

    Second Year:    Experimental Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry

    First Year:        Experimental Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Mathematical Physics                 

               

    Relevant Skills

    Laboratory

    Electronics  

    ·                Bench work in digital and analogue electronics

    ·                Electronics for instrument control and data acquisition

    ·                Completed electronics course offered at UofT

     

    Machine Shop          

    ·                Completed to level 3 of machine workshop courses offered at UofT including Drill, Milling Machine and Lathe training

    Optics         

    ·                Hands on work with optical systems including image capture elements

    ·                Experience with electro-optical components

    ·                Experience with Fabry-Perot interferometry incorporating pressure scanning and CCD imaging

    Lasers         

    ·                Experience with lasers for use in scanning spectroscopy

     

    Design

    ·                Experience with design of optical components and optical arrangements for instrumentation, particularly for microwave/terahertz instrumentation.

    ·                Experience with design of complete observing systems for atmospheric and space research, including the optical, mechanical, and structural components.

     

    Computer

    ComputerApplications

    ·                Radiative transfer modelling with the Atmospheric Radiative Transfer Simulator (ARTS)

    ·                Inversion of atmospheric spectra with Qpack

    ·                Physical optics simulations with GRASP

    ·                Data acquisition with LabVIEW

    ·                Instrumentation control with LabVIEW

    ·                Microsoft Office suite (WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT)

     

    Computer Programming

    ·                Matlab, LabVIEW, and C (also in LabWindows environment). Computational modelling of physical systems and statistical analysis

    Instructional

    ·                Teaching Assistant at University of Toronto (Lab and tutorial)

    ·                Private tuition to high school and university students

    ·                Volunteer tutor to high school students with Pathways to Education, Toronto

    ·                Lab Demonstration to first year university students at NUI, Maynooth (2006/2007)

     

     

    Professional Skills  Development

     

    ·         Completed a 6-week course in project management, aimed at implementing project management frameworks in research planning and scheduling, and leading to Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

    ·         Completed a 12-week course for Teaching in Higher Education to improve my planning and effective communication, and in presenting and explaining my work to others.

     

     

    Relevant Employment and Experience

     

    September 08 -           Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto

    Present

    ·           Involves teaching undergraduate students in a variety of environments such as laboratories, tutorials and student drop-in centres.

    ·           Marking all material relevant to course work; laboratory books, assignments, and exams.

    ·           Proctoring of mid-terms and final exams.

     

     

    November 2012-         Volunteer Tutor, Pathways to Education

    Present

    ·           Volunteer tutor for the Regent Park division of the national Pathways to

           Education program in Canada

     

    -          Meet weekly with high school students living in the low-income, Regent Park area, Toronto, to tutor in physics, chemistry, and mathematics to students in all grades.

     

    March 2011-              Outreach Participant, CANDAC (Canadian Network for the Detection of

    February 2012                                                Atmospheric Change) Student-Researchers Atmospheric

                                                                         Collaboration

     

    ·           Team member on an outreach program involving Qarmartalik School,

           Resolute Bay, Nunavut, and in Pickering College, Ontario. March - May 2011.

     

     

    -          Built parts needed to operate atmospheric instruments.

    -          Transported all instruments and materials necessary for outreach activities.

    -          Met and delivered presentations and materials to approximately XX students in all grade levels.

    -          Demonstrated and instructed students on how to use the instruments and take the data.

    -          Performed atmospheric measurements in Toronto and collaborated with student-researchers though online data sharing and a blog.

    -          Returned to the schools to help with analysing and displaying the final data.

     

    ·           Team member on the outreach trip to launch the 2012 program at West

           Prepatory Junior Public School, Toronto, in February 2012.

     

     

    May 2010/                 Outreach Participant, CANDAC (Canadian Network for the Detection of

    February 2009                                                 Atmospheric Change) Outreach Program

     

    ·           Team member on outreach trips to communities in northern Nunavut.

     

    -          Transported all materials necessary for outreach activities.

    -          Collaborated with outreach coordinator and team members to design and deliver outreach presentations and workshops.

    -          Met and delivered presentations and materials to approximately:

    -         150 students (K-8) in Ulaajuk Elementary School in Pond Inlet.

    -         200 students (9-12) in Nassivik High School in Pond Inlet.

    -         200 students (K-8) Aaqsarniit Middle School in Iqaluit.

    -         300 students (K-12) in ArnaqjuaqSchool in Hall Beach.

    -         300 students (K-8) in AtaguttaalukElementary Schoolin Igloolik.

    -         150 students (9-12) in Ataguttaaluk High School in Igloolik.

     

     

    2006 - 2007                 Laboratory Demonstrator, NUI Maynooth

     

    ·           Involved teaching first year undergraduate students in the physics laboratories.

    ·           Demonstrating new experiments each week.

    ·           Marking lab books for the weekly experiments.

     

     

     

    Workshop and Conference Contributions

     

    ·           American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2013 Fall Meeting

    -   Poster Title: Interannual variability of winter-time O3 above Kiruna and a comparison of ground-based radiometer measurements in 2013.

    -   Authors: N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker, U Raffalski

    -   Location: San Francisco, USA

    -   Date: Dec 2013

     

    ·           Invited speaker at Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden

    -   Presentation Title: Atmospheric science in the Canadian Arctic and a new mm-wave radiometer from the University of Toronto.

    -   Authors: N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    -   Location: Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), Kiruna, Sweden

    -   Date: May 2013

     

    ·           NDACC (Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change) Microwave Radiometry Workshop 2013

    -   Presentation Title: Microwave Activities in Canada

    -   Authors:K. A. Walker, N. J. Ryan, B. Pavlovic

    -   Location: University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

    -   Date: January 2013

     

    ·           CGCS (Centre for Global Change Science) Graduate Student Research Symposium 2012

    -   Poster Title: Design and simulated performance of SPÉIR: A millimetre-wave radiometer for Arctic atmospheric research

    -   Authors:, N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    -   Location: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    -   Date: November 2012

     

    ·           Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2012

    -   Poster Title: Observation system simulations for SPÉIR: A millimetre-wave radiometer for Arctic atmospheric research

    -   Authors:N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    -   Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    -   Date: August 2012

     

    ·           CREATE Research Symposium 2012

    -   Presentation Title: Observation system simulations for SPÉIR: A millimetre-wave radiometer for Arctic atmospheric research

    -   Authors:, N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    -   Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    -   Date: November 2012

     

    ·           NSERC CREATE Summer School in Arctic Atmospheric Science 2012

    -   Poster Title: Simulating the performance of SPÉIR: A millimetre-wave radiometer for Arctic atmospheric research

    -   Authors:, N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    -   Location: Nottawasaga, Ontario, Canada

    -   Date: July 2012

     

    ·           Invited Speaker at IAP (The Institute for Applied Physics) Bern

    -   Presentation Title: A new radiometer for measurements of the Canadian Arctic Atmosphere

    -   Authors:, N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    -   Location: University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

    -   Date: May 2011

     

     

    ·           NSERC CREATE Summer School in Arctic Atmospheric Science 2011

    -   Poster Title: A New Radiometer for Continuous Measurements of Chlorine Monoxide in the Canadian Arctic

    -   Authors:, N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    -   Location:Nottawasaga, Ontario, Canada

    -   Date: July 2011

     

    ·           Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change (CANDAC) Workshop 2010

    -   Presentation Title: Design and Development of a Radiometer for Eureka

    -   Authors: N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    -   Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    -   Date: November 2010

     

    ·           Measurements of Humidity in the Atmosphere and Validation Experiments (MOHAVE)Workshop 2010

    -   Location: University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

    -   Date: October 2010

     

    ·         Open ARTS Community Workshop 2010

    -   Presentation title: A New Radiometer in the Canadian Arctic

    -   Authors: N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    -   Location: Kristineberg Marine Research Station, Kristineberg, Sweden

    -   Date: June 2010

     

    ·           Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change (CANDAC) Workshop 2009

    -   Presentation title: A New Radiometer for Eureka

    -   Authors: N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    -   Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    -   Date: November 2009

     

    ·           Annual Geophysical Union (AGU) Joint Assembly 2009

    -   Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    -   Date: May 2009

     

     

    Publications

     

    Under review by co-authors

    ·           Title: Characterization and simulation of a ground-based millimeter-wave observation system for Arctic atmospheric research

    Authors:N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    Journal: To be submitted to the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer in April 2014

    ·           Title: The effect of spectroscopic parameter inaccuracies on ground-based millimeter-wave remote sensing of the atmosphere

    Authors:N. J. Ryan, K. A. Walker

    Journal: To be submitted to the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer

     

     

    Awards           

                                        Travel Grants

    ·           CGCS (University of Toronto Centre for Global Change Science) Graduate Student Research Award in 2013 to fund a four-week research stay at the Institute of Space Physics (IRF), Kiruna, Sweden.

    ·           Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program in Arctic Atmospheric Science, Industrial Partnership Program travel grant in 2011.

    ·           Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program in Arctic Atmospheric Science,  Industrial Partnership Program travel grant in 2011 to visit Virginia Diodes Inc. and NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) in Virginia, USA, for a technical research meeting.

    ·           CGCS Graduate Student Research Award in 2011 to fund a four-week research stay at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

     

                                        Presentation Awards

    ·           Award for best presentation at the NSERC CREATE Program in Arctic Atmospheric Science Symposium 2012, held in Toronto, Canada.

     

    Teaching Performance

    ·           David M. Harrison Teaching Award in 2012 for First Year Physics Practicals Learning Assistants.

     

                                        Academic Performance

    ·           Achieved a First Class Honours BSc from NUI Maynooth in 2007, finishing 2nd in a class of 30 students.

    ·           Awarded an Entrance Scholarship to NUI Maynooth in 2003 - based on high school final marks.

     

     

    Interests and Achievements

     

    University:                    Co-Chair of the Student Organizing Committee for the CGCS (Centre for Global Change Science) Graduate Student Research Symposium 2012.

    ·           Help choose, invite, and liaise with the speakers for the symposium.

    ·           Organise location, poster session, catering, and general logistics.

    ·           Design the posters and symposium booklets.

     

                                        Vice-President of Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA), 2010/2011

    ·           Organise events and activities for physics graduate students at UofT.

    ·           Deal with all issues from physics graduate students and represent the physics department at Graduate Student Union (GSU) meetings.

     

    Physics Department Representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), 2010/2011

    ·           Provide teaching assistants in the physics department with information relating to pay, working hours, employee benefits etc.

    ·           Attend general meetings to discuss union issues with representatives from other departments in UofT.

     

    Co-Manager of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Soccer Team at UofT, 2010/2011

    ·           Organise try-outs and choose the team members.

    ·           Liaise between Intramural head office and SGS team members.

    ·           Attend general meetings with managers from respective university teams to discuss league matters.

     

    Member of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Soccer Team at UofT,  2009-Present

    ·           Compete competitively in UofT Intramural Leagues.

     

                                        Member of NUI Maynooth Soccer Club, 2003-2006

    ·           Competed in Fresher Intervarsity Championship, Ireland.


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