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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:22:16 +0000
President Trump will sign a new space policy directive June 18 addressing space traffic management issues, closely following the proposed policy that Vice President Pence announced in April. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:45:21 +0000
A key senator says he’s keeping an open mind regarding who in the federal government should have responsibility for the oversight of “non-traditional” commercial space activities. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:45:35 +0000
The House Appropriations defense subcommittee approved $49.5 million to create a new “program of record for commercial satellite communications." SpaceNews.com
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:23:14 +0000
As the National Space Council prepares for its third public meeting, its activities to date have won widespread praise in the space community, even as there is some skepticism about the effectiveness of the council’s advisory group that will soon meet for the first time. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:00:25 +0000
A House hearing on the reasons for cost and schedule problems with major NASA programs pointed blame at a wide variety of sources, from the tools used to track programs to the agency’s mindset to Congress itself. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:59:03 +0000
Astranis, a startup developing geostationary satellites to offer broadband internet access, plans to equip its MicroGEO spacecraft with Bradford of the Netherland’s high performance green ECAPS thrusters. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:56:47 +0000
Oxford Space Systems, a British startup that hopes to compete with space industry giants Harris Corp. and Northrop Grumman in the satellite component business, has raised 6.7 million British pounds ($8.9 million) from investors. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:19:42 +0000
Outer space is the last frontier of human exploration. Unfortunately, the glory days of landing men on the moon are now a distant memory. So too are the memories of watching space shuttles rumble to life and roar to space fading away. That is poised to change and America is ready to lead the way. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:09:04 +0000
The relay satellite which will facilitate China’s Chang’e-4 lunar far side landing mission late in 2018 has entered its intended halo orbit around Earth-Moon Lagrange point 2. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:14:11 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine used a recent speech to lay out not just the recent space policy changes that directly affect NASA activities but other administration efforts that focus more on commercial space. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:57:00 +0000
Both chambers want legislation that strengthens the U.S. military space posture, said Thornberry. The House and Senate are “not going to let up in our push to do better in space.” SpaceNews.com
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:34:01 +0000
Despite conditions that have deprived the Opportunity Mars rover of solar power, NASA officials said June 13 that they expected the long-lived spacecraft to survive an intense ongoing dust storm. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:15:08 +0000
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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:22:42 +0000
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters the Pentagon appreciates the congressional focus on space issues and is not being passive about space reforms, although he would like to see further debate on the pros and cons of reorganizing the military. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 03:28:58 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says he’s pushing to have a current NASA center director and former astronaut be nominated to be his deputy. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:39:06 +0000
While Angola’s first telecom satellite, Angosat-1, failed not long after reaching orbit late last year, the sub-Saharan African nation will get a second shot at satellite ownership with the planned 2020 launch of Angosat-2. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:21:38 +0000
A fiscal year 2019 spending bill approved by a Senate appropriations subcommittee June 12 offers $21.3 billion for NASA, including funding for several missions slated for cancellation in the administration’s budget request. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:34:11 +0000
As the Federal Communications Commission nears a decision on the use of C-band satellite spectrum, it and several other U.S. agencies are weighing a broader strategy for the nation’s spectrum. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:46:37 +0000
Sen. David Perdue: China has spent a lot of time and money developing capabilities to attack GPS satellites, jam them or take them off orbit. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:54:48 +0000
NASA doesn’t expect to make decisions on how it will carry out a Mars sample return effort until late next year despite recent discoveries that have offered additional evidence that the planet was once, and may still be, habitable. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:01-07-2014
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     Current job:PhD in Astrophysics
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within a month
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     KeywordsAstrophysics, technical writing, software documentation, programming, C, IDL, Python, HTML, science
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    Profile

    I am a capable analyst and PhD-qualified scientist. I have experience of technical and software documentation and science writing. I have worked with Microsoft Office, HTML and C, Python and IDL. I want to start a career in the space industry.

     

    Key Skills

    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint);
    • Programming in Python, C and IDL;
    • HTML;
    • UNIX/Linux skills and command line use;
    • Use of SQL for data-mining;
    • Software and technical documentation;
    • Pivot tables, VLOOKUPs, macros;
    • Presentations and talks;
    • Excellent English language skills and attention to detail;
    • Maths, physics, statistics and scientific interest;
    • Data analysis, linear regression, graphical representations of trends;
    • Customer service via letter, telephone and email.

     

    Work Experience

    Senior Project Co-ordinator

    03/2013 – present

    I am working for Hertfordshire County Council as a temporary Project Co-ordinator. During this time my achievements have included –

    • Working on the key performance indicators for council contractors;
    • I have helped to analyse contractor data to help ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget;
    • I also developed new metrics to identify and characterise sets of delayed projects, using time series data and the project banding criteria.

     

    Technical Writer

    09/2013 – 12/2013

    I worked for Cambridge Radio Frequency Systems as a technical writer. My accomplishments during this time included –

    • I ensured that CRFS’s work was consistent with the customer specifications for a major contract, thus saving the company money;
    • I arranged for the full translation of said contract from Portuguese to English, making sure that my colleagues had access to all the information the company needed for its work;
    • I worked on the company’s user guides and technical notes. The text that I wrote was received positively by my immediate supervisor and was incorporated into the newest edition of the documents;
    • I also worked on modernising the company’s website. I worked to implement the changes suggested by a recent SEO exercise, and to refine the more general suggestions to fit them better to CRFS’s core business;
    • I also supported the Sales and Marketing Team by handling incoming calls and enquiries, and in any other capacity that was needed.

     

    Observatory Demonstrator

    10/2008 - 04/2013

    I worked at the teaching observatory for the University of Hertfordshire. My achievements included -

    • Making sure that visiting members of the public were looked after and had their questions answered;
    • Ensuring that health and safety policies were followed;
    • Helping the undergraduates with their work and maintaining the equipment.
    • I also helped to set up the new radio telescope at the observatory site.

     

    Clerical Assistant

    06/2006 – 08/2007

    I worked for Devon County Council. My accomplishments included -

    • I processed CRB checks, achieving rapid turnarounds;
    • I ensured that internal databases were accurate and up-to-date;
    • I made sure that the care homes under the Council’s authority had the appropriate insurance policies in place, to ensure the safety of the clients.

     

    Settlements Administrator

    02/2005 – 04/2006

    I worked for Friends Provident on the Complaints Team. My accomplishments were -

    • Saving the company money by ensuring that compensation settlements were completed accurately and timely;
    • I provided customers with good service, whilst under considerable pressure.

     

    Health Insurance Processor

    10/2004 – 01/2005

    I worked for Manpower in data entry. My duties also included general administration. This was my first job after graduation from my BSc.

     

    Education

    PhD in Astrophysics

    10/2008-07/2013

    I hold a PhD in Astrophysics, from the University of Hertfordshire. I studied brown dwarfs from the Galaxy’s oldest population of stars. Examples of my accomplishments during this program of research include -

    • The publication of my work as a paper in a refereed scientific journal (Murray et al 2011, MNRAS);
    • I presented my research at the 2011 National Astronomy Meeting, receiving a good response from the audience;
    • I also presented a poster on my research at the 2010 Cool Stars conference in Seattle;
    • In April 2010 I went on an observing trip to the Subaru Telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatory, and much useful data was gathered;
    • I also gained experience with UNIX, Python and IDL programming.

     

    MSc in Astrophysics

    10/2007 - 09/2008

    Before doing my PhD, I completed a Masters by research in Astrophysics. I wrote up my MSc thesis and successfully-defended it at the viva in early 2009. I gained exposure to data analysis and computer programming in this time.

     

    BSc (Hons) Physics

    09/2001 - 07/2004

    I hold a BSc. in Physics from the University of Exeter. This degree gave me a broad knowledge of physics and I learned to use C and HTML in this time.

     

    Interests and Activities

    I am a keen artist and I am a writer. I have experience of 3D modelling/rendering via software such as Wings3D, 3ds Max and Poser. I also like to read novels for entertainment. I am currently learning to use R for data analysis.

     

    References

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