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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
    CV

    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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