I am very enthusiastic about a career in space technology and am currently seeking to gain experience in the relevant sciences and engineering. My degrees in Analytical Chemistry and Systems Engineering complement each other and I now wish to expand my knowledge and experience in the space sector.
BEng Systems Engineering, Loughborough University, 2010-2014
The degree covers the systems approach and its application, but also includes electrical engineering and a range of topics relevant to the successful planning and execution of interdisciplinary projects, such as human factors in system design or material properties. The degree also includes a Diploma in Industrial Studies earned through my placement year at ESTEC. Final result: Upper 2nd class honours (67%)
MSc Research in Analytical Chemistry, Loughborough University, 2009-2010
A degree focussed on analytical techniques including considerations such as their fitness for purpose and cost-effectiveness, data processing and statistics. Final result: Master with Distinction (70%)
BSc Chemistry, Loughborough University, 2006-2009
Modules include organic and inorganic chemistry, radiochemistry and physical chemistry.
Young Graduate Trainee at ESTEC (ESA), the Netherlands (September 2012 – September 2013)
Worked as an Analytical Chemist in the Life and Physical Sciences Laboratory
- Established protocols and procedures for a newly acquired liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) instrument
- Operated, maintained and repaired the system and carried out method development
- Created a number of Excel-based calculators and tools to make the work easier
- Supported other research groups and their activities
- Also attended numerous lectures on ESA’s activities, e.g. ‘lessons learned’ events and a three-day course in spacecraft systems engineering organised by ESA and the University of Southampton.
Paid placementat the German Aerospace Center, Brunswick (July – September 2010)
- Research into carbon nanotubes for use as electrodes in devices such as capacitors
- Worked with minimal supervision on set tasks and the development of my own ideas
- Produced literature reviews, lab scripts and other documents for others to follow
Moderator and supervisor on the staff of a large online browser game community (2007-2010)
- Volunteer position in the online forums as moderator, personnel manager and team supervisor
- Supervisor of a creative workgroup developing new ideas and concepts for the game and community. Directed the group’s efforts and summarised results to pass them on
- Organised duty rosters for team members and helped recruit and train new staff
- Played a key role in dealing with complaints and criticisms of the team, and helped other staff members respond appropriately when they received complaints directly
- Helped to maintain a friendly atmosphere in the forums and in discussion threads
Placement at the Faserwerk Lingen (textile factory), Bayer AG (Summer 2006)
- Assisted in the analytical laboratory by carrying out routine analyses
- Completed a series of teaching experiments, e.g. a flame atomic absorption spectroscopy analysis
BSc project on the production and durability of photovoltaic modules (2013-2014)
- Studied the effects of production conditions on the long-term stability of solar panels
- Largely independent research, planning and experimental design
- Produced and tested a large number of modules together with other researchers
- The results are to be presented at the 6th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
MSc and BSc projects in the area of X-ray crystallography(2009-2010)
- Investigation of crystal structures using X-ray diffraction and computational methods
- Collected and solved X-ray diffraction data which was published in Acta Crystallographica or contributed to other publications
- Produced dissertations on intermolecular forces and their influence on crystal packing, and on the effects of ligands on crystal structures, based on a literature review and my own results
- Additional voluntary work solving crystal structures to hone my skills. Also tested a new software package, OLEX2, for the department
Voluntary research project in organic synthesis (Summer 2008)
- Synthesis of fluorinated organic compounds with potential medical applications
- Created a database comparing computational and real data to help with the interpretation of NMR spectra obtained from samples
Professional and Personal Skills
- Familiar with Microsoft and Open Office for text or data processing and presentations
- Some experience with MatLab and Mathcad Prime
- Certified LabView Associate Developer (CLAD)
Analytical Techniques and Practical Skills
- Well-versed in all aspects of running a Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer
- Familiar with the principles of x-ray crystallography and structural refinement
- Other analytical techniques include nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared and ultraviolet spectroscopy, peel testing and differential scanning calorimetry
- Some experience working in glove boxes and laminar flow cabinets
- Experience cleaning and assembling lab equipment (LC-MS instrument in particular) and computers
- Fluent in German and English (IELTS Certificate; Grade 8.0 / 9.0)
- Beginner’s level in Dutch, Latin (GSCE-Level), Russian (OCR Level 1 Certificate) and Spanish
- Combined Cadet Force member for three years, participating in many exercises and courses and helping to train younger cadets. Final Rank: Sergeant
- Part of numerous group projects as part of my degree training and work experience
- Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC, since 2006
- Institution of Engineering and Technology, IET, since 2011
- BTEC First Certificate, grade: merit
- Senior Cadet Instructors Course, SCIC, grade: C
- Driver’s Licence, obtained in Germany
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