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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always faces the star, such that the planet has permanent day and night sides. Based on a 2016 study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists speculated that lava would flow freely in lakes on the starlit side and become hardened on the face of perpetual darkness. The lava on the dayside would reflect radiation from th...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0100
Today, NASA launched NOAA's next-generation polar satellite, the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, into space. Two Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) weather programs are mission-critical components of the satellite's mission: the JPSS Common Ground System and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite sensor. Svalbard, Norway, is home to part of a global network of receiving stations that process and distribute polar satellite data to users worldwide. Photo taken at Kongsberg Satellite Services plateau, ...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) for NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Nov. 18 at 1:47 a.m. PST. The JPSS program provides the nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, delivering key observations for the nation's essential projects and services, including forecasting weather in advance and assessing environmental hazards...
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed. The Mars 2020 mission will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investiga...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). The October 11 milestone followed the successful completion of the MUOS-5 satellite's on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to "fly" the satellite. In April, the Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), con...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
As part of ESA's strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations. By the end of 2017, ESA will have transferred three stations to national organisations in Spain and Portugal, who will take over the provision of satellite tracking services to a wide variety of commercial customers. The three stations involved in the transfer are all equipped ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE:BA] won large commitments across its twin- and single-aisle commercial airplane families, debuted key capabilities including the CST-100 Starliner docking and KC-46 refueling simulators, and announced services agreements at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. "This has been a very successful show for Boeing. Our regional customers have maintained their trust in our products and technology, and our partnerships in the Middle East region continue to grow," said Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO's Extremely ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has been chosen by the Italian space agency ASI to develop an instrument called RIME (Radar sounder for Icy Moons Exploration) for the JUICE (JUpiter Icy moons Explorer) mission, part of the European Space Agency's "2015-25 Cosmic Vision" program. Scheduled for launch in 2022 with an expected arrival in 2029, the JUICE mission is designed to study the Jovian system and more specifically its icy moons, Ganymede, Call...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's December 12 year-ending flight for 2017 has completed its initial build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana - where preparations also are moving ahead with four satellite passengers that will further expand Europe's Galileo global navigation system once in their final orbit. During activity in the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building, this heavy-lift vehicle for Arianespace Flight VA240 underwent the assembly process that began by mating its two solid prop...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies. The U.S. military must be able to quickly establish situational awareness and execute operations in space. Within the space domain, many thousands of objects that ar...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the "S.S. Gene Cernan" CygnusTM spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. This marks the company's eighth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus launched into orbit aboard an Orbital ATK Antares(tm) rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on November 12. The spacecraft then executed a ser...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with ArianeGroup, prime contractor and design authority of Ariane 6, to design, develop, qualify and manufacture the telemetry transmitter of the new European launcher. The telemetry transmitter is responsible for transmitting to the ground the data generated by the launcher throughout the whole launch mission. It is the first contract of the company in Spain in the launchers segment. After three decades of activity in the space sector participating i...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe was only a billion years old. This outstanding source was first identified by ESA's Herschel space observatory, and later exposed in greater detail with the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. The earliest galaxies in the 13.8 billion-year history of our cosmos starte...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Gas giant Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe are among the first targets for which data will be immediately available from the James Webb Space Telescope once it begins casting its powerful gaze on the Universe in 2019. Thirteen "early release" programmes were chosen from more than 100 proposals after a competitive peer-review selection process within the astronomical community. The programmes have been allocated nearly 500 hours of obs...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
After a successful year-long test campaign by Airbus at IABG in Ottobrunn near Munich, the twin GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On) satellites will soon travel to their launch site in California. During testing, the gravity-measuring satellites, which will track the continuous movement of liquid water, ice and the solid Earth due to Earth's changing seasons, weather and climate processes, earthquakes and even human activities, were subjected to conditions similar to t...
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its Antares(tm) rocket carrying a Cygnus(tm) spacecraft today at 7:19 a.m. EST, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch is Orbital ATK's eighth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During the mission, designated OA-8, Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and experiments to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well a...
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
A contract for two new generation communications satellites was signed today by Turksat with Airbus Defence and Space. The satellites, Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B, are based on the latest Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) version of Airbus' highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, which uses electric propulsion for in-orbit raising and station-keeping. "We are very pleased to welcome Turksat as a new Eurostar customer for the most powerful satellites of their fleet. We were the first to demonstra...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
NASA's Orion spacecraft aims to send humans further into space than ever before, and ESA's European Service Module will provide the essentials for keeping the astronauts alive and on course. A review of the programme by NASA to assess progress is now showing a launch date from December 2019 to June 2020. The first Exploration Mission-1 will circle the Moon without astronauts to lay the foundation and prove the technology for a second mission with a crew. In Bremen, Germany, integration ...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the UK Space Agency to work on MicroCarb, a joint UK-French satellite mission which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming. It is the first European mission intended to characterise greenhouse gas fluxes on Ear...
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     Date Submitted:30-01-2015
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     Current job:Postdoctoral scientist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
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     KeywordsAstrophysics PhD star formation IR X-ray Optical data analyst
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    A highly motivated and hard working postdoctoral scientist, with 10 years experience in physics and mathematics-based academic research. Highly experienced in data processing and statistical analysis of large, multivariate datasets. Excellent team work skills and experience in working with international groups. Proven leadership skills, including lecturing and mentoring of students, and conference organisation. An effective communicator with a significant publication record, contributions to international conferences and invited seminars, and public outreach activities.

    KEY SKILLS
    •    Highly proficient in the use of Linux, Windows, and Mac operating systems.

    •    Extensive experience in handling large datasets & image processing/analysis of scientific images.

    •    Experienced with statistical analysis and the use of SPSS, also SQL and Access.

    •    Comprehensive software development experience: IDL, MATLAB, Mathematica, IRAF, Java, C++.

    •    Extensive experience preparing IDL, IRAF, and shell scripts, and with software pipelines for data analysis.

    •    Proficiency with varied ancillary data processing software: gawk, TOPCAT, ds9, imagej, MIPAV, OsiriX. •    Proficiency with Microsoft and Open Office publishing and presentation tools.
    •    Excellent team work ability - carried out research and published 20 scientific papers in large and small teams.

    •    Strong leadership ability - organised conference for 50 people, mentored students, delivered lectures.

    •    Strong communication skills - 9 invited/conference talks, 14 posters, lectures to students, public outreach activities.


    ACHIEVEMENTS


    Predoctoral Fellowship Award from Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory:

    •    Competitive 3 year fellowship to carry out PhD research in Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

    •    Organised Predoctoral Fellow meetings and was predoctoral representative to research council.


    Selected for Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Science+Engineering 2003 project at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center:

    •    Eight week training course on space science and engineering from NASA personnel and astronauts.

    •    Worked in multidisciplinary team to launch small sounding rocket with camera as payload.

    Scholarship from Irish Research Council for Science Engineering & Technology (IRCSET) for Postgraduate Research:

    •    Three year scholarship to fund PhD research in University College Dublin


    Nuffield Bursary, Nuffield Foundation, UK:

    •    Financial award to fund summer intern to process spectral data and subsequently classify the stars

    •    Supervision and mentoring of final year undergraduate student in project and PhD applications

    Stagiare placement in Research & Space Science Division, ESTEC, European Space Agency, The Netherlands:

    •    Three month internship with Ulysses Solar Observatory mission team

    •    MATLAB analysis of solar spectral measurements for correlations between flares and solar weather.

    QUALIFICATIONS.

    PhD in Experimental Physics from University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. (2007)
    IDL and IRAF scripting, gawk and shell scripting for data handling and image processing. Extensive use of Redhat Linux and Solaris Unix operating systems. Member of the Chandra star formation group. Member of the IRAC Instrument team on the NASA/ESA Spitzer Space Telescope. Experimental design and construction with training on a scanning electron microscope. Demonstrator to 2nd & 3rd yr Physics for Engineers Labs, 1st yr Nursing, 1st yr Astrophysics, and Tutoring.


    Honours in Experimental Physics & Mathematical Physics from NUI, Maynooth, First Class Honours.  (2002)

    Achieved 1st place in graduating class in Mathematical Physics. Schools Outreach: Prepared and taught introductory physics class to disadvantaged senior secondary students. C++ modeling of point masses in potential wells, C/IDL/Mathematica modeling of FIR wave propagation


    EXPERIENCE


    Systems Design Engineer, LMI Ericsson Ltd., Athlone, Ireland:    (10/2013 - 07/2014)

    •    Ericsson Java Level 1 Certificate

    •    Experience with Lean and Agile working practises to improve project management and throughput

    •    SPSS for statistical analysis and familiarity with Six Sigma methodology


    MSc in Physical Sciences in Medicine from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland:    (10/2012 -09/2013)

    •    MRI image processing with imagej, MIPAV, OsiriX and creation of protocol for a blind study.

    •    Use of SPSS and SQL for statistical determination of the diagnostic utility of a new imaging technique.

    •    Class representative to University and local Medical Physics group at St James Hospital.

     

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, European Space Agency, ESTEC, The Netherlands:    (11/2010-10/2012) •    Data processing of FIR images using shell scripts and software pipeline.

    •    Member of the Herschel Gould Belt Survey team, a European network of researchers.

    •    Organised 3-day meeting entitled ESA Faculty Workshop: Frontiers of Star Formation, for 50 participants.
    •    Wrote workshop funding application, invited speakers, edited the webpage, and lead organising team.

    •    In charge of departments literature seminars, organised staff participation and invited speakers.

     

    Experienced Researcher, Marie Curie RTN:CONSTELLATION, University of Exeter, UK:    (10/2008-10/2010)

    •    Analysis of large, multiwavelength and time-varying datasets using IDL and TOPCAT.

    •    Member of European network: daily communication and week-month long visits to other working groups.

    •    Researchers representative to RTN management, assisted lead professor in creating progress reports for EC.
    •    Organised the Star Formation group’s weekly literature seminar and social activities.

    •    Public Outreach activities as part of the Star Formation group’s Open Nights for local residents.

    Postdoctoral Researcher, HEA Division, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.    (03/2008-09/2008)

    •    Analysis of multiwavelength datasets to correlate X-ray and IR properties, using IDL and TOPCAT.

    •    Worked as the IR astronomer in the Chandra X-ray star formation group.

    •    Awarded proposed telescope time on Chandra Space Observatory.


    Predoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.    (09/2004-09/2007)

    •    Wrote journal publications and telescope observing time proposals for MMT in Arizona and IRTF in Hawai’i.

    •    Created Predoctoral Student coffee group and arranged outings to foster community interaction.

    •    Presented talks and posters at local and international conferences.


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