Astrophysicist - Researcher - Lab Technician - Business Intelligence - Data Scientist
Science Communication | Simulation | Research & Innovation
A brilliant research and innovation Manager with expertise in abundant facets of scientific research, performing within many diverse environments to include plasma physics, astrophysics, simulation, and the integrated principles of human development, globalization, climate change, and technological sustainability. Highly adept working with advanced instrumental techniques in physics, material sciences, offering hands on experience in the operation of complex scientific instruments. Exceptionally influential in improving scientific and technical processes, enhancing techniques, and implementing sound insights and solutions. Possess strong technology proficiencies.
Statistics - Theory Validation
Big Data Management
Image Formation Processing
Material Physics & Technology
Complex Scientific Instruments
Innovative Decision Making
Critical Thinking Abilities
Education & Credentials
(Ongoing) Postgraduate course: Web Analytics and Analytical Techniques
EIBS School, Spain
Diploma: Big Data Marketing (SQL, DAX, Kettle-Pentaho, Power Bi, R)
EIBS School, Spain – 2018
Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) - Applied Physics, Science Simulation
UPC University, Spain - 2014 Excellent Cum Laude and International mention
Diploma: Entrepreneurship, Business Development
Spain's School for Industrial Organization - 2013
Master's in Advanced Studies in Applied Physics, Scientific Simulation
UPC University, Spain - 2008
Master's in Advanced Studies in Instrumental Techniques in Physics, Material Science
University of Barcelona, Spain - 2003
Bachelor's Degree in Physics,
University of Barcelona, Spain - 2001
Tenure-Track Lecturer Accreditation - National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain - 2015
Research in plasma physics - received a 2003 Award by the Spanish Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - University of Cambridge, Council of Europe Level C1 - 2013
Professional & Research Experience
* INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP BUSINESS SCHOOL (IEBS) - BIG DATA BUSINESS PLAN ‘LIBRESOL (BOOKSTORE)’ 2017
Collaborator – Strategy - Market Analysis – Big Data – Dashboard (KPIs)- Predictive Analysis (RStudio) - Reporting - Marketing Communication
Strategy market/analysis and elaboration of big data business plans applied in eclectic commercial business areas (real-life situations). Final project: http://bit.ly/2C8H8Yv (Spanish language, video format).
* SOCIETY FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF SCIENCE (SACSIS) - International 2017
Editorial Assistant for The all Results Journals - Scientific Reviewer - Volunteer
Representative of the editorial team of the journal in conferences. Generating ideas, collaboration in network.
Generation of content for the website (scientific articles, short articles for blog and social media, press releases, etc.). Marketing and Advertising (off and on-line) of The All Results Journals.
Assistance to editors for correction of manuscripts.
Request and obtain manuscripts of possible authors. Interaction with editors to receive comments, recommendations, and decisions. Interacting with authors for reviews, editorials. Request and interact with guest editors for Special Numbers that focus on a particular topic. Correspondence with authors, editors, reviewers and readers as needed.
* CIMKEY ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING (ERP) SOLUTIONS– Barcelona, Spain 2017
* IBN ROCHD INTERCULTURAL ASSOCIATION (ASIR) - Barcelona, Spain 2016 - 2017
Teacher - Volunteer
Provided educational and outreach activities to children aged 6 to 16.
Responsible for initiating scientific projects that incorporate interest in the scientific environment.
Taught and led the student work programme titled ‘Journey to Mars’, the main goal being to attract more minorities and girls into the sciences.
* EUROPEAN SPACE RESEARCH PROJECTS 2014-2016
Preparation and management of European project proposals (EU H2020/MSCA, ESA)
Post-doctoral research proposals
Performed market research to prepare an array of space innovative projects.
Elaborated innovative research projects characterized with descriptors of space technologies on variable stars (Instrumentation -telescopes, detectors and techniques) and involved the analysis of spectral and time domain data acquired on variable stars. The proposed project opened up many research lines that were within the scientific activities of many current and planned astronomical observatories like GAIA, Chandra, Suzaku and XMM-Newton (X-ray binaries), LIGO and LISA (gravitational radiation sources), Swift and INTEGRAL (gamma-ray burst progenitors), or EGAPS survey.
Applied for EU funding (H2020, MSCA -Marie Curie fellowships) and the European Space Agency (not success).
Elaborated innovative research activities characterized with space technologies descriptors (Instrumentation -telescopes, detectors and techniques).
Elaborated activities to be conducted within the framework of international space organizations. My cooperation work programmes encompassed space technology research and technology transfer.
Developed my own network of external advisors that supported my projects through active partnerships and other to be activated during the fellowship. Among them were Dr René Hudec (Astronomical Institute, Czech Republic), Dr Boris Gänsicke (University of Warwick, UK), and Dr Nelemans (Radboud University).
The main contributor to the proposed research projects by conceiving, designing, and planning the project.
Developed space applications for the X-Shooter of the EGAPS surveys, which is a new high efficiency, wide-band spectrograph, developed by Radboud University. Two main goals: 1) to broaden the focus of standard studies of biases and their selection effects in transient and variable surveys; 2) to strengthen the Stellar Models of Non-Equilibrium White Dwarf stars by providing empirical functions.
Developed a space application for the Evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (eLISA), whose main goal was modelling the gravitational wave background detectable by eLISA. The choice of methodology incorporated eLISA detection strategies in my Monte Carlo code such as sensitivity, distance, together with the most detailed models of gravitational radiation from both single and double white dwarfs. This goal involved the development of algorithms alongside appropriate techniques to perform an analysis of the signal released from both the pulsation and the coalescence, as well as of the white dwarf noise background, in order to study the optimal conditions to detect such radiations.
Developed an application for Gaia Variability Unit CU7 of the Gaia mission with the aim of understanding and interpreting variable stars (cataclysmic variable stars, accreting neutron stars and black hole, Non-Equilibrium Binary Stars).
* GLOBAL DIMENSION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION (GDEE) - Various European Universities 2014 - 2015
Participant - Integral participant in sustainability, and renewable energy research.
Author of English-language Revelatory Articles and Science Divulgation (https://medium.com/@juditcamachodaz)
* BUSINESS PLAN ‘PERSONALITICS’, http://www.personalitics.com/ , International 2013
Collaborator – Strategy - Market Analysis - Finances – Intellectual Property -Operations - Communication
Participated in the Research, Development and Innovation in the test Personalitics: a psychological test which not only can help you discover client personality, but also advises on what kind of profession fits their character. The system uses artificial intelligence and it is based on psychological theories.
Final project for the Spain's School for Industrial Organization: http://bit.ly/2BEXLKs
* ASTROPHYSICS, SPACE RESEARCH Barcelona, Spain 2005- 2014
Researcher - Collaborating Researcher for the IEEC and University of Valparaiso (Chile)
Participated in research for the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), and streamlined research processes for the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group (GAA) and the Aeronautics and Space Research Centre (CRAE).
Brought excellence and expertise in addressing the travails of space research and space instrumentation. Ground-breaking studies of biases of the SDSS survey and their selection effects.
Author of 19 peer-reviewed papers in the field of variable stars: Statistics - Theory – Validation – Scientific Simulation - Analysis of spectral and time domain data acquired on variable stars. Contributed to internationally recognized congresses.
Explored the frontiers of nano-science to advance fundamental research in the field of space research. Employed gravitational lensing experiments such as EROS and MACHO [which incorporated space nanotechnology] to map out dark matter in our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Brought value to space exploration by developing a Monte Carlo simulator, which was tested in trailblazing studies, such as supernovae studies (e.g. high-resolution optical spectra of the SN Ia PTF 11kx with the Keck I High Resolution Echelle Spectrometer instrument -HIRES).
Provided expert assistance to maximize the success of the future workforce, especially on issues of biases and selection effects in observational astronomy.
Excellent research track record in Space Exploration. As a first author on scientific papers, I performed the bulk of the research. Contributed to internationally recognized congresses.
Awarded a PhD degree Excellent Cum Laude and international mention, which testifies to my cross-cultural and cross-functional competence.
Participated in 7 international collaborative research projects. Working environment formed with institutions around the globe (USA, EU, Asia, South America), such as Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics of the University of Minnesota, Israel Institute of Technology, University of Nevada, University of Valparaiso (Chile).
Participated in a collaborative research project in Chile within the framework of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Our team consisted of researchers from University of Valparaiso (Chile), ESO researchers and me. Working as a cross-training team, new skills were acquired from each member. Concurrently, I trained Monica Zorotovic, a recent PhD graduate from university of Valparaiso, so that she could master Monte Carlo simulation and Fortran programming techniques.
Transferred my experiences to Elena Ruxanda Cojocaru, a PhD student at UPC University.
Organized and imparted seminars on behalf of my research group and for external collaborations.
Ability to understand group needs. Helped resolve challenges within the research team.
Established myself as a team player by going above and beyond responsibilities to help other colleagues, both by volunteering for assignments and by performing assignments without supervision.
* UPC CATALONIAN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, Barcelona, Spain 2007 - 2011
Lectured in applied physics for UPC department of Applied Physics and department of Physics & Nuclear Engineering. School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering and School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona.
Institutional responsibilities in course coordination (2010 year).
Qualified teacher: Successfully completed the teacher training programme. Proactively took courses in advanced teacher training and new technologies to date.
Developed e-learning tools.Set up my own teaching online portfolio to enhance students’ learning and their reflection on this learning. Structured my classroom Web Site so that it could quickly and easily provide access to various materials, such as interactive applications and questionnaires.
Performed independent research into science teaching and learning, which was presented, as both a poster and as an invited speaker, at a teaching congress workshop in 2012. This congress addressed current challenges for the function and teacher training of university lecturers at UPC. It was organized by the Institute of Educational Sciences.
Collaborated with the diverse faculty members on course curriculum as well as in other capacities (described in Table 1 of my CV)
Carried out collaborative activities designed to engage students and foster community participation. Proposed an improvement plan.
Prepared tutorial sessions in English for those new students having difficulty with the local language.
Devised strategies to effectively integrate principles of sustainability into mainstream physics teaching.
* UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA, Barcelona, Spain 2001 - 2005
Researcher - Group of Physics & Engineering of Amorphous Materials & Nanostructures (FEMAN)
Collaborative Research - Scholarships - Nanotechnology - Adjunct Lecturer
Performed collaboration tasks with PhD candidate Ricard Molina (researcher at the Spanish National Research Council CSIC), in order to complete his experiments related to QMS (Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry).
Taught some seminars related to my investigations, transferred knowledge, and provided feedback in a professional manner.
*UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA, Barcelona, Spain
1995-2001 Laboratory experiences,
Studied subject areas corresponding to my Physics Degree and Master’s Degree
Demonstrated the ability to master astronomical instrumentation and the operations of professional observatories, not to mention an understanding of methods of photometry and spectroscopy, and have applied them in my contemporary laboratory experiences in Astronomy.
Advanced statistical techniques for analysis of data on variable stars (Laboratory work). I performed a study of the light curves of a variable star, and determined its periodicity employing different methods: Fourier analysis and the Fourier transform; iterative algorithm methods. In my study, I considered observation weights.
Spectroscopy —instruments, reduction, and calibration. Characteristics, design, and procedure for operating an optical spectrograph: the Optomechanics 10C spectrograph with Hg-Ne calibration lamps (set-up and calibration). Practice (Alella Observatory): Obtaining stellar spectra. The practice consisted of classifying stars per their spectra. First, I captured the photographic spectra of the stars Pollux, Procyon, and Regulus. For that purpose, besides the optical spectrograph, a CCD imaging camera (model ST-6), I used a photographic camera (model Minolta SLR) and black and white negative film (Kodak Professional ISO 400). After that, I reduced the spectrographic data to pinpoint the chemical elements from their emission line spectra.
Space instrumentation: satellites and interplanetary probes, space telescopes; X-ray and gamma radiation detectors, and detectors of particles and waves.
Supernovae (Laboratory work): Determination of cosmic deceleration parameter (q0) from the light curves of supernovae.
The interplanetary medium (Laboratory work): Treatment of discrete data. Analysis of particle flows measured by interplanetary probes.
The interstellar Medium (Laboratory work): Processing of spectral data. Analysis of a spectral line of interstellar ammonia. Getting the parameters of the spectral line: position, intensity, width, and line shape.
Determination of atmospheric effects (e.g., refraction, twinkling, air mass, extinction, seeing), quality image (point spread function — PSF — aberrations), resolution (spatial, temporal, and spectral), sources of noise (e.g., sky, background, thermal, readout).
Research and laboratory EXPERIENCE summary
Performed modern computer numerical methods, optimization algorithms, and Statistics, to include Monte Carlo simulation, resampling methods, parametric and non-parametric goodness-of-fits tests to theory validation, interpolation, integration, differential equations, and propagation of errors.
Big data and cognitive load management skills; Fortran language programming; Python; graphing (R, Matlab, SuperMongo), image formation, processing, and a proficiency with 3D CAD software and Linux, to include Word, Excel, Power Point. Latex. Scientific and Technical writing for web-based platforms and non-academic audiences.
Material Physics and Technology: Handling, configuring and controlling the operation of complex scientific instruments such as ultra-vacuum pumps and mass spectrometers, electronics and optoelectronic devices.
Applied electronics and Physical electronics, optics laboratory, physics of dielectrics and optical materials.
Advanced electromagnetism and electromagnetism laboratory, and solid state, quantum mechanics, optoelectronics, semiconductors, and design of logic blocks of FPGA using PSpice.
Laboratory of modern Physics - Microscopy and analysis techniques, including surface characterization, thin film diffractometric, vacuum, and techniques with lasers and plasma.
Computer-Based Measuring Systems: Astronomical observation and instrumentation (e.g. photometers, spectroscopies) and related software.
Active and passive transducers, analog and digital modes of operation, null and deflection methods, and methods of correction for interfering and modifying inputs.
Static Characteristics and Static Calibration: Calibration accuracy versus installed accuracy, combination of component errors in overall system.
Accuracy Calculations: Theory validation by experimental testing, effect of measurement error on quality control decisions in manufacturing, static sensitivity, computer-aided calibration and measurement:
Multiple Regression: Threshold, noise floor, resolution, hysteresis, and dead space, generalized static stiffness and input impedance -loading effects.
Dynamic Characteristics: Digital simulation methods for dynamic response analysis. sinusoidal transfer function, ramp response, frequency response, and impulse response of zero-order, first-order and second-order instruments, dead-time elements, logarithmic plotting of frequency-response curves, response of a general form of instrument to a periodic and transient input.
Frequency Spectra of Amplitude - Modulated Signals: Sensor selection using computer simulation, numerical correction of dynamic data, and experimental determination of measurement- system parameters, loading effects under dynamic conditions.
Motion and Dimensional Measurement: Fundamental standards, relative displacement - translational and rotational, e.g. resistive potentiometers, variable-inductance and variable-reluctance pickups, capacitance pickups, piezoelectric transducers, electro-optical devices, photographic and electronic-imaging techniques, photoelastic, brittle-coating, and moiré fringe stress-analysis techniques, displacement-to-pressure transducer, digital displacement transducers, ultrasonic transducers.
Relative Velocity -Translational and Rotational: Velocity by electrical differentiation of displacement voltage signals.
Laser-Based Methods. Moving-coil and moving-magnet pickups, dc tachometer generators for rotary-velocity measurement, ac tachometer generators for rotary-velocity measurement.
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