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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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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
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 8 Nov 2017 22:05:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:29-07-2017
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     Current job:Science Writer and editor
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
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     KeywordsPhysics, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Particle Physics, Science Communication, Science Writer, Editor, PhD, Social Media, Communication,
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    Personal statement

    I am a science writer and editor at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and a former researcher in Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology.

    Education

    M.A. Social Media and Digital Marketing, Europa Cube Innovation Business School, Turin, Italy (10/2014 – 04/2015)
    M.Sc. Journalism and Institutional Science Communication, University of Ferrara, Italy (12/2013 – 12/2014)
    Ph.D. in Astrophysics and Cosmology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy (11/2008 – 11/2011)
    M.Sc. in Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy (02/2006 – 11/2008)
    B.Sc. in Physics and Astrophysics, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy (10/2002 – 02/2006)

    Employment History

    Science Writer and Editor CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland (07/2015 – present)
    Writing, editing and subediting content for CERN’s key audiences (general public, scientists, CERN community, students and educators, particle physicists) used across a variety of channels including scientific journals, websites, social media, and within multimedia content. The list of articles can be found here: http://home.cern/authors/stefania-pandolfi and on the CERN Document Server.
    Proof-reading, managing standards for language, style and layout of online and printed content.
    Translation of texts from English to Italian, which are used in a variety of contexts and scientific exhibitions.
    Volunteer for the organization and management of events (Pop Science, TEDxCERN)

    Internship in Science Policy European Science Foundation, Strasbourg, France (01/ 2015 – 02/2015)
    Drafting of the historical leaflet on the European Space Sciences Committee: achievements, visibility, projects.
    Support to the Science Officer in charge of a European space sciences web portal.
    Acquired knowledge of the EC Framework Programmes.

    Post-doc in Astrophysics/ Cosmology Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (11/2011 – 11/2014)
    Independent research and research for the ESA Planck and Euclid experiments.
    Co-editor of the Euclid Consortium Newsletter.
    30 papers, more than 4500 citations, h-index = 14 (i.e. at least 14 of my published papers have been cited in other papers at least 14 times).
    Reviewer for IoP’s Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics.

    Science Writer/ Science Guide /Physics exhibitions design and management (2008 – 2012)
    Science Writer for scientific blogs and websites.
    Broad experience as a scientific guide for science festivals and scientific exhibitions.
    Concept, design and management of (astro)physics exhibitions.

    Additional work experiences

    Data Science: Summer School on Data Science + 1 month Internship at Royal Mail, London, UK: optimization of service delivery process efficiency.

    Additional Trainings

    Science Communication
    Google Analytics Training
    , CERN, 24 November 2016
    Persuasive Storytelling Workshop, Geneva, 11 October 2016
    Drupal in a Day, CERN, 21 April 2016
    Communication: Science or Art? (Workshop 1), CERN, 13 October 2015
    Permanent Workshop for the training of Scientific Explainers (La.Pe.Ex), Astronomical Museum and Planetary of Rome, Italy (March – May 2010)
    Training School for Scientific Astronomical Museum and Planetary of Rome, Italy (November 2008 – February 2009)
     

    Programming languages
    HPC Scientific Programming: tools and techniques
    (17-19 February 2014)
    Python for computational science (19-21 March 2013)
    Scripting in Python (11-14 December 2012)
    Scientific and Technical Computing in Fortran 95 (15-17 December 2009)

    Language skills

    Italian (native), English (fluent), French (intermediate), Spanish (intermediate), Danish (elementary)

    Computer skills

    Programming languages (Fortran, Python, C, Matlab: working knowledge) – Microsoft Office Package/Google Drive (working knowledge) – OS (Windows, Mac, Linux; working knowledge) – CMS (Drupal 7) and HTML (working knowledge) – Google Analytics – Adobe Photoshop (beginner)

    Key Soft Skills
    Flexibility – proven ability to cope with fast and continuously changing situations (jobs, requirements, countries, languages, higher management...).
    Dependability – proven ability to get work done with accuracy, to stay on task and keep deadlines – acquired through the work in large scientific collaborations and in editorial teams with fast-paced and ever changing publication schedules.
    Teamwork ability – proven ability to work within both small and large teams, with different background and cultures, distributed across different countries.
    Desire to learn/Openness to new challenges – proven, among other things, by the extent and variety of my scientific research; by the dedication and enthusiasm in changing from research to science communication and from astrophysics to particle physics; by the willingness of learning new languages (Spanish, Danish, French).


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