EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
2011 – 2016 PhD in Astroparticle Physics, Durham University
Thesis: On the Connection Between the Gamma-ray and (Sub-)
Millimetre Emission in Active Galactic Nuclei
Academic Supervisors: Prof. P.M. Chadwick, Dr. T.J.L. McComb
Dr. A.M. Brown
Skills: Multi-wavelength observational astronomy, data reduction, analyses and statistical methods with large datasets. Experience with Python and Fortran 90. I have also presented my work at various conferences and seminars to researchers in both similar and diverse disciplines.
Project: My PhD Thesis centred on the multi-wavelength observations of relativistic jets from active galaxies. Studies into these objects primarily concern the physics of plasma magneto-hydrodynamics including high energy particle acceleration and emission processes within relativistic jets.
During the course of my PhD, I have acquired experience in processing raw data from several different instruments. These include the JCMT SCUBA-2 (Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array 2), Fermi-LAT (Fermi-Large Area Telescope) and H.E.S.S. (High Energy Stereoscopic System – VHE Gamma-ray Telescope). I have also worked on data from the SMA (Submillimetre Array). My research also includes the use of statistical methods for analysing and interpreting data, particularly concerning the aspects of correlation studies, modelling multi-wavelength light curves as well as interpreting the physical properties based on statistical analysis of observational data.
2007 – 2011 MPhys Physics with Astrophysics, University of York (2:1)
(4-Year Integrated Masters Degree)
Dissertation: Construction of a Partial Galactic Map Using the
Academic Supervisor: Dr. Roddy Vann
Dissertation Project Supervisor: Dr. Charles Barton
May 2014 – October 2014 Durham University Learning and Teaching Award
Position: PhD Researcher in Very High Energy Gamma-ray Astronomy
Organisation: Durham University, United Kingdom
October 2011 – January 2017
Conducted independent and collaborative research as part of the H.E.S.S. and CTA collaborations
Presented my work at various seminars and conferences
I have been successful in obtaining observation time with the SCUBA-2 instrument on two occasions for the monitoring of several blazar sources in target-of-opportunity campaigns
Attended the Nijmegen Astroparticle Physics Summer school in 2012, where I gained training in various fields within astroparticle physics (e.g. gravitational wave astronomy, neutrino detector physics and dark matter)
Position: Demonstrator at Level 3 (3rd Year) Undergraduate Nuclear Laboratory
Organisation: Durham University
October 2011 – April 2013
Taught and assisted students as they carried out research based activities on a variety of fields within Nuclear Physics
Responsible for the handling of radioactive sources involved in each experiment
Ensured all students abided by the strict health and safety guidelines
Monitored student progress on a weekly basis
Provided assessment feedback at the end of each term
Position: 2nd & 5th Form Class Teacher
Organisation: Seafield National Secondary School (Ministry of Education, Malaysia)
Summer 2010 (17 July – 5 September)
Taught and tutored students in the following subjects as specified by the national education curriculum:
4th and 5th Form Chemistry (5 classes)
3rd Form Living Skills (2 classes)
1st and 2nd Form Malay Language and Moral Education
Developed leadership qualities as well as motivational and counselling methods when interacting with teenagers
Developed various approaches to teaching in order to assist students with different needs
Experience in handling large groups of students (approximately 40 students at a time) during lessons
Summer 2009 (July – October)
Conducted tuition classes for students in Fifth Form Physics in preparation for the Malaysian Certificate of Education (GCSE Equivalent) Examination;
Attended courses in Arhatic Yoga under the Institute of Inner Studies Inc. (Alternative Medicine and Theosophical Studies); and
Conducted yoga and meditation classes focussed on mindfulness and psychological well-being.
Position: Volunteer Tutor (primary school students)
Organisation: Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam (Local Non-profit Organisation)
January – October 2007 (including summer of 2008)
Tutored and mentored primary level students from underprivileged backgrounds in Mathematics, Science and English
Help provide children with a safe and nurturing learning environment
Help instil effective learning methods at a fundamental level
Experienced interacting with children from different walks of life
CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS
NAM (National Astronomy Meeting) in Portsmouth 2014
Poster: Target - of - Opportunity SCUBA-2 Observations of MRK 421 during an Outburst (April 2013)
(Note: Poster was short-listed to win the best poster prize)
H.E.S.S. Annual Meeting in Bochum, Germany 2013
Presentation: Multi-wavelength Observations of PKS 2155-304 during Quiescence
High Energy Astroparticle Physics Summer School in Nigmegen August 2012
Presentation: Einstein Telescope (Proposed 3rd Generation Gravitational Wave Detector Physics)
H.E.S.S. (High Energy Spectroscopic System) Annual Meeting in Leicester 2012
On the Connection Between Gamma-Ray and (Sub-)millimetre Emission in Active Galactic Nuclei (PhD thesis) http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/11934/
Proficient user of word processing and spreadsheets;
Familiar with graphing software such as Graph, Origin, Excel;
Familiar with the use of National Instruments LabView programming;
Familiar with basic programming with Fortran 90;
Familiar with the use of the Python programming software; and
Familiar with the LaTeX word processer.
Working knowledge of English, Tamil and Malay.
Prof. Paula M. Chadwick Dr. T. J. L. McComb
(Academic Supervisor) (Academic Supervisor)
Department of Physics Department of Physics
Durham University Durham University
South Road South Road
DH1 3LE DH1 3LE
Email: p.m.chadwick(at)durham.ac.uk Email: t.j.l.mccomb(at)durham.ac.uk
Assc. Prof. John Quinn
(PhD External Examiner)
School of Physics
University College Dublin
Science Centre – North Belfied
Dublin 4, Ireland
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