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     Date Submitted:06-04-2018
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     Current job:PhD Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Operators
     KeywordsResearch Astrophysicist, Astrophysics, Astronomy, Space Scientist, Science, Physics, Data Analyst
    CV

    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

                             1420MHz Antenna

                             Academic Supervisor: Dr. Roddy Vann

                             Dissertation Project Supervisor: Dr. Charles Barton

     

    May 2014 – October 2014     Durham University Learning and Teaching Award

                                                    (DULTA)

     

    EXPERIENCE

    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

     

    PUBLICATIONS

    On the Connection Between Gamma-Ray and (Sub-)millimetre Emission in Active Galactic Nuclei (PhD thesis) http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/11934/

     

    OTHER SKILLS

     

    Computing:

    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.

     

    Language:

    Working knowledge of English, Tamil and Malay.

            

    REFERENCES

     

    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

    Durham                                                                  Durham

    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

     

    Email: john.quinn(at)ucd.ie


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