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     Date Submitted:01-11-2018
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     Current job:Post-doctoral research assistant
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     KeywordsSoftware developer, pipeline scientist, research scientist
    CV

    I am an astronomer, physicist and data scientist with extensive Python programming experience. I am interested in Bayesian inference, statistics and machine learning.

    Astronomy Centre
    Department of Physics and Astronomy University of Sussex, UK

    Born 1984

    United Kingdom Citizen

     

    Employment

    2016–present: Daphne Jackson Research Fellow; post-doctoral research assistant at the Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex, UK.

    2018: 3 month project with Public Health England investigating possibility of appyling Bayesian infer- ence to public health data on obesity.

    2017–2018: Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Project (HELP) pipeline scientist; producing a multiwave- length database across over 1200 square degrees of Herschel Space Observatory extra-galactic fields. Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex, UK.

    2011–2016: Co-owner and manager, Edwin Shirley Ltd. General management of family run trans- port business (turnover ~£500k, small-medium enterprise with over 10 employees). Responsibilities included securing clients and payment, managing accounts, organising theatre tour logistics, and over- seeing the transition to a new company director on my departure.

     

    Education

    PhD Theoretical Insights into the Combustion Synthesis of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles, Com- putational Modelling Group, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge. Thesis supervised by Professor Markus Kraft, 2011.

    BA/MSci Natural Sciences; specialising in theoretical physics, 2.2, St John’s College, University of Cambridge, 2006. Final year project: Radio Astronomy with Focal Plane Arrays supervised by Dr Rachel Padman.

    British Physics Olympiad Gold Medal (top 15 A level physics students in UK), 2002. Presented by the Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees at the Royal Society London.

     

    Presentations

    I organised the Sussex Astronomy Centre extragalactic seminar series for 2017–2018. In addition to regular talks at Sussex and Cambridge internal seminars and numerous short talks and posters at international conferences I have presented the following talks:

    1 hour talk on HELP software pipeline, HELP European Research Council final review meeting, Brus- sels, Belgium, 2018.

    30 minute talk on HELP database, HELP meeting, Sussex, UK, 2017.
    30 minute talk on HELP project, Tufts University, Boston, USA, 2017.
    10 minute talk at the National Astronomy Meeting, Hull, UK, 2017.
    45 minute talk at the 33rd International Symposium on Combustion, Beijing, China, 2010.

     

    Teaching

    2018: Teaching Assistant on course Data Analysis Techniques for masters and first year PhD students, University of Sussex. Supervision of fourth year masters student and first year PhD student, University of Sussex.

    2017: Teaching Assistant on course Data Analysis Techniques for masters and first year PhD students, University of Sussex.

    2010-2011: Supervised two fourth year masters projects, both leading to publications, University of Cambridge.

    2007–2011: Supervised third and fourth year undergraduate courses Statistics for Engineers, and Math- ematical Methods for Engineering, University of Cambridge.

     

    Journal Articles
    I have 12 publications in refereed journals, 4 first author publications and 1 under review, and 465 citations.

    My h-index is 9, and my i10-index is 9. Statistics taken from Google Scholar.

    R. Shirley, Y. Roehlly, P. D. Hurley, V. Buat, S. Duivenvoorden, K. J. Duncan, A. Efstathiou, D. Farrah, E. González Solares, K. Małek, L. Marchetti, I. McCheyne, E. Pons, A. Papadopoulos, R. Scipioni, M. Vaccari, and S. Oliver.
    HELP: A catalogue of 170 million objects, selected at 0.36—4.5 μm, from 1270 deg.2 of prime extra- galactic fields

    Under review; draft available on request, 2018

    K. Małek, V. Buat, Y. Roehlly, D. Burgarella, P. D. Hurley, R. Shirley, K. Duncan, A. Efstathiou, A. Papadopoulos, M. Vaccari, D. Farrah, L. Marchetti, and S Oliver.
    HELP: modelling the spectral energy distributions of Herschel detected galaxies in the ELAIS N1 field Astronomy and Astrophysics (in press), arXiv preprint arXiv:1809.00529, 2018

    V. Buat, M. Boquien, K. Małek, D. Corre, Y. Roehlly, R. Shirley, and A. Efstathiou.
    Dust attenuation and Halpha emission in a sample of galaxies observed with Herschel at 0.6 < z < 1.6 Astronomy and Astrophysics (in press), arXiv preprint arXiv:1809.00161, 2018

    R. Shirley, J. Akroyd, L. A. Miller, O. I. Inderwildi, U. Riedel, and M. Kraft. Theoretical insights into the surface growth of rutile TiO2
    Combustion and Flame, 158:10, 2011

    T. Totton, R. Shirley, and M. Kraft.
    First-principles thermochemistry for the combustion of TiCl4 in a methane flame Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 33, 2011

    J. Akroyd, A. J. Smith, R. Shirley, and M. Kraft.
    A coupled CFD-population balance approach for nanoparticle synthesis in turbulent reacting flows Chemical Engineering Science, 66:17, 2011

    R. Shirley, M. Kraft, and O. I. Inderwildi.
    Electronic and optical properties of aluminium-doped anatase and rutile TiO2 from ab initio calculations
    Physical Review B, 81:075111, 2010

    R. Shirley, W. Phadungsukanan, M. Kraft, J. Downing, N. E. Day, and P. Murray-Rust. First-principles thermochemistry for gas phase species in an industrial rutile chlorinator Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 114:43, 2010

    A. Raj, P. L. W. Man, T. Totton, M. Sander, R. Shirley, and M. Kraft.
    New polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) surface processes to improve the model prediction of the composition of combustion-generated PAHs and soot
    Carbon, 48, 319-332, 2010

    R. Shirley, Y. Liu, T. S. Totton, R. H. West, and M. Kraft.
    First-principles thermochemistry for the combustion of a TiCl4 and AlCl3 mix Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 113:13790–13796, 2009

    R. H. West, R. Shirley, M. Kraft, C. F. Goldsmith, and W. H. Green.
    A detailed kinetic model for combustion synthesis of titania from TiCl4 Combustion and Flame, 156:1764–1770, 2009

    A. Raj, M. S. Celnik, R. Shirley, M. Sander, R. I. A. Patterson, R. H. West, and M. Kraft. A statistical approach to develop a detailed soot growth model using PAH characteristics Combustion and Flame, 156, 896-913, 2009

    W. Phadungsukanan, S. Shekar, R. Shirley, M. Sander, R. H. West, and M. Kraft. First-principles thermochemistry for silicon species in the decomposition of tetraethoxysilane Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 113, 9041-9049, 2009

     

    Computer Skills

    I have extensive experience with Python having developed code for my PhD to run and diagnose the re- sults of quantum chemistry simulations, and going on to build the pipeline for HELP in Jupyter notebooks running Python. As part of my Daphne Jackson Fellowship at Sussex I built the Virtual Observatory at susseX (VOX):

    https://herschel-vos.phys.sussex.ac.uk/

    This database serves measurements and derived physical quantities for 170 million astronomical objects covering 1270 square degrees.

    Some of the technologies I have experience with are:

    Programming: Python, Astropy, Jupyter notebooks, Anaconda, Shell, Matlab, fortran, HTML, XML, PHP, and SQL.

     

    Other Skills: Linux, LATEX, Topcat, Alladin, Gaussian, CASTEP, Adobe Creative Suite, Mathematica, GitHub, and Wordpress.

     

    References

    Dr Jon Loveday, Reader In Astronomy University of Sussex 

    Prof Seb Oliver, Professor of Astrophysics University of Sussex

    Prof Markus Kraft, Professor of Chemical Engineering University of Cambridge
     


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