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     Date Submitted:28-03-2019
     Last Modified:28-03-2019 (05:27)
    Job information
     Current job:Junior Robotics Software Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Keywordssoftware, robotics, C++, C, ROS, vision, reinforcement learning, machine learning, engineering, automation, space, satellites, control, python, rust, matlab, slam, HDL

    Junior Roboticist & Software Engineer

    EU citizen

    Fresh graduate from an international Erasmus+ master’s degree in space engineering and science, specialising in robotics and automation, with a background in C and C++ among several languages and diverse work experience.

    Robotics and related subjects

    Thesis topic: guided policy search (reinforcement learning) on a lightweight industrial robotic arm, including development of a ROS plugin in C++, a learning agent in Python and associated Python configuration scripts
    Mechanics of robots, including position, movement and rotation using matrices and quaternions, trajectory calcu­la­tion, Denavit-Hartenberg parameters, forward and inverse kinematics and elementary dynamics
    Introductory computer vision, including image filtering, corner detection, perspective projection and stereo vision
    Control engineering, including classical analogue and digital, and state-space control
    Reinforcem2001--2004   University of Glasgowent learning from Markov decision processes to policy gradients and partially observable MDPs
    Modelling, estimation and simulation of dynamic systems with project work in Matlab and Simulink
    Mobile robotics course introduced ROS for control, sensing and SLAM

    Software development
    Self-taught programmer mainly in C/C++, but also Python, Matlab, Haskell and Rust
    University courses in C, C++ and Ada all passed at A grade and online courses in Scala and Haskell completed
    Designed and wrote the on-board software for a mock satellite project (sensors, inter-process and ground-station communication) for master’s degree using C++ and the RODOS ­real-time OS
    Matlab for atmospheric radar analysis and rapid prototyping using regression and system modelling and simulation

    Development methodology and support skills
    Self-taught in computer fundamentals---instruction pipeline, memory mapping, combinatorial logic, et cetera
    Courses in data structures and algorithms, including binary trees, queues, maps, basic sorts and big-O notation, and in object-orientated design and UML
    Version control with git (Bitbucket/Github)
    Daily Linux user since 2001---happy to troubleshoot and debug at the terminal

    Space engineering
    Orbital mechanics, from Kepler and Newton’s laws, through the two-body problem to perturbations
    Mission analysis: power cycles, orbit maintenance, computer redundancy, mass/fuel/comms budgets, lifetimes
    Attitude control theory and equipment, including sensors, thrusters, wheels and other torquers
    Courses in solar plasma physics and spacecraft-environment interactions---radiation, electromagnetics, et cetera
    Internship: prototyped a software-defined radio groundstation for cubesats using GNU Radio, Python and C++

    Hardware development
    Introductory HDLs in undergraduate computer systems course and later online course on building a computer in simulation from nand gates, through components such as flip-flops, to an ALU and a fetch-execute circuit
    Circuit design and construction during bachelor's degree projects, e.g. small commercial radio receiverJunior Roboticist & Software Engineer
    Long experience of soldering and repairing audio circuits and musical instruments/accessories
    Business skills
    Excellent communication: Worked for three years as a subeditor and designer on a national newspaper
    Teamwork: Successful three-month group project to build a floating mock satellite as on-board programmer among mechanical engineers, a control engineer, a ground-station programmer and an electrical engineer
    Leadership: As editor of university newspaper was responsible for a core team of around 20 people and learned to understand everyone’s motives to get the best work out of them

    2016--2018    Luleå University of Technology and Aalto University with semester at University of Würzburg: MSc Space Science and Technology (Erasmus Spacemaster)
    Robotics and automation, space dynamics, spacecraft system design, space plasma physics, environmental interactions, small satellite design-and-build project
    2009--2013    University of Surrey: BEng Space Technology and Planetary Exploration (2:1)
    Analogue and digital electronics, C/C++ programming, object-orientated design, circuit theory, electromagnetism, mathe-matics, control engineering, satellite systems, dynamics and missions and professional, teamwork and business studies
    1993--2000    Burford School
    A Level: Computing (A), Maths (C), Physics (C)
    GCSE: English (A/A), Maths (A), Business (B), Science (B/B), German (B), History (B), Art (C), Religious Studies (C)2000

    2016    École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne/Coursera: Functional Programming Principles in Scala (94%)

    2016    Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Coursera: Build a Modern Computer from First Principles: From Nand to Tetris Part I (100%)
    2014    Delft University of Technology/edX: Functional Programming with Haskell (Pass)
    2013    National Council for the Training of Journalists
    Reporting, court reporting, media law, subediting, shorthand and public affairs
    2001--2004    University of Glasgow    Computing Science/English Language (unfinished degree)

    June 2017--Aug 2017    Satellite Applications Catapult, Harwell
    Ground communications intern, Missions Team
    May 2016--Sep 2016 Short contracts, Oxford
    Jul 2013--May 2016 People’s Press Printing Society, London
    Feb 2009--Aug 2009    Short administrative contracts, Oxford
    Jul 2007--Feb 2009    Aon, Glasgow
    Insurance renewal administrator
    Feb 2007--Jul 2007    Short administrative contracts, Glasgow
    Jul 2006--Feb 2007    Hudson, Glasgow
    CV processing administrator
    Mar 2006--Jul 2006    Bee Successful, Glasgow
    Web developer (contract)
    Jul 2004--Mar 2006    Short administrative contracts, Oxford/Glasgow
    Sep 2000--Sep 2001    RCP Consultants, Didcot
    Programmer (financial computing)/IT Support

    English: Native
    German: Intermediate(A2.1)
    Swedish, Finnish, French, Arabic: Limited exposure

    2012    University of Surrey Students' Union    Student Media Award
    2011    University of Surrey Students' Union    Most Active Society Member Award (university newspaper)
    2000    Young Enterprise Oxfordshire    Young Achiever of the Year

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