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     Date Submitted:28-10-2020
     Last Modified:28-10-2020 (12:31)
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     Current job:Physicist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsinstrument modeling, simulation, earth observation, astronomy, data analysis, statistics, CCDs, optical polarization, programming



    Perseverance and deep comprehension to identify and solve complex problems. Critical thinker for whom attention to detail is just as important as the big picture. Physicist with proficiency in scientific data analysis, statistics as well as simulation and instrument modeling, across different fields and subjects. 13 years of experience with satellite missions in Earth observation and astronomy. Experience with scripting and programming, algorithm development and the handling and processing of large data sets. Worked inside large international teams and collaborations. Looking forward to work on (ideally scientific) satellite instruments and/or data, within a team that sets a high value on communication and collaboration.



    NPI Postdoc at Leiden University and ESA/Estec                    2017-2020

    VIS instrument of Euclid mission to investigate the nature of dark matter

    ·       Assess the effect of radiation damage to a CCD sensor in space (Euclid mission) on cosmological measurements with image simulations and modeling of radiation damage

    ·       Tests and improvement of different models

    ·       Laboratory data analysis from instrument prototype sensors

    ·       Concept, commissioning and calibration of a new experiment involving a smartphone display as a (scene) projector of realistic images onto a CCD 


    Research Scientist at University of Bremen, Institute of Environmental Physics                   2007-2017

    SCIAMACHY Quality Working Group to support the SCIAMACHY instrument on ESA’s Envisat satellite, measuring trace gases and pollution in Earth’s atmosphere

    ·       In-flight calibration of the instrument’s polarization response, determined a set of new calibration parameters (on-ground parameters proved to be invalid in-flight) using different types of in-flight data from this and other instruments, radiative transfer simulations and instrument modeling 

    ·       Organization and chairing of regular group meetings

    ·       Participation in several design studies for Earth observation satellite instruments. 

    ·       Studies on the detection and optical properties of clouds and aerosols. 

    ·       Development and prototyping of polarization calibration and cloud detection algorithms. 


    Research Associate at RIKEN-BNL (Brookhaven National Laboratory) Research Center             2006-2007

    The PHENIX experiment (particle physics) to investigate the spin structure of the nucleon 

    ·       Statistical analysis of large amounts of experimental data 

    ·       Data quality monitoring and checks

    ·       Developed new method to correct false asymmetries


    Postdoc at Max-Planck Institute for Physics in Munich                2004-2005

    MAGIC High energy gamma ray telescope

    ·       Initiated and enabled near real-time data quality monitoring, data quality analysis

    ·       Research on and simulation or testing of devices for cloud detection (infrared camera, LIDAR and radiometer)


    Ph.D. student at DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) in Hamburg                2001-2004

    HERMES experiment (particle physics) to investigate the spin structure of the nucleon 

    Statistical analysis, modeling and simulation of experimental data

    Adaptation of a physics model (Monte Carlo) to the specific conditions of the experiment

    Derived the gluon polarization of the nucleon using asymmetries of photoproduced hadrons and a physics model







    Team work in international collaborations and specialized international working groups and projects

    Work within scientific space projects in astronomy and Earth observation

    Profound quantitative, systematic data analysis and data reduction using self written software and software analysis programs (Python, C/C++ and statistical analysis with ROOT)

    Handling of large data sets, cluster/grid computing

    Instrument and image simulation, modeling of instrumental effects

    Instrument (re-) calibration analysis and data quality monitoring: development of software tools and algorithms, understanding hardware/instrumental issues

    Basic hardware experience, operation of high energy physics experiments and ground based telescopes

    Eloquent writing skills: internal reports, theses and refereed journal papers

    Presentation of results in talks at international conferences and meetings

    Supervision of students


    Programming Skills


    C++, C: very good

    Python: very good

    Unix/Linux/MacOS: very good

    MS Windows: good

    FORTRAN: basic

    Unix/Linux bash script: good

    Analysis/visualization software: ROOT (very good)



    German: native

    English: professional proficiency

    Dutch: elementary proficiency

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