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     Date Submitted:27-12-2021
     Last Modified:27-12-2021 (02:22)
    Job information
     Current job:Space Scientist - Physicist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsManagement, Software Development, Numerical Simulations, Astrophysics, Mission Planning, Data Analysis and Processing, Mathematical Modeling & Statistics, Airborne and Space-borne instrumentation, Calibration and Commissioning, Remote Sensing, EO


    Dec 2011 – present: Aerospace Scientist - Physicist
    Remote Sensing Technology Institute, German Space & Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

    Satellite Missions & Responsibility:
    2019 – present: FDR4ATMOS (Fundamental Data Records for ATMOSpheric Composition) ESA Project: Deputy Manager - Level 2 data analyst - Level 1 calibration support
    2011 – present: MERLIN (Methane Remote Sensing LIDAR Mission) - Activity Manager: Payload monitoring & Quality and Performance assurance - Leader: Mission Planning - Review Board: Payload CDR with Airbus-D, Satellite CDR with CNES &
    2018 – 2020: Sentinel 4 (Imaging Spectrometer in UVN) Modeling: Solar and Earth
    Level 1 and Level 2 data
    2015 – 2019: SCIAMACHY (Spectrometer & Imager for Chartography) Scientific
    Consultant: Level 0-1 processor development, Level 2 data validation & Quality assurance
    2011 – 2015: CarbonSat (Earth Explorer Candidate) Activity Manager: Data processor, Level 0-1 Spectral calibration, Ensuring compliance with ESA requirements
    2011 – 2013: Sentinel 5 (High-res UVNS Spectrometer System) Responsible of the Instrument Spectral Response Function retrieval for Level 0-1 processor in collaboration with Kayser-Threde (OHB) and ESA


    2011 – 2012: Chair and Vice President, Silicon Valley Space Center, CA, USA

    Feb 2011 – Aug 2011:
    Adjunct Faculty in Astrophysics, Physics Department, Santa Clara University, CA, USA
    Radio-astronomer at Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute, Mountain View, CA, USA

    2008 – 2011: NASA Instrument Scientist
    NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA

    2008 – 2010: NASA SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) – $1.5 Million
    sub-Contract Manager, NASA & University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

    2003 – 2008: CARMA (Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy)
    Postdoc Researcher, Astronomy Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA


    2018 – present: MERLIN Science Advisory Group
    2019 – present: ESA FDR4ATMOS - Deputy Manager
    2017 – present: MERLIN Calibration/Validation group
    2015 – 2019: ESA SCIAMACHY Quality Working Group
    2011 – 2016: CarbonSat - DLR Project Scientist
    2010 – 2011: Google Lunar X Prize, Frednet, CA, USA
    2008 – 2011: NASA-SOFIA Community Task Force
    2003 – 2011: Co-I in the development of the “Field Imaging Far Infrared Line Spectrometer” for SOFIA
    2004 – 2007: Commissioning board of CARMA Radio Interferometer



    Jan 2021 - present: COURSERA IBM, “Databases & Data Science with SQL and Python”
    Oct - Dec 2020: Deep Learning AI, Stanford University, ”AI for Every Business”
    Nov 2015: Fistral Consultancy Ltd, Wessling, Germany. ”Project Risk Management”
    Jan 2014: Dr.Braune+Partner, Gunzburg, Germany. ”Project Management Compact”
    May - Jul 2011: Google & Hacker Dojo, Silicon Valley, CA, USA. ”Machine Learning”
    Mar 2011: NVIDIA, Santa Clara, CA, USA. ”Introduction to CUDA & GPU”
    Feb 2011: University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. ”Radio Interferometry Symposium II”
    Jun 2006: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA. ”NRAO Synthesis Imaging Workshop”
    Jan 2004: IBM NCSA, Champaign, IL, USA, ”Intermediate IBM pSeries”



    - Mathematical Modeling: Signal propagation, Signal distortion, Statistics, Data analysis and evaluation
    - Space Science & Physics: Scattering and multipath, Turbulence, Interplanetary medium, Ionosphere
    - Technology: Remote Sensing, Interferometry, Radio instrumentation, Spectroscopy, Optics, Lidar
    - Professional Writing: Funding proposals, Technical notes, Marketing & Vision, Entrepreneurial ideas


    - Operating Systems: macOS, Unix, Linux, Windows
    - Programming: Fortran 77/90, C, IDL, Matlab, Octave, Python, SQL
    - Editors & IDE: LaTeX, MS Office, Libre Office, iWork, PyCharm, Jupyter, Spyder
    - Technical Packages: MIRIAD, Py4Cat, Starlink, CASA, NumPy, SciPy, Astropy, Scikit-learm, Pandas



    since 2017: Session lead Remote Sensing Technology at “Earth Observation Center”, Wessling, Germany
    Jul 2019: Chair of the “Remote Sensing: Aerosols” Session, IGARSS Conference, Yokohama, Japan
    Dec 2010 - Nov 2011: Board of Directors - Astronomical Society of San Mateo County, CA, USA
    Jan 2010: Chair of the “Circumstellar Disks” Session, 215th AAS (American Astronomical Society) Meeting, Washington, DC, USA
    Aug 2009: Co-Chair of the SOFIA Science Session, IAU (International Astronomical Union) Assembly, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
    Jan 2009: Chambliss Award Committee Member, 213th AAS Meeting, Long Beach, CA, USA
    Jan 2009: Co-organizer of the NASA SOFIA Session, 213th AAS Meeting, Long Beach, CA, USA




    2003 - Ph.D. Astrophysics & Space Technology, University of Orleans & Observatory of Paris, France
    1999 - M.S. Astrophysics & Space Techniques, University of Paris VII, France
    1998 - B.S. Physics, University of Science & Technology, Algiers, Algeria



    Dec 2019: SCIAMACHY Success Award, University of Bremen and ESA
    Feb 2016: SOFIA Science Flight Award, NASA
    Mar 2010: CARMA Exceptional award, University of Chicago, IL, USA
    Dec 2009: NASA Award for “SOFIA Outstanding Work”
    2006 – 2008: $500,000 NASA Origin Grant [co-I]
    2005 – 2007: $150,000 Fellowship: Lab. for Astronomical Imaging, University of Illinois, IL, USA
    2004 – 2005: $200,000 NASA Spitzer Grant [co-I]
    2004 – 2008: 30,000 hrs - IBM p690 & Xeon Cluster, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
    1999 – 2003: PhD Fellowship, National Center for Research and Science, Paris, France
    Spring 1999: M.S. Fellowship, National Institute of Nuclear & Particle Physics, Coll`ege de France



    since 2013: “Infrarottechnik”, Dozent, Carl Cranz Gesellschaft, Wessling, Germany
    Mai 2018: “Infrarot Astronomie”, Sternwarte Diedorf, Augsburg, Germany
    Apr 2011: “Flying Through the Universe with SOFIA”, College of San Mateo, CA, USA
    Jan 2010: “SOFIA: An Airborne Observatory Also for Students & Teachers”, Alta Vista High-School, Mountain View, CA, USA
    May 2009: Chair of the “Astronomy & Physics” Session, Career Day, Cupertino Schools, CA, USA
    Feb 2009: “SOFIA: A Flying Telescope to Reveal Our Origins,” Santa Clara Schools, CA, USA
    Mar 2004: “BIMA (Berkeley-Illinois-Maryland Array): Why is Interferometry Needed?” , Hat Creek, CA, USA
    Feb 2000: “Solar Neutrinos: Ghosts or Dark?” Uranoscope of IdF, Paris, France



    • Counseled 100+ graduate and undergraduate students on research and career development
    • Taught Physics and Aerospace in both private, military, and government institutions
    • Designed and developed 5+ Physics curricula at various institutions
    • Introduced online remote teaching to provide a learning opportunity to students worldwide



    • Invited as a keynote speaker at over 20 International Events & Institutions
    • Attended over 50 professional Conferences & Workshops worldwide
    • Published over 30 papers in various journals including the very prestigious Astrophysical Journal and the NASA SOFIA Vision book




    - Professional Associations: EGU (European Geosciences Union), AGU (American Geophysical Union)
    - Languages: French, English, German (Intermediate: B1/B2 - EU Level)


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