CV: MSci Physics and MSc Astrophysics graduate


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 Date Submitted:06-07-2012
 Last Modified:12-07-2012 (07:24)
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 Current job:MSci Physics and MSc Astrophysics graduate
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:, , Consulting/Engineering Services
 KeywordsNumerate, analytical, passionate, research experience, data analysis skills, reliable, adaptable, flexible, programming skills

An MSci Physics and MSc in Astrophysics graduate with a proven ability to work well on own initiative or as part of a team.

Skills & Abilities

  • Strong communication skills (both written and oral).
  • Excellent numeracy and problem solving skills.
  • Able to work effectively under pressure.
  • Reliable, flexible and adaptable.
  • Experience researching and analysing data.
  • Good time management skills and able to meet with deadlines.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office packages (e.g. Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
  • Competent programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, IDL, FORTRAN).


2010 to 2011                              University of Glasgow, MSc with Merit in Astrophysics


Modules included:


Advanced Data Analysis


  • Acquired a working knowledge of advanced data analysis methods.
  • Gained familiarity with the key differences between a frequentist and Bayesian approach to data analysis.
  • Developed awareness of current literature on advanced data analysis for the physical sciences, and the software available to supports its application to real problems.
  • Mock data challenge where the task was to write a short computer code in a programming language of my choice (MATLAB) using the principles and practical ideas introduced in the lectures.


Research Skills

  • Gave 30 minute presentation covering aspects of solar physics project.
  • Learned about research proposals, citation metric, poster presentations, and brainstorming ideas.


Solar Physics Project: Measuring temperature structure of solar flares using data from SDO/AIA.


  • Researched the topic using published research papers and books.
  • Used the high level programming language IDL.
  • Applied a technique called ‘regularized inversion’ to determine the temperature structure of a solar flare.
  • Compiled the results and developed a written report using LaTeX.


MSc Project:  Estimation of the linear redshift distortion parameter from current and future redshift surveys


  • Researched the topic using published research papers and books.
  • Used the high level programming language MATLAB.
  • Analysed the data using complex data analysis methods.
  • Compiled information resulting in a detailed written report using LaTeX.



2005 to 2010                                 University of Strathclyde, MSci Physics (2:1)




  • Placed on the Dean’s list twice.





Experimental/Practical Physics


  • Completing experiments selected from a range of topics covered in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year curriculum.
  • Learned how to keep a laboratory notebook.
  • Learned how to perform error analysis of the results.
  • Developed my formal report writing skills.


Project Training


  • Learned how to complete a literature survey.
  • Became aware of different referencing systems and aware of the pitfalls of web-based referencing.
  • Prepared and delivered a poster presentation.
  • Developed and gave an oral presentation using computer based presentation software.


Industrial Project


  • Summer placement at the University of Glasgow.
  • Involved creating programs using MATLAB and running simulations based on the data obtained.
  • The results were compiled and produced in a written report using LaTeX.


Managing Technological Innovation


  • Understanding of innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation and the skills required for success in these areas.
  • Exposure to management principles and techniques relevant to technological industries.
  • Development of understanding of cash flows and break even calculations.
  • Experience of team working.
  • Improved appreciation of career opportunities and roles for technology based students.
  • Project work concentrating on the production of a business plan for the development of an innovative product.

4th and 5th year MSci Project: Computational Simulation and Molecular modelling applications to ultrafast 2D-IR spectroscopy


  • Investigating one and two dimensional infrared spectroscopy of a small molecule in gas phase and solution using methods from semi-empirical quantum chemistry and chemical physics.
  • Developed a solid grounding in atomistic scale modelling and extensive experience with the UNIX computing environment.
  • Project allowed me to gain some experience in using scripting languages (bash shell and PERL) and further developed my scientific programming skills in FORTRAN.



1999 to 2005                                         Uddingston Grammar School


  • 1 Advanced Higher in Physics (A)
  • 5 Highers in Physics, English, Computing, Mathematics, Chemistry (ABBBC)
  • 1 Intermediate 2 in English (B)
  • 8 Standard Grades (three 1’s, four 2’s and a 3).





Work Experience

December 2011 – December 2011             Clinton Cards PLC
                                                                     Christmas Temp

Duties:  Stock room and shelf replenishment, dealing with customer enquiries.

July 2011 – July 2011                               University of Glasgow

Duties: Assisting the School of Physics and Astronomy in a webchat with prospective postgraduate students.

April 2007 – September 2007                 Culture and Sport Glasgow
                                                                  Seasonal Leisure Attendant

Duties: Keeping the facilities clean and tidy, keyholding duties, supplying customers with sporting equipment – tennis racquets, bowling equipment, golf clubs.

March 2006 – September 2006                Glasgow City Council
                                                                Seasonal Leisure Attendant

Duties: Keeping the facilities clean and tidy, keyholding duties, supplying customers with sporting equipment – tennis racquets, bowling equipment, golf clubs.


Personal Achievements

I was a former member of the Boys’ Brigade. One of my proudest achievements was obtaining the Queen’s Badge. As part of the work for the Queen’s Badge I was involved in voluntary care work, which gave me the opportunity to deal with disabled people. After successfully completing the Queen’s Badge work I was promoted to Staff Sergeant which allowed me to help the younger boys with their badge work and activities.

Interests & Activities 

I enjoy keeping up to date with developments in the science community and going to the gym.


Additional Information

Driving:                                                  Full clean licence.
Member of professional body:           Institute of Physics (IOP) associate member (1129226).
References:                                           Excellent references available upon request.

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