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 Date Submitted:19-02-2013
 Last Modified:20-02-2013 (08:29)
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 Current job:Astronomy researcher
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RESEARCH SCIENTIST, PROGRAMMER AND TECHNICAL WRITER

Proficiency In Computer Programming And Data Analysis, Technical Writing Skills 

Expertise In Fortran And Python Programming - Writer Of Numerous Science Papers

 

  • Ability to develop algorithms to solve complex problems
  • Extensive experience in the use of operating systems (e.g. Linux, Unix, Mac OS X) and productivity suites (e.g. MS Office, iWork)
  • Proficiency in several programming and scripting languages, including object-oriented programming languages (e.g. Fortran, Python, Exelis IDL, Java, perl, csh, bash)
  • Knowledge and ability to use relational databases
  • Capability of learning new programming languages in a short period of time 
  • Expertise in the usage of complex data analysis software for astronomy (e.g. CIAO, XMM-SAS, IRAF, MIDAS, etc.) on large datasets
  • Competence in writing technical papers to present analysis procedures and scientific results (as shown by 9 peer-reviewed 1st-author papers published in science journals and 23 co-authored papers)
  • Ability to clearly outline analysis procedures and scientific results in front of an audience (as demonstrated by 21 oral presentations at science conferences and seminars)
  • Ability to work as part of a team

 

Career History

     

INAF - BOLOGNA ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY (BOLOGNA, ITALY)

Postdoctoral Researcher (September 2009 - June 2012)

Latest salary: EUR 22,000/yr

 

Responsibilities & Highlights:

 

  • Worked on scientific data analysis of observations from European Space Agency's XMM-Newton satellite for X-ray astronomy
  • Wrote 2 scientific paper as 1st author and co-authored other 2 scientific papers
  • Presented scientific talks on his work in 7 conferences and institutional seminars worldwide
  • Developed programming skills in Python and Exelis IDL (Interactive Data Language), among others 

   

HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS (CAMBRIDGE, MA)

Postdoctoral Researcher (February 2003 - August 2009)

Latest salary: USD 54,000/yr

 

Responsibilities & Highlights:

 

  • Worked on scientific data analysis of observations from NASA's Chandra satellite for X-ray astronomy
  • Contributed to a NASA press release (http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/04_releases/press_010704.html)
  • Wrote 5 scientific paper as 1st author and co-authored 19 scientific papers
  • Presented scientific talks on his work in 11 conferences and institutional seminars worldwide
  • Improved programming skills in Fortran and Perl
  • Perfected scientific and technical writing skills and oral presentation skills
  • Developed the capability to work as part of a team

 

 

Education

 

Ph. D. In Astronomy

January 2003, University Of Milan (Italy)

Developed a complex algorithm to detect and analyze sources of celestial X-ray emission in XMM-Newton observations

 

Bachelor Of Science In Astronomy

July 1999, University Of Bologna (Italy)

Developed a classification method for the spectral morphology of galaxies in clusters using multi-object optical spectroscopy and Principal Component Analysis techniques to identify common patterns in galaxy spectra and morphology (during graduation thesis project)

 

 

Additional professional qualifications:

 

  • Co-organizer for the weekly meetings of the Bologna astronomy research area (2010-12)
  • Referee for prestigious scientific journals such as "The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society" and "The Astrophysical Journal" (2007-)
  • NASA Peer Reviewer for allocating observing time of the Chandra satellite for X-ray astronomy (2005)
  • Member of the American Astronomical Society (2004-)
  • Co-author of the NASA Chandra X-ray observatory press release on the Antennae colliding galaxies ISM: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/04_releases/press_010704.html

 

 

Professional References:

 

Dr. Stefano Ettori 

INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna

Via Ranzani 1, I-40127 Bologna, Italy

 

Dr. William R. Forman 

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

60 Garden Street MS-3, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

 

Dr. Giuseppina Fabbiano 

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

60 Garden Street MS-6, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA


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