CV: Astrophysics Research Associate



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 Date Submitted:13-03-2013
 Last Modified:14-03-2013 (08:33)
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 Current job:Astrophysics Research Associate
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Own country
 Date available:within 2 months
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
 KeywordsAstronomy, data reduction, satellite instrument control team member


Ph.D. in Experimental Physics, 2003, University College Dublin, Ireland.

B.Sc. Double Honours, Experimental Physics and Mathematics, 1998, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth, Ireland.


Current Position        

Postdoctoral Research Associate/SPIRE ICC member, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom. (2008-present)

Infrared (IR) ISM studies of nearby star forming galaxies, Optical/IR studies of low luminosity AGN, optical-based studies of stellar populations in LINER host galaxies and high redshift U/HLIRGs. Member of ESA’s Herschel far-IR consortium for the SPIRE imager/spectrograph, with responsibilities as part of the SPIRE Instrument Control Centre team (ICC), working in the SPIRE photometer, quality control, training and documentation groups. I am also a member of the UK Herschel Outreach group. I also undertook mentoring of undergraduate astrophysics students working with our research group.


Previous Positions    

Postdoctoral Research Associate, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA. (2004-2008)

Studies of dwarf, starburst and Wolf Rayet galaxies at low redshift, IR studies of AGN, optical studies of stellar populations. In the course of this postdoctoral position, I also undertook mentoring of postgraduate and undergraduate astrophysics students working with our research group, leading to a number of publications.

Postdoctoral scholar, Dunsink Observatory, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, Ireland (2002-2004).

Starburst and Wolf-Rayet galaxies at low and high redshift / AGN

Postgraduate Researcher, University College Dublin, Ireland (1998-2002).

Starburst and Wolf-Rayet galaxies at low and high redshift / AGN


Project Membership 

Herschel HELGA Andromeda Galaxy survey, since 2011.

HerMES Herschel Multi-tiered Extragalactic Surveymember, since 2008

Herschel SPIRE Local Galaxies guaranteed time program (SAG2), member of the Dwarf Galaxy and Very Nearby Galaxies surveys, since 2008.

Spitzer SAGE-Spec Large Magellanic Cloud program member, since 2007.

Herschel SPIRE Instrument Control Centre member, since 2008.       


Programming/computing experience           

Java, Jython


Highly experienced in Unix/Linux/Mac/Windows system/network administration.

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