CV: Instrument Scientist


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 Date Submitted:22-05-2014
 Last Modified:22-05-2014 (09:33)
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 Current job:Instrument Scientist
 Employment Term:Temp/Contract
 Job location:Europe only
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Satellite Operators
 KeywordsExperience in X-ray Detectors (Imaging and Timing), Satellite Electronics, Data Pipeline, Data analysis, Project Management, Instrument Team, LEO satellites
Born 21. March, 1977 in Beuthen (Poland)
Married, no children
Citizenship: German
Technical Expertise: 
More than 10 years of experience in research and development for X-ray detectors, electronics and scientific data analysis, including 2 years of project management experience for the electronics of both scientific instruments mounted on the LOFT satellite
Electronic and detector development for space environments; specifically simulation, calibration, characterization, and reconstruction of individual photons
Data analysis of scientific satellite data, including time and spectral analysis, error estimation, development and testing of algorithms for data processing 
Excellent knowledge in multiple programming languages and operating systems, i.e., IDL, Shell-Scripts, C++, Python, Windows, Unix/Linux and Mac-OS
Project representative at multiple, international conferences 
Work Experience
01.2012 – 12.2013
Researcher / Postdoc, 
Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics,
University Tübingen, Germany
- Assistant Project Manager and Co-Investigator for the electronic development and data reconstruction of imaging detectors with the ESA LOFT satellite mission
- Compiled requirement documentation and manuals for satellite hardware according to industry standards
- Mentored and supervised diploma and PhD students during electronic development in VHDL and data analysis of satellite data
01.2005 – 12.2011
Research Assistant / Graduate Student
University of California, San Diego, California, USA
- Member of the MIRAX and RXTE satellite instrument teams; specifically technical support, cross-calibration, and detector testing
- Data analysis of X-Ray satellite data of neutron stars from the RXTE and Suzaku satellites
- Testing, calibration, and characterization of X-ray detectors and electronics, including planning and building of test environments
07.2001 – 11.2004
Research Assistant
Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics,
UniversityTübingen, Germany
- Development, implementation, and testing of hardware and software for the INTEGRAL and MIRAX satellites and student labs
01.2005 – 12.2011
Graduate School at the University of California, 
San Diego, California, USA. 
Majors: Physics and Astronomy 
Degrees: Master (2009) and PhD (2011)
PhD-Thesis Title: “Cyclotron Line and Wind studies of Galactic High Mass X-ray Binaries”
Grade: 1.3 (GPA 3.8)
07.2000 – 06.2001
Study Abroad at the San Diego State University, 
San Diego, California, USA
Majors: Physics and Computer Science
09.1997 – 08.2004
University Tübingen, Major: Physics (Degree: Diploma)
Minors: Computer Science and Astronomy
Thesis title: “Aufbau einer Testumgebung und eines Röntgenmessstandes für den Event-Pre-Prozessor bei der MIRAX-Mission“
Grade: 2.0
08.1987 – 06.1996
Technical Gymnasium, Nagold
Degree: Fachhochschulreife / Abitur
Additional Training
03.2014 – 04.2014
Certified in Microsoft SQL 2008 Server Database Administration and Management
Participation in the ESA summer school: “Mission Concept and Payload Design in X-Ray and Gamma-Ray astronomy”, Bologna, Italy
09.1996 – 06.1997
Military service
Scientific Collaborations
07.2009 & 07.2010
Visit to the Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA, USA to collaborate with Dr. Katja Pottschmidt on satellite data extraction of the Suzaku satellite
Visit to the University of Warwick, UK to collaborate with Prof. Dr. Jörn Wilms on data analysis of the RXTE satellite
06.2005 – 06.2012
Multiple visits to the Dr. Karl Remeis Observatory in Bamberg, Germany and the University of Tübingen, Germany to work on satellite data and calibration issues from multiple satellites
8 First Author Publications (3 Peer Reviewed, 5 Technical Conference Proceedings)
Over 40 publications as Co-Author in International Publications and Conference Proceedings, e.g. SPIE
Multiple Presentations at national and international conferences, including project specific collaboration meetings
German Native speaker
English Fluent
French Basic knowledge
Polish Good knowledge
Public Outreach
Organized and taught at the “Kinder Universität Tübingen, Astronomie”, (Children University Tübingen, Astronomy)
08.2013 – 09.2013
Designed Curriculum and taught the astronomical lab for gifted school kids at University Tübingen
01.2009 – 10.2011
Taught in the Young Physicist Program at the Physics Department of the University of California, San Diego
Travel (City and international travel)
Cooking (international cuisine)
Hiking and Biking

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