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Candidate Profile
 Date Submitted:08-01-2016
 Last Modified:22-07-2016 (12:59)
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 Current job:Researcher at University of Chicago
 Employment Term:Temp/Contract
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within a month
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services,
 KeywordsMathematical / Analytical skills Athletically gifted
CV

Education

University of Chicago 2008 -- 2015
Ph.D., Physics { Thesis: Cosmology and Singularities in Massive Gravity

University of Amsterdam 2006 -- 2008
Master (M.Sc.) in Theoretical Physics (cum laude). Thesis: AdS/CFT - Foundations and Applications to Hydrodynamics

Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, France, and University of Strasbourg, France 2002 -- 2006
Licence de Physique (B.Sc. equivalent), and visiting Master student, Sciences de la Matiere

 

Work

University of Chicago 2008 -- 2015
| Research in Theoretical Cosmology (Gravity, Dark Matter) and Exoplanets. Select publications:
 Self-accelerating Massive Gravity: Exact solutions for any isotropic matter distribution (98 citations as of 11/2015)
 Self-accelerating Massive Gravity: How Zweibeins Walk through Determinant Singularities
 Hidden Sector Dark Matter Models for the Galactic Center Gamma-Ray Excess


| Select Coursework: General Relativity, Quantum Field Theory, Cosmology, String Theory, Space Physics


| Teaching: physics laboratory sessions for undergraduates, teaching assistant for several undergraduate courses (both for physics and non-physics majors)

 

Skills


Programming languages: Python (advanced) C, Fortran, JavaScript
 Fundamental knowledge in Theoretical Physics
 Expert in general relativity and massive gravity
 Great familiarity with Mathematica
 Experience using computer clusters
 Teaching skills, both one-on-one and classroom (up to 30 students)
 Pianist at semi-professional level
 Tennis player at semi-professional level
 Languages:

fluent in French, German, Luxembourgish, basic skills in Turkish

 

Machine Learning Projects – Built and Implemented

• Simple and Multiple Regression as well as Ridge Regression frameworks for predicting house prices • Sentiment analysis classifier using logistic regression with stochastic gradient ascent
• Intelligent document retrieval system for Wikipedia entries
• Song recommender system using matrix factorization

• Neural networks for image search and classification
• Decision tree using recursive greedy algorithm, extension to continuous inputs for predicting risk associated with loan • AdaBoost algorithm, application to above bank loan predictor

Talks and Awards

| Talks:
 Stability considerations in self-accelerating massive gravity, at Novel Probes of Gravity and Dark Energy Workshop,
University of Pennsylvania (2013)
 Cosmological constant from massive gravity, at 22nd Midwest Relativity Meeting, University of Chicago (2012)

| Awards:
 Bourse FNR: 4 year scholarship for PhD studies, by Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), Luxembourg
 Winner of essay competition on Albert Camus, and subsequent participation in the documentary Vivre avec Camus by fillmmaker Joel Calmettes

 

Interests and extracurricular achievements

| Piano:
 "Premier Prix" in piano (1999, second-highest exam) , Conservatoire de musique de la ville de Luxembourg
 Performance of Mozarts Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat major (1999), and other performances (1995 - 2015)
 

| Tennis:
 ITF junior circuit: Mobilux Junior Open (1998, pre-professional tournament)
 Highest level reached: equivalent 5.5 NTRP (U.S. National Tennis Rating Program, scale 1.0 beginner - 7.0 world class)

| Running and stair climbing:
 consistently top 5% placement in half marathons
 consistently top 2% placement in stairclimbing events (e.g. Skyrise, Hustle up the Hancock). Occasional elite participant.


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