CV: PhD graduate - Astrophysics


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 Date Submitted:28-09-2017
 Last Modified:05-10-2017 (10:57)
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 Current job:PhD graduate - Astrophysics
 Employment Term:Either
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within a month
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 KeywordsPhD in Astronomy, data analysis and imaging, pipeline development

My postgraduate studies in physics and astronomy have given me a strong foundation in data reduction, analysis, modelling and visualisation, as well as statistical methods. I have an excellent grounding in mathematics and am easily able to move between different coding languages and absorb and implement new knowledge quickly and effectively. I am comfortable working both independently and in collaborative teams in international environments and can communicate clearly and efficiently, both written and orally. I am looking for employment in the space sector that will utilise the skills I developed in my postgraduate research work; data science, pipeline development for astronomical instrumentation etc. References can be provided upon request.


PhD in Physics and Astronomy: 2013-2016, Max Planck Insitute for Astronomy, Heidelberg.

Galactic evolution at IR and radio wavelengths. Data reduction and pipeline development.

MSc in Theoretical Physics: 2010-2012, University of Heidelberg.

Theoretical project on models of dark energy.

BA in Theoretical Physics: 2005-2009, Trinity College Dublin.


Technical Skills

Research Experience: 4.5 years experience in collaborative interational environment (PhD and MSc, summer internship at University College London). Theoretical work, programming and pipeline development in multiple programing languages.

Computing Skills:

Languages: Python, Mathematica, MATLAB, C++.

Pipeline: Extensive use of AIPS-based reduction for calibrating and imaging of radio-interferometric data.

Reduction: AIPS, CASA.

Visualisation: DS9, kvis.

Model fitting: GOSSIP, MAGPHYS: Fit spectral energy distribution models to photometry and extract

physical parameters.

Others: LATEX, TOPCAT (Tool for OPerations on Catalogues And Tables).

Systems: Linux, OS X, Windows.

Observing: 2.5 nights on the 2.2m telescope at Calar Alto with the CAFE instrument (high resolution single-slit spectrograph).

Soft Skills

Teaching: Theoretical Statistical Physics tutor for undergraduate and MSc-level courses in TCD and Heidelberg.

Communication: Five talks at international astronomy meetings. Additional presentations at home institute seminars.

Responsibilities and Organisational: PhD student representative, conference organisation, recording and editing of joint weekly colloquium of Astronomy institutes in Heidelberg, summer job in TCD physics department editing textbook.

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