CV: Astronomy and Instrumentation MSc Graduate



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 Date Submitted:18-09-2017
 Last Modified:26-09-2017 (03:41)
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 Current job:Astronomy and Instrumentation MSc Graduate
 Employment Term:Either
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within a month
 Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, ,
 KeywordsScientific Programming, Software Development, Astronomical Instrumentation, Instrument Testing, Performance Recommendations, Image Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Optics, Optical Instruments, Optical Design, Fourier Optics, Simulations, Matlab, Python, ID



Fortran, IDL, Java, Matlab, Python, SQL


CASA, Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Word), LaTeX, SPENVIS


English (native), French (fluent), Spanish (basic), Dutch (basic)



Sep 2015 – July 2017

M.Sc. Astronomy and Instrumentation, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Awards: Walraven Scholarship

Sep 2008 – May 2013

B.Sc. Honours Astrophysics, Minor Business, Saint Mary's University, Canada - summa cum laude

Awards: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, Faculty Union Scholarship, Dean’s List, Dean of Science Research Award, Sobeys Scholar Award



Oct 2016 – Jul 2017

M.Sc. Major Thesis: TNO Optics Internship, HIGS Breadboard Performance Benchmarking

Supervisors: Dr. A. Verlaan, Dr. C. Keller

Designed, tested, and implemented automated data retrieval in Matlab for an Earth observation satellite prototype.

Processed and analyzed observational results to provide operational recommendations for the breadboard.

Sep 2015 – Jul 2016

M.Sc. Minor Thesis: Multifrequency submillimeter continuum imaging analysis of the protoplanetary disk TW Hya

Supervisors: Dr. M. Hogerheijde, MSc. V.N. Salinas Poblete

Detected protoplanetary disk grain growth using Band 7 and 9 observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA).

Computed disk properties from imaging and optimization routines using CASA and Python.

Sep 2012 – May 2013

B.Sc. Honours Thesis: ε Aurigae : deriving a Baade-Wesselink distance

Supervisor: Dr. P.D. Bennett

Developed and tested a new distance determination method to an irregularly pulsating supergiant, Epsilon Aurigae.

Created statistical and interpolation routines in IDL to examine 20 years of photometric and spectroscopic data.



Oct 2013 – Apr 2015

Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, Canada

Provided program administration to undergraduate students on matters involving academic programs, courses, registration, and regulations.

Collaborated with departments of the Faculty of Science to coordinate program planning and execution.

Jul 2013 – Oct 2013

Student Advisor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary, Canada

Apr 2012 – May 2013

Research Assistant, Department of Astronomy and Physics, Saint Mary’s University, Canada

Feb 2010 – Apr 2012

Office Assistant, Residence Life Office, Saint Mary's University, Canada



Sep 2015 - Present

MSc International Student Representative, Education Committee, Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Oct 2013 – Apr 2015

Member, Undergraduate Program Committee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, Canada

Oct 2013 – Apr 2015

Member, Undergraduate Laboratory Committee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, Canada

Apr 2012 – May 2013

Treasurer, Astronomy and Physics Society, Saint Mary’s University, Canada



Feb 2013

ε Aurigae: deriving a Baade-Wesselink distance, Atlantic Universities Physics and Astronomy Conference, Moncton, Canada

Sep 2012

ε Aurigae: deriving a Baade-Wesselink distance, 9th Annual Undergraduate Mini-Symposium, Halifax, Canada

Jul 2012

A spectroscopic and photometric analysis of pulsations of the F supergiant ε Aurigae, XIth Hvar Astrophysical Colloquium, Hvar, Croatia

Jun 2012

A spectroscopic and photometric analysis of pulsations of the F supergiant ε Aurigae, Cool Stars 17, Barcelona, Spain (Poster presentation)



Wilson, C.K., Bennett, P.D., Hopkins, J.L., McCandless, B.E., "A spectroscopic and photometric analysis of pulsations of the F supergiant ε Aur". Central European Astrophysical Bulletin, 2013, 37, 109-114.



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