CV: Astrophysics Researcher

 


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Candidate Profile
 Date Submitted:25-09-2013
 Last Modified:25-09-2013 (10:01)
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 Current job:Astrophysics Researcher
 Employment Term:Temp/Contract
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
 KeywordsData Analysis, Software Development, Research, Modelling, Creative Problem Solving, Teamwork
CV

Summary

I have recently completed a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Victoria.  I am now seeking to leverage my expertise in creative problem solving and the analysis/visualization of large data sets to launch my career as a data scientist with a focus on emerging technology.

 

Experience

Doctoral Research Assistant

University of Victoria

2003 to 2013

 Analyzed large astronomical data sets over a broad wavelength range (radio to X-ray)

 Tested mathematical models of complex physical systems using observational data

 Wrote peer-reviewed journal articles and research proposals

 Presented novel results at national and international conferences

 Lead multiple research projects while supporting others

 Maintained and co-ordinated with a global network of collaborators

 Kept informed of the latest literature and adapted strategies accordingly

 Acted as an expert referee for peer-reviewed journals

 

Lab Instructor

University of Victoria

2003 to 2012

 Taught astrophysical concepts at the introductory and advanced university levels

 Evaluated student work (lab reports, assignments, tests, exams), provided feedback

 Performed lab demonstrations on the subjects of optics, spectra, imaging, kinematics

 Winner of the astronomy best teaching award in five different semesters

 

Tutor

Self Employed

2002 to 2006

 Tutored maths and physics at the high school and university levels

 Prepared students for standardized tests (e.g. International Baccalaureate)

 Mentored young scientists looking to augment their grades for university admissions

 Worked with struggling students to improve their skills and meet degree requirements

 

Education

Ph.D. Astrophysics - University of Victoria - 2013

M.Sc. Astrophysics - University of Victoria - 2008

B.Sc. (Hon. with distinction) Astronomy - University of Western Ontario - 2003

 

Skills

 Expert in quantitative analysis, manipulation and visualization of large data sets

 Skilled in image and signal processing

 Successful technical writer (e.g. proposals, journal articles)

 Familiar with advanced statistical methods (Monte Carlo, Markov chains)

 Extensive experience with several coding languages (C, Fortran95, IDL, MATLAB, Python)

 Experience with linux shell scripting (csh, tcsh, bash)

 Knowledge of SQL

 Highly competent with presentation software (e.g. Keynote, Powerpoint)

 Adept in the use of spreadsheets and word processors (e.g. Excel, Word, Google Drive)

 Comfortable working in Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems

 Experience fitting data using a variety of techniques (eg. regression, maximum likelihood)

 

Projects

 First author of 2 research articles published in major astrophysical journals

 Co-author of 9 research articles published in major astrophysical journals

 Primary investigator on 3 successful observing campaigns (global competition)

 Co-investigator on 5 successful observing campaigns (global competition)

 M.Sc. thesis, “Optical Properties of Brightest Cluster Galaxies at Intermediate Redshift”, published and available from the UVic library

 Ph.D. dissertation, “The Stellar Content in Clusters of Galaxies”, (https://dspace.library.uvic.ca:8443//handle/1828/4562)

 

Awards

 Five-time best astronomy lab instructor - 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

 NSERC PGSM - 2004

 University of Victoria President’s Scholarship - 2004

 University of Victoria Fellowship - 2003

 University of Western Ontario Gold Medal in Astronomy - 2003

 NSERC USRA - 2001, 2002, 2003

 University of Western Ontario Entrance Scholarship - 1999

 

Service

 Shop steward for the teaching assistant’s union (elected position) - 2010, 2011, 2012

 Graduate student liaison committee member (elected position) - 2008, 2009

 Physics and Astronomy department Chair search committee member - 2009

 UVic Speaker’s Bureau member - 2003, 2004

 

Languages

First language: English

Proficient in: French

 

References

Available upon request


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