CV: PhD in Astrophysics

 


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 Date Submitted:01-07-2014
 Last Modified:02-07-2014 (03:49)
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 Current job:PhD in Astrophysics
 Employment Term:Temp/Contract
 Job location:Own country
 Date available:within a month
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 KeywordsAstrophysics, technical writing, software documentation, programming, C, IDL, Python, HTML, science
CV

Profile

I am a capable analyst and PhD-qualified scientist. I have experience of technical and software documentation and science writing. I have worked with Microsoft Office, HTML and C, Python and IDL. I want to start a career in the space industry.

 

Key Skills

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint);
  • Programming in Python, C and IDL;
  • HTML;
  • UNIX/Linux skills and command line use;
  • Use of SQL for data-mining;
  • Software and technical documentation;
  • Pivot tables, VLOOKUPs, macros;
  • Presentations and talks;
  • Excellent English language skills and attention to detail;
  • Maths, physics, statistics and scientific interest;
  • Data analysis, linear regression, graphical representations of trends;
  • Customer service via letter, telephone and email.

 

Work Experience

Senior Project Co-ordinator

03/2013 – present

I am working for Hertfordshire County Council as a temporary Project Co-ordinator. During this time my achievements have included –

  • Working on the key performance indicators for council contractors;
  • I have helped to analyse contractor data to help ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget;
  • I also developed new metrics to identify and characterise sets of delayed projects, using time series data and the project banding criteria.

 

Technical Writer

09/2013 – 12/2013

I worked for Cambridge Radio Frequency Systems as a technical writer. My accomplishments during this time included –

  • I ensured that CRFS’s work was consistent with the customer specifications for a major contract, thus saving the company money;
  • I arranged for the full translation of said contract from Portuguese to English, making sure that my colleagues had access to all the information the company needed for its work;
  • I worked on the company’s user guides and technical notes. The text that I wrote was received positively by my immediate supervisor and was incorporated into the newest edition of the documents;
  • I also worked on modernising the company’s website. I worked to implement the changes suggested by a recent SEO exercise, and to refine the more general suggestions to fit them better to CRFS’s core business;
  • I also supported the Sales and Marketing Team by handling incoming calls and enquiries, and in any other capacity that was needed.

 

Observatory Demonstrator

10/2008 - 04/2013

I worked at the teaching observatory for the University of Hertfordshire. My achievements included -

  • Making sure that visiting members of the public were looked after and had their questions answered;
  • Ensuring that health and safety policies were followed;
  • Helping the undergraduates with their work and maintaining the equipment.
  • I also helped to set up the new radio telescope at the observatory site.

 

Clerical Assistant

06/2006 – 08/2007

I worked for Devon County Council. My accomplishments included -

  • I processed CRB checks, achieving rapid turnarounds;
  • I ensured that internal databases were accurate and up-to-date;
  • I made sure that the care homes under the Council’s authority had the appropriate insurance policies in place, to ensure the safety of the clients.

 

Settlements Administrator

02/2005 – 04/2006

I worked for Friends Provident on the Complaints Team. My accomplishments were -

  • Saving the company money by ensuring that compensation settlements were completed accurately and timely;
  • I provided customers with good service, whilst under considerable pressure.

 

Health Insurance Processor

10/2004 – 01/2005

I worked for Manpower in data entry. My duties also included general administration. This was my first job after graduation from my BSc.

 

Education

PhD in Astrophysics

10/2008-07/2013

I hold a PhD in Astrophysics, from the University of Hertfordshire. I studied brown dwarfs from the Galaxy’s oldest population of stars. Examples of my accomplishments during this program of research include -

  • The publication of my work as a paper in a refereed scientific journal (Murray et al 2011, MNRAS);
  • I presented my research at the 2011 National Astronomy Meeting, receiving a good response from the audience;
  • I also presented a poster on my research at the 2010 Cool Stars conference in Seattle;
  • In April 2010 I went on an observing trip to the Subaru Telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatory, and much useful data was gathered;
  • I also gained experience with UNIX, Python and IDL programming.

 

MSc in Astrophysics

10/2007 - 09/2008

Before doing my PhD, I completed a Masters by research in Astrophysics. I wrote up my MSc thesis and successfully-defended it at the viva in early 2009. I gained exposure to data analysis and computer programming in this time.

 

BSc (Hons) Physics

09/2001 - 07/2004

I hold a BSc. in Physics from the University of Exeter. This degree gave me a broad knowledge of physics and I learned to use C and HTML in this time.

 

Interests and Activities

I am a keen artist and I am a writer. I have experience of 3D modelling/rendering via software such as Wings3D, 3ds Max and Poser. I also like to read novels for entertainment. I am currently learning to use R for data analysis.

 

References

Available on request.


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