CV: Graduate - Chemistry (MSc), Systems Engineering (BEng)



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 Date Submitted:16-07-2014
 Last Modified:18-07-2014 (02:56)
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 Current job:Graduate - Chemistry (MSc), Systems Engineering (BEng)
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
 KeywordsAnalytical Chemistry, Systems Engineering Young Graduate Trainee, German Aerospace Center Intern

Career objective

I am very enthusiastic about a career in space technology and am currently seeking to gain experience in the relevant sciences and engineering. My degrees in Analytical Chemistry and Systems Engineering complement each other and I now wish to expand my knowledge and experience in the space sector.




BEng Systems Engineering, Loughborough University, 2010-2014

The degree covers the systems approach and its application, but also includes electrical engineering and a range of topics relevant to the successful planning and execution of interdisciplinary projects, such as human factors in system design or material properties. The degree also includes a Diploma in Industrial Studies earned through my placement year at ESTEC. Final result: Upper 2nd class honours (67%)


MSc Research in Analytical Chemistry, Loughborough University, 2009-2010

A degree focussed on analytical techniques including considerations such as their fitness for purpose and cost-effectiveness, data processing and statistics. Final result: Master with Distinction (70%)


BSc Chemistry, Loughborough University, 2006-2009

Modules include organic and inorganic chemistry, radiochemistry and physical chemistry.


Work Experience


Young Graduate Trainee at ESTEC (ESA), the Netherlands (September 2012 – September 2013)

       Worked as an Analytical Chemist in the Life and Physical Sciences Laboratory
-        Established protocols and procedures for a newly acquired liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) instrument
-        Operated, maintained and repaired the system and carried out method development
-        Created a number of Excel-based calculators and tools to make the work easier
-        Supported other research groups and their activities
-        Also attended numerous lectures on ESA’s activities, e.g. ‘lessons learned’ events and a three-day course in spacecraft systems engineering organised by ESA and the University of Southampton.


Paid placementat the German Aerospace Center, Brunswick (July – September 2010)

-        Research into carbon nanotubes for use as electrodes in devices such as capacitors
-        Worked with minimal supervision on set tasks and the development of my own ideas
-        Produced literature reviews, lab scripts and other documents for others to follow


Moderator and supervisor on the staff of a large online browser game community (2007-2010)

-        Volunteer position in the online forums as moderator, personnel manager and team supervisor
-        Supervisor of a creative workgroup developing new ideas and concepts for the game and community. Directed the group’s efforts and summarised results to pass them on
-        Organised duty rosters for team members and helped recruit and train new staff
-        Played a key role in dealing with complaints and criticisms of the team, and helped other staff members respond appropriately when they received complaints directly
-        Helped to maintain a friendly atmosphere in the forums and in discussion threads


Placement at the Faserwerk Lingen (textile factory), Bayer AG (Summer 2006)

-        Assisted in the analytical laboratory by carrying out routine analyses
-        Completed a series of teaching experiments, e.g. a flame atomic absorption spectroscopy analysis


Academic Experience


BSc project on the production and durability of photovoltaic modules (2013-2014)

-        Studied the effects of production conditions on the long-term stability of solar panels
-        Largely independent research, planning and experimental design
-        Produced and tested a large number of modules together with other researchers
-        The results are to be presented at the 6th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion


MSc and BSc projects in the area of X-ray crystallography(2009-2010)

-        Investigation of crystal structures using X-ray diffraction and computational methods
-        Collected and solved X-ray diffraction data which was published in Acta Crystallographica or contributed to other publications
-        Produced dissertations on intermolecular forces and their influence on crystal packing, and on the effects of ligands on crystal structures, based on a literature review and my own results
-        Additional voluntary work solving crystal structures to hone my skills. Also tested a new software package, OLEX2, for the department


Voluntary research project in organic synthesis (Summer 2008)

-        Synthesis of fluorinated organic compounds with potential medical applications
-        Created a database comparing computational and real data to help with the interpretation of NMR spectra obtained from samples


Professional and Personal Skills


IT Systems

-        Familiar with Microsoft and Open Office for text or data processing and presentations
-        Some experience with MatLab and Mathcad Prime
-        Certified LabView Associate Developer (CLAD)


Analytical Techniques and Practical Skills

-        Well-versed in all aspects of running a Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer
-        Familiar with the principles of x-ray crystallography and structural refinement
-        Other analytical techniques include nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared and ultraviolet spectroscopy, peel testing and differential scanning calorimetry
-        Some experience working in glove boxes and laminar flow cabinets
-        Experience cleaning and assembling lab equipment (LC-MS instrument in particular) and computers



-        Fluent in German and English (IELTS Certificate; Grade 8.0 / 9.0)
-        Beginner’s level in Dutch, Latin (GSCE-Level), Russian (OCR Level 1 Certificate) and Spanish



-        Combined Cadet Force member for three years, participating in many exercises and courses and helping to train younger cadets. Final Rank: Sergeant
-        Part of numerous group projects as part of my degree training and work experience


Professional Membership

-        Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC, since 2006
-        Institution of Engineering and Technology, IET, since 2011


Other Qualifications

-        BTEC First Certificate, grade: merit
-        Senior Cadet Instructors Course, SCIC, grade: C
-        Driver’s Licence, obtained in Germany

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