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     Date Submitted:02-03-2012
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     Current job:Postdoctoral researcher
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     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsResearch, astronomy, astrophysics, analysis, Ph.D.
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    Research specialist 

     

    ____Work Experience_____________________________________

    [2011-Jan. 2012; 2010]

    Research Fellow 

    INAF - National Institute for Astrophysics

    Via Ranzani, 1 - 40127 Bologna, Italy

    Main Italian research foundation for astrophysics, with more than 1200 employees 

    ___________________________________________________         

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Principal Investigator and Leader of two research projects aiming at acquisition of astronomical data through one of the most powerful ground-based telescopes. Both projects were recently approved with the highest priority

    Leader and coordinator of an international research group which includes researchers from seven different research institution in four different countries

    Independently learned and applied new state-of-the-art techniques for the imaging and weak lensing analysis of wide field optical data

    Designed and held tutorials to teach other group members the new analysis techniques

    Detected weak points in the analysis procedures and designed solutions to overcome them

    Wrote software (Bash shell scripts and IDL programs) to facilitate and automate the procedures

    Provided supervision and coaching to several graduate and under-graduate students

     

    [2007 - 2010]

    PhD Researcher   

    University of Bologna, Italy  

    Via Zamboni, 33 - 40126 Bologna

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    Main activities and responsibilities

    Independently identified issues related to research theme and suggested new solutions

    Wrote an original 240-page thesis one month ahead of schedule (PhD thesis available online, see below)

    Effectively collaborated with international research groups, gaining in some cases a leading role

    Authored presentations and talks in conferences on key findings

    Published three refereed articles, two of which I first authored, in prestigious journals based on original findings

    Obtained funding for my Ph.D. at the University of Bologna from the national Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) through a competition based on qualifications and examination

     

    [2001- 2006]

    Assistant librarian & Front desk receptionist 

    (fixed-term collaborations)

    University of Bologna, Italy (Multiple departments)

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    Handled inquiries and telephone requests of customers; identified requested materials

    Assisted customers in finding and reserving books and journals

    Executed bibliographical and informational searches using dedicated software and on-line database sources

     

    ____Fellowships__________________________________________ 

     

    [2008 - 2009]  (9 months)

    Visiting Student fellowship  

    Center for Astrophysics, Harvard-Smithsonian Institution

    60 Garden Street, Cambridge, 02138 MA - USA

    Prestigious research center, collaboration of Harvard University and Smithsonian Institution

    ___________________________________________________         

    Main activities and responsibilities

    6 months fellowship, extended of 3 additional months due to the positive results achieved, at the prestig ious Harvard-Smithsonian Institution 

    Independently learned the  operational procedures to control the complex scientific instrumentation of one of the biggest telescope in the world (Magellan telescope at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile)

    Data acquisition through a solo 3-nights observation in Chile; reduction and analysis of the data obtained

    Feasibility study and verification of a new application of data that were personally obtained

    Development of an analysis procedure and of the technical software for a novel application of these data

     

    [2008] (3 months)

    Marie Curie fellowship  

    IAP - Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris

    98b boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris - France

    One of the five laboratories in the European Association for Research in Astronomy  

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    Main activities and responsibilities

    3 months “Marie Curie” fellowship to acquire a new expertise required in the research group; after this initial training period I am now recognized as a national expert in the field

    Started a new profitable collaboration, which lead to the publication of an article that I first authored

     

    ____Education___________________________________________

    [2007- 2010]

    Ph.D., Astronomy 

    University of Bologna, Italy 

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    [2000-2006]

    Master Degree, Astronomy

    University of Bologna, Italy      

    Grade: 108/110

     

    ____Language Skills________________________________________

    Italian            Mother tongue

    English         Fluent

    French           Good

     

    ____Social Skills__________________________________________

    Collaborator and coordinator of international working groups

    Supervised and coached several students and collaborators

    Resourceful and confident person with a very good problem-solving attitude

    Excellent team working ability, acquired by working in multi-cultural environments

     

    ___Organizational Skills_____________________________________

    Detail-oriented and optimal time management skills

    Proven experience in managing different projects simultaneously and with different working groups

    Optimal capacity to work under demanding conditions and meet deadlines 

    Outstanding analytical skills and extensive experience in identifying issues and finding solutions

    Fast and versatile learner with a strong work commitment

     

    ____Technical and Computer Skills____________________________

     

    Advanced computer literacy: Proven ability to become quickly a proficient user of computer softwares

    4 years of experience in the analysis and statistical treatment of data and in information and data mining

     

    Operative Systems

    Excellent knowledge of: 

    Mac OS   Windows   Linux

     

    Office and Editorial Softwares   

    Excellent knowledge of: 

    iWork   Microsoft Office Open Office LaTeX

     

    Programming Languages  

    Working knowledge of: 

    IDL   Perl   Bash, Tcsh

     

    ____Hobbies____________________________________________

     

    Traveling - Completed a solo round the world journey in Autumn 2010

    Dancing, Reading, Cooking

     

    ____References__________________________________________

    References are available on request.


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