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In my academic studies, I used Python in a Linux environment for data processing, statistical analysis, and data visualisation tasks, using the numpy, scipy and matplotlib libraries. I am experienced with the Linux command-line, and a variety of software packages, including Geographical Information Systems software such as QGIS and ArcGIS, and data management and analysis with spreadsheets.
I have shown adaptability and an ability to learn new programming languages and tools quickly. In my previous experience I have found the opportunity to develop new skills stimulating, and would welcome further opportunity to do so in my next job.
MSc Remote Sensing and Planetary Science (2013-2014), Aberystwyth University
Passed with Merit
Course covering Earth Observation and Geographical Information Systems. The course covered use of satellite data from Landsat
and other sources for applications including post-forest-fire analysis, habitat modelling, and land-cover studies. I researched and wrote a dissertation
on a topographic search for glacial features on Mars.
MSc Astronomy, University of Cambridge (Robinson College)
Passed (examined by thesis)
Research degree based at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. My thesis
focused on the Triangulum Galaxy (M33) in the Local Group of galaxies. I used data from the Keck II telescope of spectra of red giant stars in the M31 and M33 halos, to study the M33 halo in light of models of interactions between the galaxies.
MSci Natural Sciences (Astrophysics), University of Cambridge (Robinson College)
Lecture courses in astrophysics from Part III of the Mathematics Tripos with an astrophysics research project.
BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge (Robinson College)
Part II (3rd year) Astrophysics.
Part IB (2nd year) Physics, Advanced Physics and Mathematics.
Part IA (1st year) Physics, Mathematics, Geology and Computer Science.
A levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
AS levels in Biology and Decison Mathematics.
Skills and Experience
- Python programming language. I used this for my MSc research in a Linux environment, and have experience with various Python libraries for data processing and visualisation.
- Some experience of other programming languages including Java, C++ and C, and SQL databases.
- Earth Observation and Geographical Information Systems software including ENVI, ArcMap, and QGIS.
- System administration of Windows and Linux operating systems, including use of the Linux command-line and shell scripting.
- Image editing software including GIMP, Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, Darktable, and ImageMagick.
- Scientific writing skills, including my MSc thesis and co-authoring 2 research papers. I used the LaTeX text-processing software to write my MSci and MSc theses.
- Presenting research at astronomical conferences in Bonn and Heidelberg, in lecture and poster format.
- Teaching experience through running tutorials for undergraduates in the first year Mathematics for Natural Sciences course at Cambridge. I also conducted tutorials on using the Institute of Astronomy telescopes for members of the Cambridge University Astronomical Society while I was Observing Secretary.
- I have a full, clean UK driving licence.
(Natural) Languages known
- German (GCSE A*)
- Cornish (Cornish Language Board examination - Grade 4). I am active in the Cornish Language Fellowship and 'Yeth an Werin' conversational groups.
- Welsh (completed Sylfaen level course)
- Duolingo profile
I have an interest in gardening, especially fruit crops including tayberries, chillis and
I participated in International Astronomical Youth Camps between 2004 and 2009. Each of these was a 3 week workshop involving young people (16-24) of a variety of nationalities and backgrounds.
I served on the Cambridge University Astronomical Society committee for 3 years. I was responsible for the website and newsletter for a year, and observing secretary for 2 years. The latter including being responsible for teaching CUAS members how to use the telescopes at the Institute of Astronomy.
I enjoy outdoor activities including hillwalking and cycling and have completed several cycle tours including a trek from John O’ Groats to Newcastle with my brother. On this trip, we were able to contrive to cross the border from Scotland into England heading north.
References are available on request
Last updated 19th March 2020.