Curriculum Vitae

I am a PhD student in my third year working on the data analysis of observations of planets outside the solar system (exoplanets) and simulation of observations with current and future telescopes. I have a strong background in programming with python, signal processing and working with data. I am looking to move towards big data by taking courses in data science to improve my ability with R, statistical inference and large datasets and wish to apply my experience in problem solving and analysis to these cases that are data rich.


Education

MSci Natural Sciences (First Class Honours)

Astrophysics and Molecular and Cell Biology
2008 – 2012, University College London

During my degree I studied two disciplines, Physics and Biology, which specialised over the degree into Astronomy and Molecular and Cell Biology. Learning both gave me two different experiences in approaches to problem solving and critical thinking. Gravitating towards astronomy and working with data, my 4th year project was on comparing analysis techniques of an exoplanet observation, for which I received the Brian Duff Memorial Prize 2012 (Best 4th Year project in the department).


Work Experience

3rd Year PhD Student (Astronomy)

September 2012 – Present, University College London

In my PhD I work on data analysis of exoplanet observations. This includes signal processing and fitting regression models to time series. I also simulate observations with current and future instruments and was also part of the team building the echo simulator. I am currently building a simulator for other instruments, to test the effectiveness and suitability of different data analysis techniques used on this type of data.

Web Developer (self)

January 2011 – present

In January 2011 I started an Apple focused technology blog MacGazette.com with a writer friend, which ran until mid 2012, designing the sites and managing the host server. I built plugin like sections for WordPress, which were sold on the Pagelines store. With the designer Scott Abbott I built websites for the businesses Inert Productions and Elmwood Playground.

IT Consultant (part time)

2009 – 2011, Select Financial Solutions North East
Working 1-2 days a week during summer and winter university holidays.

Entering the business I was new to finance and technology in a business setting. The company wanted implement a system to log client details and interactions along with the ability to see all their clients’ assets and common funds between clients. I built a database system that held all client records, with a communication log and the database of the assets and their values in a searchable table. This resulted in much better records of client interaction and improved business as clients’ with funds performing poorly can quickly be identified.


Volunteering

STEM Ambassador

July 2015 – present, STEMNET

Regional Contact

June 2015 – present, Get-Well Gamers UK


Technical Skills

Programming

  • Python (Advanced)
  • R (Intermediate)
  • Matlab (Intermediate)
  • SQL (Intermediate)
  • bash scripting (Intermediate)
  • HTML5 (Intermediate+)
  • Javascript / jQuery (Intermediate)
  • PHP (Intermediate+)
  • C++ (Basic)

Analysis

  • Data munging
  • PCA / ICA
  • Regression and model fitting
  • Time Series analysis
  • Exploratory Analysis
  • Statistical Inference
  • Residual Analysis
  • Data Visualisation

Other Computing

  • Server administration (CentOS, Ubuntu, FreeBSD, Apache, Nginx)
  • Amazon EC2 and S3
  • SQL, redis
  • Source control (git)
  • Test driven development
  • Property-based testing
  • Continuous integration
  • Code profiling and optimisation
  • API Exploitation

Hobbies and Interests

Traveling, photography, web development, computer gaming and baking


You can contact me on my personal email at [email protected]