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I am looking for a career in which I can exploit my management,
organisational, and communication skills preferably in a
data analysis, research or other scientific environment.
Problem solving, organising, science communication, data analysis,
computer simulations and programming.
Finnish (fluent, native tongue)
English (fluent, IELTS 8.0, TOEFL 112)
Prize for a meritorius thesis accepted in University of Turku during
the academic year of 20042005, The Finnish University Society
of Turku (Turun suomalainen yliopistoseura ry); 5 Sep 2005.
Since May 2017 I have been a student of Actuarial Science M.Sc.
programme in the University of Leicester, UK.
University of Turku (Turku, Finland):
Doctor of Philosophy (Major Subject: Astronomy):
degree awarded on 13 April 2007.
PhD Thesis (Distance Determinations to Nearby Galaxies), accepted with honours on 20 January 2005.
Master of Science (Programme of Physical Sciences, Line of Astronomy): 24 September 1998.
Master's Thesis (Simulations of the Local Group Dynamics), accepted with the highest grade "Laudatur" on 12 September 1997.
NASA/Nordic Astrobiology Winter School (Hawai'i, USA):
"Water and the Evolution of Life in the Cosmos"; 317 January 2011.
NATO Advanced Study Institute Summer School (Blair Atholl,
"The Restless Universe"; 24 July 5 August 2000.
Finnish Graduate School in Astronomy and Space Physics Summer School
"Modern Data Analysis Methods in Astronomy and Space Physics"; 1216
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias Winter School
"Stellar Astrophysics for the Local Group"; 213 December 1996.
Senior Secondary School of Meri-Pori (Pori, Finland):
Graduated with average grade of 9.1 (with 10 as maximum); 31 May 1989.
Lorenzo High School (Lorenzo, Texas, USA):
Graduated with cumulative GPA of 97.30 (with 100 as maximum); 31 May 1988.
Pennsylvania Insurance Department (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, USA):
Resident Producer (Lines of Authority: Life and Fixed Annuities): awarded on
4 October 2016.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (USA):
I was hired as an Adjunct Assistant Professor to teach astronomy.
I was taught modern teaching methods used both in classroom and online;
16 January 2015 20 May 2017.
Institute for Astronomy / University of Hawai'i
(Manoa / Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA):
Postdoctoral Fellow (total 3.5 months); 9 March 24 June 2015.
Tuorla Observatory / University of Turku (Turku, Finland):
Various research positions, all of which allowed for independent research,
computer system management, and public outreach (total 18 years 4 months);
1 January 1996 30 April 2014.
Department of Physics and Astronomy / University of Turku (Turku,
Part-time lecturer (total 158 hours of lectures and exercises + preparatory
work); autumn 2011, autumn 2009, autumn 2002.
Nordic Optical Telescope (La Palma, Spain):
NOT student / assistant support astronomer (total 7 months, included in the
work with Tuorla Observatory); 2000 (4 months), 2002 (3 months).
Metsähovi Radio Observatory:
Junior research assistant, observations with radio telescope 1992 1996.
Entrepreneur (company: Astromatkat):
Services in science outreach and education, serving as the European
Southern Observatory (ESO) Science Outreach Network representative
for Finland; 4 April 2011 present.
Entrepreneur (company: Drakanon LLC):
Educational services and consulting; 4 April 2016 present.
Insurance Producer (independent contractor for: American Income Life Insurance Company):
19 October 2016 24 February 2017.
Translation of "Quantum Man Richard Feynman's Life in Science"
by Lawrence Krauss into Finnish:
"Kvanttimies Richard Feynmanin tieteellinen elämä"
(ISBN 978-952-5985-14-6); 2013.
University of Turku (Turku, Finland):
Course (twice): "Radiative Processes in Astrophysics"; autumn 2011 and
Course was intended for last year Master's students in astronomy. It consisted of 56 hours of lectures in English + exercises and preparatory work.
Course: "Astronomy I"; autumn 2002.
Course was intended for first year students of natural sciences. It consisted of 26 hours of lectures in Finnish + preparatory work.
Nordic Optical Telescope Science School (Turku, Finland &
La Palma, Spain):
The science school consisted of a two day visit to Tuorla Observatory
(Turku, Finland) for astronomy lectures and a one week visit to La Palma
(Spain) for further lectures and observations that were carried out using
the 2.56-metre Nordic Optical Telescope. The science school was organised
9 times from 2007 to 2013 for 20 students per group. The school was
intended for last year senior secondary school students. It consisted of
12 hours of lectures in English and in Finnish and 6 hours of telescope
observing time. My part was to design the course programme, supervise
the visits to Tuorla Observatory and La Palma, and give most of the
Senior Secondary School "Turun Suomalaisen Yhteiskoulun Lukio" (Turku,
Course (twice): "Astrophysics"; autumn 2013 and autumn 2012.
Course was intended for first and second year senior secondary school students. In 2012 the course consisted of 40 hours of lectures in Finnish and an examination. In 2013 the course consisted of 23 hours of lectures in Finnish and an examination.
Junior Secondary School "Katariinan koulu" (Turku, Finland):
Course (4 times): "Astronomy"; spring 2013, spring 2012, spring 2011,
Courses were intended for junior secondary school students with learning disabilities. Courses consisted of some 10 hours of lectures in Finnish and practical work.
International Astronomical Union (IAU): Member since 2012.
Royal Astronomical Society (RAS): Fellow since 2008.
Finnish Astronomical Society: Member since 1996.
Tuorlan Astronomical Society: Member since 2004 (founding member).
Exact Sciences Society: Lifetime member since 1993.
Finnish National Committee for Astronomy:
Council member (secretary) 201215.
Finnish Astronomical Society:
Council member 1996, Vice-Chairman 19972000, Secretary 201215.
Ursa Astronomical Association:
Council member 201013.
Tuorlan Astronomical Society:
Council member (secretary) 2004, Council member (secretary/treasurer)
200413, Council member (webmaster) 2014 present.
Tuorla Observatory / University of Turku:
Council member 200004.
Exact Sciences Society:
Council member (secretary/treasurer) 19932002, Deputy council member
Department of Physics / University of Turku:
Council member 199395.
Member of Local Organising Committee of international conferences:
"N-Body 2008 N-Body problem: numerical methods and applications",
held in Turku, Finland on 1014 August 2008.
"7th European Workshop on Astrobiology", held in Turku, Finland on 2224 October 2007.
"Few-Body Problem: Theory and Computer Simulations", held in Turku, Finland on 49 July 2005.
Science communication (>20 years), Teaching (>5 years), Writing (>30 years).
Management (>20 years), Organising (>25 years), International experience (>25 years), Entrepreneurship (>5 years), Customer service (>15 years).
Problem solving (>20 years), Data analysis (>20 years), Computer simulations (>10 years), Statistics (>10 years), Image processing (>15 years).
Computer programming (>30 years), Computer maintenance (>25 years), Web page design and management (>25 years).
Microsoft Office (>20 years), Adobe Photoshop (>20 years), Adobe Illustrator (>25 years), Adobe PageMaker (>25 years), Apache (>15 years), Gnumeric (>10 years), Inkscape (>5 years), Scribus (>5 years), Emacs (>25 years), LaTeX (>10 years), IRAF (>20 years), etc.
Available by request.
Cultural activities: photography, drawing, painting, computer art.
Social activities: planning and design of games, voluntary work.
Other activities: hiking, cooking.
Portfolio (5.9 MB)