Curriculum Vitae

 
Professional ​
info​​

I have over ten years experience as a research scientist, analysing and visualising large volumes of satellite data, and developing and verifying modelling techniques. My current research interests range from solar flares and active regions to the impact of space weather on the Earth's upper atmosphere. I am developing operational solar eruption forecast products using state-of-the-art techniques used in weather prediction.

Positions of
Interest
  • Lead planner NASA/CCMC Flare Scoreboard to compare and verify operational space weather forecasts worldwide.

  • Co-lead of International Living with a Star Flare Prediction Working Team to establish international standards for the space weather prediction community.

  • Convener and invited speaker at international conferences (e.g., AGU, EGU, EWASS, ESWW, TESS) dedicated to space weather forecasting and verification efforts.

  • Principle Investigator of AFOSR grant in collaboration with the UK Met Office.

  • Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Awardee.

Work​
experience​
Research Fellow
Trinity College Dublin
2016 - present
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
2018 - present

 

I am a researcher in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin, and the School of Cosmic Physics at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. I am PI of a research to operations project to improve solar eruption prediction using terrestrial weather forecasting methods, funded by the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development. Previously I was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, worked on deliverables for the European FP7 HELCATS project, as well as continuing my dissemination and verification work for the H2020 FLARECAST project.

Space Weather Research Scientist
Met Office
2013 - 2016

 

Working with academics, forecasters, and end-users, I transitioned basic research to operational space weather forecasting. My main research areas were in solar physics and thermospheric modelling, trying to improve our understanding of the science behind the forecasts and feeding this back into the operational predictive models. I was involved with forecast verification and dissemination as part of an EU Horizon 2020 project. I was also heavily involved with science outreach activities.

 

My work was quite varied, with daily tasks including:

  • data analysis, e.g.,

    • data mining, visualisation, image processing, model development, in Python, IDL, and Fortran, with supercomputing.

  • model validation, e.g.,

    • statistical studies and verification methods with Python and R.

  • dissemination, e.g.,

    • customer requirement gathering, public outreach, academic collaboration, scientific publications.

 

 

Postgraduate Researcher in Solar Physics
​Trinity College Dublin
2008 - 2012

 

My research focused on understanding the complex magnetic topologies of solar active regions, something of great interest for improving current solar flare forecasting methods. I analysed huge satellite data sets with IDL and worked with complex models on supercomputers to uncover new insights into active region evolution.

 

 

Laboratory and Teaching Assistant
​Trinity College Dublin

2009 - 2012

 

​I have extensive experience demonstrating physics and astrophysics laboratory experiments to all levels of science undergraduates. I taught mathematics tutorials to first year higher and lower level mathematics undergraduates. The higher level course consisted of introductory mathematical computing, including the use of Mathematica along with some HTML programming. The lower level course focused on Microsoft Office, particularly graphing with Microsoft Excel.

 

 

Summer Intern
​Florida Space Authority

2006

 

​I was chosen to participate in the FÁS Science Challenge, which sends a select number of Irish undergraduates to work at Florida Space Authority as summer interns. I worked in NASA Kennedy Space Center laboratories with professional scientists, and attended lectures by astronauts and well-renowned professors at the Florida Institute of Technology.

 

Receptionist
Boyce Burns & Co Solicitors

2004

 

My main responsibilities were to greet clients and manage appointments. I was also given the responsibility of getting summons officially stamped and cleared by relevant departments within the Four Courts, Dublin.

 
Office Assisstant
Brady Burns Insurance

2003

 

I answered phones and dealt with customers, as well as organising files, and helping solve technical issues with their computer system.

Skills

Solar physics

Space weather

Atmospheric physics

Data analysis

Quality assurance

Mathematical modelling

Statisical verification

Educational outreach

Public speaking

Languages

Python

R

IDL

Fortran 90

Matlab

Mathematica

HTML/CSS

Git

Software

Linux OS
Mac OSX

Microsoft Windows

Adobe Creative Suite

Microsoft Office

Keynote

LaTeX

JIRA

Confluence

Wordpress

Professinal Affiliations

Royal Astronomical Society

(Fellow)

American Geophysical Union

(Member)

Institute of Physics

(Associate Member)

European Physical Society

(Member)

 

Reviewer for

Astrophysical Journal

Journal Space Weather Space Climate

NASA Heliosphere Proposals

Space Weather

Weather

 

Education
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Solar Physics
Trinity College Dublin
2008 - 2012

 

 

MSc Space Science, Distinction

​University College London

2007 - 2008

 

 
B. A. Hons Mod, Physics and Astrophysics

Trinity College Dublin

2003 - 2007

© 2019 by Sophie Murray
 

Skype

sophie.murray   

Email

sophiemurray 'at' gmail.com

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