Strong career possibilities

– I worked as a Postdoc at RoCS - Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics, because of its excellent reputation in the solar physics community, says Pia Zacharias about her life after PhD studies.

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Dr. Pia Zacharias. Photo: Private. 

Pia had met RoCS people at conferences and found them to be both competent and nice, and decided to apply for her second Postdoc position at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics. Her first position was in Bern, Switzerland as a PostDoc at the International Space Science Institute.

After RoCS and ITA,

her next move was to apply for a job in the private sector in Norway. The company Expert Analytics took her aboard and she is now working there as a Senior data scientist, physicist & consultant. 

Pia's job today involves: Signal processing and analysis of sensor data in the renewable energy sector, development of machine learning models and data pipelines, integration of ML models into scalable platform solutions, communication of results and concepts to managers and stakeholders.

Academic background

Pia has a PhD in Physics from University of Freiburg & Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics, Germany. She graduated in 2006 and received her PhD in physics (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Freiburg, Germany in 2010. Her PhD thesis is entitled “Spectral analysis of three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic models of the solar corona” and was prepared at the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics in Freiburg, Germany. 

Pia's research interest

  • Solar and astrophysics
  • Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Climate modeling
  • Numerical models
  • Hydropower
  • Windpower generation

Study relevance for job

Pia's solid background in physics in combination with a strong programming experience, and an analytical mindset has led her to career possibilities both at universities and in the private sector.

Her academic experience has been key to finding solutions to complex problems, and developing strategies and algorithms to extract value from various data sources.

She knows how to apply advanced statistical methods to big data. Her communication skills and leadership skills is an an important part of her work life.

Studere astronomi/astrofysikk?

Astronomi er en av de eldste vitenskapene i vår sivilisasjon og handler om universets struktur og utvikling. Astronomi og astrofysikk omfatter studiet av himmellegemer og fenomener utenfor jordens atmosfære og hvordan disse påvirker hverandre.

Emneord: RoCS Av Eyrun Thune
Publisert 8. apr. 2021 15:56 - Sist endret 2. mars 2022 12:34