Dr. Katharine G. Johnston

Short Curriculum Vitae

Education and research experience

2014 - present Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Radio/Millimetre Studies of Star Formation, University of Leeds, UK
2010 - 2013 MPIA Postdoctoral Fellowship in (Sub)millimetre Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
Apr 2011 - Aug 2011 ALMA Commisioning and Science Verification Team Member, ALMA site and JAO, Chile
Working specifically on calibration of narrow-band, high frequency (λ>3mm) ALMA data by phase transfer from a calibrator observed in a wider band or lower frequency
2006 - 2010 PhD in Astronomy, University of St Andrews, UK
Title: Observational Signatures of Massive Star Formation: an investigation of the environments in which they form, and the applicability of the paradigm of low-mass star formation
Supervisors: Dr K. Wood (St Andrews), Dr D. Shepherd (NRAO) and Dr E. Keto (CfA)
Link to on-line thesis
Jan 2010 - Oct 2010 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Predoctoral Fellowship
Advisor: Dr E. Keto
2007 - 2008 NRAO Graduate Internship
2 months in 2007 and 1 month in 2008 working at NRAO
2002 - 2006 MPhys Astrophysics, University of St Andrews, UK
Upper Second Class Honours
Honours Project: Searching for Triggered Star Formation in the GLIMPSE Survey
Summer 2005 Six week undergraduate research project, University of St Andrews, UK
Topic: A search for reflected starlight from tau Bootis b
Cormack Scholarship Vacation Award and Undergraduate Research Prize from the Royal Society of Edinburgh


2014 - present Masters Project Advisor, University of Leeds
Supervising Masters students during their final-year projects
September 2015 European Radio Interferometry School Lecturer and Tutor
ERIS2015 Webpage
2006 - 2009 Tutor and Demonstrator in Astronomy, University of St Andrews
Weekly tutoring and demonstrating for 2nd year astronomy course
2006 - 2009 Observatory Training Course, University of St Andrews
Organising and demonstrating an undergraduate training course for the 10 and 16" telescopes at the University Observatory

Public Outreach and Community

2013 Local organising committee, PPVI conference, Heidelberg
2012 - 2014 Main organiser for the MPIA PSF Department Journal Club
2012 - 2014 Deputy Equal Opportunities Officer at MPIA
2012 Took part in the MPIA open day, which had >3000 visitors
2011 onward Referee for the Astrophysical Journal
2006 - 2009 St Andrews Mobile Planetarium
Organising and being a presenter for monthly outreach visits to schools with a mobile Starlab planetarium
2002 - 2009 St Andrews University Science Open days
Organising and participating in biannual outreach events. Telescope operator for University Observatory open evenings

Observing experience

I have knowledge of the reduction and analysis of data from optical through to cm wavelengths.

Telescopes observed with: ALMA, ATCA, (J)VLA, SMA, CARMA, IRAM 30m

Data used (in addition to above): Spitzer IRAC and MIPS, Bolocam GPS, MSX, Gemini-North, 2MASS, VGPS, Boston U. & FCRAO GRS, SCUBA and e-MERLIN

Commissioning experience: Member of ALMA Commissioning and Science Verification team

Data analysis and programming skills

CASA, MIRIAD, AIPS, MIR, Python, fortran 77 - fortran 2003, TeX, HTML