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Summary

Astrophysicist and big data enthusiast from the third pole, works from the antipode, solves scientific and statistical problems. 

Work History

ICRAR, University of Western Australia

May 2014Present

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Conduct scientific studies, report results/findings/discoveries in a form of publications, and presentation in conferences. Also, mentor graduate and post-graduate students. 

School of Physics, University of Sydney 

Feb 2010Oct 2013

Laboratory Supervisor and Demonstrator

Supervised first year physics lab groups and projects. Tutored undergrads and helped in solving quantitative problems (various Physics courses), and arranged solar/night viewing with Schmidt-Cassegrain(30cm) and Dobsonian Telescope (20 cm).

School of Physics, University of Sydney

Feb 2010Oct 2013

Science Outreach Communicator

Demonstrated high school physics experiments to general public, and motivated candidates to pursue career in Physics.

National Institute of Sciences and Technology (NIST), Kathmandu

20092010

Lecturer

Prepared and delivered periodic lectures, and supervised lab groups, assessed assignments and exam papers.

Education

School of Physics, University of Sydney

20102014

Doctor of Philosophy

Recognition: Postgraduate Excellence in Physics Award, 2014, NSW-Australian Institute of Physics

Dissertation: The Light and Dark Side of the Milky Way Halo
Supervisors: Profs. J. Bland-Hawthorn, G. F. Lewis and S. Sharma

Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University

2007

Masters in Science, Physics

Graduated with Distinction
Dissertation:Radial Velocity Dependence in the Spatial Orientations of Galaxies in and around the Local SuperCluster
Supervisor: Prof. B. Aryal

Trichandra Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University

2005

Bachelors in Science, Physics

Graduated with First Division 

Skills/Experience

Programming and Scientific Packages
  • Proficient in both the procedural and the object oriented programming in Python, including numpy, scipy, matplotlib, ipython., pandas, scikit-learn modules.
  • Uses emacs for editing and Git and Github for a version control. 
  • Experienced MATLAB, Mathematica, AWK, SED and the statistical package R user.
  • Experience with astronomy oriented data tools: TOPCAT, database queries, and GALAXIA. 
  • Typesetting and word processing tools LaTeX, and Office packages (e.g. powerpoints, spreadsheets, etc)
Data packages and Statistical tools
  • Expert in Bayesian (inferences, optimization, model comparison) in statistics. Learned in Monte carlo methods. 
  • Expert in the data analysis package PANDAS, and the machine learning package Scikit-learn
Large Instrument Usage
  • Observed distant stars and galaxies for >50 nights with Australian Astronomical Telescope (AAT), 4m optical telescope.
  • Conducted scientific computing with supercomputers. 
Scientific Communication
  • Frequently reports scientific findings/discoveries in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Communicates science in both print and online media, generally, in the form of columns, reports, blogs, interviews etc. 

Awards/Grants

University of Western Australia

20162017

Research Collaboration Award 19,645$

Title: In the Local Universe, How Big a Problem is Too-Big-To-Fail?"
CoIs: A. Robotham, S. Sharma, P. Norberg, M. Wilkinson 

University of Western Australia

20162017

Research Collaboration Award 13,980$

Title: Identifying (accurate) the dark matter mass profile of dwarf spheroidal galaxies
PI: F. Diakogiannis, CoIs: G. F. Lewis, M. Wilkinson, R. Ibata 

University of Western Australia

20152016

Research Collaboration Award 18,726$

Title: Galaxies Joining a Party: Finding a Group
CoIs: A. Robotham, S. Sharma, P. Norberg

IAU

20142014

International Astronomical Union Conference Grant IAUS 311 1300$

IAU

20132013

International Astronomical Union Conference Grant IAUS 298 1300$

University of Sydney

20122012

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS), University of Sydney 2000$

Instituto D Astrofisica Canarias

20112011

XXIII Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics, Instituto D Astrofisica Canarias, 1650$

University of Sydney

20112013

University of Sydney International Scholarship 25K$ stipend + 36K$ tuition

The amount supported PK's PhD dissertation. 

Australian Astronomical Observatory

20092009

IInd Southern Cross Meeting Conference Grant, Australian Astronomical Observatory 2000$

Ministry of Science, Nepal

20052007

M. Sc dissertation research fund, Ministry of Science and Technology, Nepal

Conference Participation (5 recent)

  • 2016, Poster & Talk, The Physics of Groups and Galaxy Properties Therein, Paris
  • 2015, Talk, Multiwavelength dissection of galaxies, Sydney
  • 2014, Poster & Talk, Galaxies Masses as Constraints of Formation Models, Oxford
  • 2013, Poster, Setting the Scene for GAIA and LAMOST, Lijiang,
  • 2013, Talk, American Astronomical Society 221st meeting, Long Beach.

Scientific and Outreach Publications 

Peer-reviewed publications (>250 citations with >125 citations from 1st author paper)

  1. THE GALAH SURVEY: THE DATA REDUCTION PIPELINE
    J. Kos, ...., P. R. Kafle, 2016, MNRAS, in press

  2. GALAXY AND MASS ASSEMBLY (GAMA): M_star-R_e RELATIONS OF Z=0 BULGES, DISCS AND SPHEROIDS
    R. Lange, ...., P. R. Kafle, 2016, MNRAS, in press

  3. GALAXY AND MASS ASSEMBLY (GAMA): THE STELLAR MASS BUDGET OF GALAXY SPHEROIDS AND DISKS
    A. Moffett, R. Lange, S. P. Driver,...., P. R. Kafle, 2016, MNRAS, in press

  4. GALAXY AND MASS ASSEMBLY (GAMA): ACCURATE PANCHROMATIC PHOTOMETRY FROM OPTICAL PRIORS USING LAMBDARA.H. Wright, A.S.G. Robotham, ...., P.R. Kafle, 2016, MNRAS, 460, 765-801

  5. GALAXY AND MASS ASSEMBLY (GAMA): THE STELLAR MASS BUDGET BY GALAXY TYPE
    Moffett, A.,..., Kafle, P. R., +15 coauthors, 2016, MNRAS, 457, 1308-1319

  6. THE GALAH SURVEY: SCIENTIFIC MOTIVATION,
    De Silva, G. M., K. C. Freeman,...,Kafle, P. R. +44 coauthors, 2015, MNRAS, 449, 2604

  7. FIRST LIGHT RESULTS FROM THE HERMES SPECTROGRAPH AT THE AAT,
    Sheinis, A., ..., Kafle, P. R., + 61 coauthors, 2015, Astron. Instrum. Syst., 2015, 035002

  8. GALAXY AND MASS ASSEMBLY (GAMA): END OF SURVEY REPORT AND DATA RELEASE 2
    Liske, J.,..., Kafle, P. R. + 77 coauthors, 2015, MNRAS, 452, 2087

  9. GALAXY AND MASS ASSEMBLY (GAMA): PANCHROMATIC DATA RELEASE (FAR-UV-IR) AND THE LOW-Z ENERGY BUDGET Driver, Simon P., Wright, A. H., Andrews, S., Davies, L., Kafle P. R., +63 coauthors, 2015, MNRAS, 455, 3911

  10. ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: PROPERTIES OF THE STELLAR HALO AND THE MILKY WAY MASS DISTRIBUTION
    Kafle, P. R., Sharma, S., Lewis, G. F., Bland-Hawthorn, J., 2014, ApJ, 794, 59.

  11. METALLICITY BIAS IN THE KINEMATICS OF THE MILKY WAY STELLAR HALO
    Kafle, P. R., Sharma, S., Lewis, G. F., Bland-Hawthorn, J., 2013, MNRAS, 430, 2973.

  12. KINEMATICS OF THE STELLAR HALO AND THE MASS DISTRIBUTION OF THE MILKY WAY USING BHB STARS
    Kafle, P. R., Sharma, S., Lewis, G. F., Bland-Hawthorn, J., 2012, ApJ, 761, 98.

  13. RADIAL VELOCITY DEPENDENCE IN THE SPATIAL ORIENTATIONS OF GALAXIES IN AND AROUND THE LOCAL SUPERCLUSTER Aryal, B., Kafle, P. R., Saurer, W., 2008, MNRAS, 389, 741-748.

Outreach and Media Coverages

  1. Venus in transit: A Rare Event, The Rising Nepal (National Daily), Kafle, P. R., Vol. 47, 172, 2012
  2. Media release on finding about the Milky Way being lighter than what has been previously observed has received a significant coverage worldwide including >50 stories in at least 12 countries, a front page coverage in a print media, several radio interviews etc.
  3. Several outreach articles in the Himal Khabar weekly Nepali magazine.

References

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