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Dr Enrico (Ricky) Olivier

Research Software Engineer

 Laver Building 701


Laver Building, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, EX4 4QE, UK


I hold an M.Sc in Physics from the University of the Western Cape, and a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the Australian National University. I have practical experience in software engineering and development, numerical simulation, data collection, data reduction and cleaning, statistical data analysis and modelling.




- Fortran (including OpenMP and MPI)

- Python

- Shell scripting (e.g. Bash, etc.)

Software Development and Quality Assurance

- Version Control (svn, git)

- Reviewing and issue tracking

- Testing

- Documentation

- Software Deployment


- Laptops, workstations

- Linux clusters  




Ph.D (Astronomy and Astrophysics) - Australian National Unitiversity

B.Sc (Physics & Mathematics), M.Sc (Physics) - University of the Western Cape


I held the outreach astronomer position at the South African Astronomical Observatory for two years before taking up a teaching and research position at the University of the Western Cape for 5 years. My area of research was in stellar astrophysics, in particular the observation and modelling of stellar oscillations. In the latter post I also supervised postgraduate students and taught physics and astronomy at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.

I then joined the Met Office as a Scientific Software Engineer in the Unified Model Systems team which are responsible for maintaining, and contribute to the development of the simulation software the Met Office use for numerical weather prediction and climate modelling.  In this role I contributed to developing and improving test suites and build systems, ensuring all new code developments are quality assured, maintaining working practices and documentation, as well as publish regular quality assured software releases.



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