Luke Holmes MPhys
11 Wells Drive, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN4 2UE
Mobile: 07964 191 830, Landline: 01522 522 504
Confident, motivated and enthusiastic graduate of a 4-year Master of Physics course, seeking first
graduate position in industry. Excellent problem solving, data-handling and modelling skills. Able to
manage time effectively and operate diligently and with initiative either individually or as part of a
team. Polite, professional and friendly demeanour. Strong aptitude for formal written communication.
British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical Store
Volunteer Sales Assistant: Duties include arranging the collection of donations and the delivery of
purchased goods, movement of stock between the warehouse and shop floor and vice-versa,
arranging, displaying and pricing stock, customer assistance and answering telephone enquiries.
Customers must be handled with a polite, calm and “customer first” attitude. Customer details must be
taken efficiently and accurately and handled in a secure, responsible manner.
Leiden/ESA Astrophysics Program for Summer Students (LEAPS)
Leiden University, South Holland, The Netherlands
Variability and Transiting Extrasolar Planets in Young Open Clusters: Tasked with
independently performing wide field differential photometry for the Young Exoplanet Transit
Initiative (YETI) in order to locate variable and transient sources. Though ultimately unsuccessful in
discovering any new planet candidates, the data analysed did contain possible evidence to support a
candidate found in a previous study. At the end of the summer school, completed work was handed
over to supervisor for integration into her own studies.
Master of Physics (in Physics with Astrophysics) with First Class Honours
The University of Leicester, Leicestershire
October 2011-July 2015
4th Year Study Project (Ancient Planetary Systems): Tasked with writing a review paper on the
current state and possible future of research into the fates of Solar Systems around post main sequence
stars, white dwarfs, white dwarf dust/debris rings and potential planetary companions to white dwarfs.
Highly praised for final report’s diverse and well-sourced content.
3rd Year Group Industry Project (Mars Sample Return): Tasked with producing a report
analogous to a Pre-Phase-A European Space Agency study for a Mars sample return mission for
Airbus Defence and Space. Personal duties were to calculate initial interplanetary manoeuvres for the
cruise spacecraft from the Earth to Mars, produce a simple model for the ascent of the sample capsule
from Mars’ surface to a low Mars orbit, verify the accuracy of technical calculations performed by
other members of the team and to develop the project task schedule. Both our academic supervisor
and Airbus Defence and Space were extremely pleased with our final report.
3rd Year Pair Research Project (Observing Transiting Exoplanets): Tasked with selecting a star
with a known transiting companion, planning and observing a transit and analysing the images
obtained to produce a light curve for the transit. Using the light curve, we determined the radius of the
planetary companion HAT-P-32b. Working around numerous technical difficulties, we obtained
results which compared closely with those obtained by much better experienced scientists with
North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form
A levels: Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics with Statistics C
Robert Pattinson School
GCSEs: 11 at grades A* to C including English Language, English Literature, Mathematics,
Statistics, Science and Additional Science
Time Management: Required throughout degree in order to ensure tasks were prioritised and
completed to meet stringent deadlines, especially in the case of pair and group projects which
necessitated that personal tasks were completed on-time to ensure colleagues were not delayed.
Communication: Research projects listed have all required frequent meetings with supervisors and
colleagues. Projects listed above necessitated working closely with colleagues to delegate tasks and
divide responsibilities effectively. Projects were universally assessed by way of a formal written
academic report and frequently assessed by way of verbal presentations.
Computing, Programming and ICT: Experience in coding in R and C and in using and editing pre-
written scripts for IDL and Python for the purposes of data analysis and modelling. Limited
experience with MATLAB. Extensive experience with Microsoft Office.
Problem Solving: Constantly refined and examined through the completion of continuous
assessments and problem sheets throughout degree course.
Independent Learning and Research: Research projects all required the study and review of
relevant literature to be accomplished.
Served for two consecutive years as the Chief Astronomer for the University of Leicester Astronomy
and Rocketry Society, responsible for organising and supervising stargazing events at the university
observatory. Member of the RAF Waddington Archery Club. Avid collector and painter of model
Available upon request