Profession cosmologist

Cosmologists focus on the study of the universe as a whole, which is made up by its origin, evolution and ultimate fate. They use tools and scientific instruments to observe and study other galaxies and astronomical objects such as stars, black holes, planets and other celestial bodies.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Artistic
  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Quantum optics

    The field of physics combining quantum field theory and physical optics.

  • Physics

    Have a wide background of physics which is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force.

  • Astronomy

    The field of science that studies the physics, chemistry, and evolution of celestial objects such as stars, comets, and moons. It also examines phenomena that happen outside Earth's atmosphere such as solar storms, cosmic microwave background radiation, and gamma ray bursts.

  • Aerospace engineering

    The engineering discipline that combines various technologies and engineering disciplines such as avionics, materials science and aerodynamics in order to design, develop and manufacture aircraft, spacecraft, missiles and satillites.

  • Quantum mechanics

    The field of research concerning the study of atoms and photons in order to quantize these particles.

  • Statistics

    The study of statistical theory, methods and practices such as collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of data including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments in order to forecast and plan work-related activities.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

Skills

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Analyse scientific data

    Collect and analyse scientific data resulting from research. Interpret these data according to certain standards and viewpoints in order to comment on it.

  • Carry out scientific research in observatory

    Perform research in a building equipped for the observation of natural phenomena, especially in relation to celestial bodies.

  • Operate telescopes

    Set up and adjust telescopes in order to look at phenomena and objects outside Earth's atmosphere.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Gather experimental data

    Collect data resulting from the application of scientific methods such as test methods, experimental design or measurements.

  • Define celestial bodies

    Analyse data and images to calculate the size, shape, brightness, and motion of celestial bodies.

  • Analyse telescope images

    Examine images taken by telescopes in order to study phenomena and objects outside Earth's atmosphere.

  • Design scientific equipment

    Design new equipment or adapt existing equipment to aid scientists in gathering and analysing data and samples.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Operate scientific measuring equipment

    Operate devices, machinery, and equipment designed for scientific measurement. Scientific equipment consists of specialised measuring instruments refined to facilitate the acquisition of data.

  • Observe celestial objects

    Study the relative positions and movements of stars and planets, by using and interpreting data provided by specialised software and publications such as ephemeris.

Optional knowledge and skills

execute analytical mathematical calculations geophysics perform lectures geostationary satellites write scientific papers acoustics observe matter apply statistical analysis techniques types of optical instruments optics perform laboratory tests develop scientific theories write research proposals aeronomy optoelectronics types of satellites teach astronomy