Dr. Vanessa de Souza
Curriculum Vitae

Career Path

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Sydney, Australia
School of Chemistry, February 2008 - March 2010
Project title: Model systems for the description of jamming and supercooling
supervised by Prof. Peter Harrowell

PhD Research Student
University of Cambridge, UK
Theoretical Sector, Department of Chemistry, October 2004 - January 2008
Thesis title: Glassy Dynamics and the Potential Energy Landscape.
supervised by Prof. David Wales

Undergraduate Student
University of Cambridge, UK, 2000 - 2004
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, 2002 - 2003
Msci Hons      Natural Sciences: Chemistry     First Class
BA Hons         Natural Sciences: Chemistry     First Class
Studied at MIT on an undergraduate exchange programme, Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0/5.0.

Research Experience

Undergraduate Research
Prof. M. Sprik, Cambridge University Chemistry Department Final year project 2003 - 2004
Project Title: Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of the solvation of aqueous HS
Prof. R. Silbey, MIT Chemistry Department 2003
Prof. A. Tokmakoff, MIT Chemistry Department 2003

Industrial Research and Work Experience
Unilever Centre, Department of Chemistry 2004
Development of general computational tools for name recognition of chemicals
Nature Publishing Group (based at the Unilever Centre, Department of Chemistry) 2003
Extraction of chemical information from the web using robots and web design
Ice Cream Science and Product Microstructure, Unilever Research 2000 & 2002

Academic Awards

Chemistry Department, Cambridge University: 2004
Prize awarded for the best final year theoretical chemistry project
Selwyn College, Cambridge University: 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004
Awarded Scholarships for academic achievement


Computer Skills
Operating Systems:               Advanced use of both Linux and Windows
Programming Languages:    FORTRAN and Scheme (Lisp)
Mathematical packages:       Mathematica, Mathcad and Excel
Word and Text Processing:   Word, LaTeX, emacs and vi/vim
Presentation Tools:               PowerPoint, LaTeX for posters and pdf presentations
Web design and exploration: html, css, php, MySQL

Language Skills
Spanish, intermediate - continually developed in weekly conversation with a native speaker
French and Latin, A* grades at GCSE level, 1998

Communication Skills
Four first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals
Experience of verbal presentations across a range of audiences including conferences and at seminars as an invited speaker
Distinction in Grade 8 LAMDA examination series 'The Speaking of Verse and Prose'

Other     Full clean driving licence

Teaching Experience

University Teaching
Small group teaching (supervisions) of 2nd year chemistry undergraduates 2005 - 2007
Practical class leader for 2nd year chemistry undergraduates 2005 - 2007

Other Teaching
Participation in the STIMULUS project 2005 and 2007
Taught mathematics to a group of able 13year-old children and provided support in lessons
Provided assistance in chemistry practical classes and problem-solving sessions for final-year school students

Interests and Activities

I have a wide range of interests which include the following:
Music Piano and 'cello (grade 8)
Dance Ballroom dancing
Sport Tennis, yoga and bushwalking
Craft Various forms of needlecraft