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Liju Philip

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Interstellar and Heliospheric Physics


Liju works in the field of observational cosmology. He specializes in ground-based instrumentation development, system integration, remote deployment, calibration and data analysis. His PhD research focused on studying cosmic dawn in the universe using 30-200 MHz observations of globally averaged 21 cm HI emission. He is currently a JPL Postdoctoral Fellow working on an intensity mapping experiment targeting redshifted carbon monoxide line emission from distant galaxies using the recently fielded COMAP experiment.


PhD in Physics (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 2019)

MSc in Physics (Rhodes University, South Africa 2016))

Bachelor of Engineering (University of Mumbai, India 2009)

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2020-present)
  • Doctoral Researcher, UKZN, South Africa (2016-19)
  • Postgraduate researcher, Rhodes University, South Africa (2014-16)
  • Visiting Student, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India (2011-12)

Community Service

  • Contributed to student tutoring program in remote villages near Grahamstown, South Africa.
  • Conducted lab tours and outreach programs for school and college students.

Research Interests

Experimental astronomy, observational cosmology, RF instrumentation and techniques, radio interferometry, signal processing, remote deployment, calibration, data processing

Selected Awards

  • NRF bursary for PhD (2016)
  • NRF bursary for MSc. (2014)

Selected Publications

L. Philip et al. 2018 "Probing Radio Intensity at high-Z from Marion: 2017 Instrument" Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation