Curriculum Vitae

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Current Employment


Postdoctoral Research Associate [February 2016 - Present]

Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (Werner-Heisenberg-Institute), Munich, Germany

Fundamental Particle Physics Research through the ATLAS Experiment at CERN:
● Current Areas of ATLAS Research:
▫ Measurement of production cross sections for rare processes featuring top quark signatures
▫ Development of sophisticated reconstruction techniques for top quarks (in various decay channels)
▫ Hadronic End-Cap (HEC) calorimeter software maintenance and development

● Previous Areas of ATLAS Research:
▫ Physics simulation studies for proposed Forward Calorimeter (FCal) detector upgrades
▫ Simulated pile-up suppression studies in the forward region with future (~2024) conditions

● Tools & Experience:
▫ Statistical data analysis (C/C++/python including grid computing)
▫ Software for SCADA systems (panels / scripts / alarms / monitoring using Siemens WinCC-OA)
▫ Optimization studies for signal / background discrimination
▫ Evaluation and optimization of sources of statistical and systematic uncertainty in measurements
▫ Application of multivariate analysis techniques (including boosted decision trees and neural nets)
▫ Graphical presentation of results (ROOT) and preparation of slides (Keynote)
▫ Documentation and scientific writing (LaTeX)
▫ Public speaking / delivery of results at institutional, collaboration, and (inter)national meetings

● Teaching:
▫ Lecturer for MSc-level course in heavy-flavour quark physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) with a focus on top-quark physics [Summer Semesters 2017 & 2018]
[link to course website] [associated link from MPI page]

[Link to the MPI Munich ATLAS group page]



Doctor of Philosophy – High Energy Physics (Ph.D.) [2011 - 2015]

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Focus: Precision top quark property measurement
Thesis Title: "Measurement of the top quark mass in the all-hadronic top-antitop decay channel using proton-proton collision data from the ATLAS experiment at a centre-of-mass energy of 8 TeV"
One-year research placement at the Max Planck Institute (Munich) for collaborative work (2012-2013)


Master of Science – High Energy Physics (M.Sc.) [2008 - 2010]

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Focus: Hadronic calibration schemes in high-energy collider physics
Thesis Title: "A Study of Hadronic Calibration Schemes for Pion Test Beam Data in the ATLAS Forward Calorimeter"


Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) [2005 - 2006]

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Concurrent Trent-Queen's program, including teaching placements throughout 2001-2006
Specialization: Intermediate/Senior divisions
Teachable Subjects: Physics & Mathematics
Alternative Practicum: Teaching ESL in a rural elementary school in Nuevo Paraíso, Honduras


Bachelor of Science, Honours (B.Sc., Hon.) [2001 - 2005]

Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Major: Physics / Minor: Mathematics
Dean's Honour Roll & President's Honour Roll

Research Experience


Ph.D. Research and Experimental Work [2011 - 2015]

  • Acted as the primary analyzer in a precision top quark mass measurement in the all-hadronic top quark pair decay channel using 8 TeV ATLAS proton-proton collision data

  • Involvement in ATLAS online trigger software validation and Liquid Argon (LAr) data quality


Summer / 4th-Year Undergraduate Research Assistant [2004 & 2005]

  • Optical Physics: electronics, laser calibration & stabilization (Supervisor: R. C. Shiell) [2004]

  • Astrophysics: modelling of orbits in the vicinity of irregularly shaped asteroids and binary star systems, computer programming (Supervisor: P. C. Dawson) [2005]

  • Both opportunities provided as a result of research awards with funding through NSERC

Teaching & Related Experience


Undergraduate Teaching Assistant [2008 - 2015]

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • Physics 1004: Introductory Electromagnetism & Wave Motion
    In later years role involved the design, creation, distribution, and coordination of all term tests for the approximately 1000 students. Acted as lead TA and worked one-on-one with students in the drop-in centre, in addition to acting as a TA in one lab section

  • Physics 1007/1008: Elementary University Physics

  • Physics 1001: Introductory Mechanics & Thermodynamics


Science Teacher & Assistant Head of House [2006 - 2007]

Lakefield College School, Lakefield, Ontario, Canada

  • Lived and worked on campus of a small, independent, boarding school for grades 7 through 12

  • Teaching: Taught physics unit of Grade 10 Science (part-time position)

  • Coaching: Coached recreational and competitive sports with a focus on competitive rowing

  • Assistant Head of House: Responsible, along with the Head of House, for the safety and well-being of 26 boarding students


Undergraduate Teaching Assistant [2002 - 2005]

Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

  • Physics 209: Physical Science for Teacher Education [2004]

  • Physics 203: Quantum Physics [2005]

  • Math 110: Calculus of One Variable [2002 - 2003]


Private tutor [1998 - 2008]

Worked with various students in the Peterborough & Ottawa areas, both at the elementary & secondary levels, primarily in math (in both English & French), physics & Spanish

Other recent work experience


Tour Guide [2007 - 2014]

Butterfield & Robinson, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Guided walking and biking trips in Europe, primarily in France (Loire Valley, Burgundy, Normandy, Dordogne) but with experience in Switzerland, Spain (Andalusia), Slovenia & Italy


Summer Recreational Coordinator [2003]

Peterborough Rowing Club, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

  • Responsible for marketing, publicity, development and implementation of all rowing programs and learn-to-row camps for both children and adults

  • Acted as head coach of women's competitive summer rowing program


Publications & Recent Talks


published Papers & Conference Proceedings

  • T.G. McCarthy on behalf of the ATLAS, CMS and LHCb Collaborations,
    "SM + Top at the LHC: Overview with a Focus on Standard Model + Top Quark (+ Substructure) Results",
    Proceedings for the Alps2018 Conference (Obergurgl, Austria, March 2018) [Link to arXiv entry][Link to PoS summary][.pdf]

  • ATLAS Collaboration, "Top-quark mass measurement in the all-hadronic ttbar decay channel at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector", JHEP 1709 (2017) 118, (February 2017) [Link to arXiv entry] [Link to Springer entry] [Link to Inspire entry]
    (My particular role was primary analyzer and software developer)

  • T.G. McCarthy on behalf of the ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeter Group,
    "Upgrade of the ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeters for the High-Luminosity LHC",
    Proceedings for the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium (Strasbourg, France, November 2016)
    ATL-LARG-PROC-2016-005 [Link to CERN Document Server entry][Link to arXiv entry][.pdf]

  • T.G. McCarthy on behalf of the ATLAS & CMS Collaborations, "Top Quark Mass Measurements at the LHC",
    Proceedings for the Moriond QCD 2016 Conference (La Thuile, Italy, March 2016)
    ATL-PHYS-PROC-2016-050 (2016) [Link to CERN Document Server entry ] [Link to arXiv entry][.pdf]

  • T.G. McCarthy, "Measurement of the Top Quark Mass in the All-Hadronic Top-Antitop Decay Channel Using Proton-Proton Collision Data from the ATLAS Experiment at a Centre-of-Mass Energy of 8 TeV",
    CERN-THESIS-2015-275, Carleton University, (2015) [Link to CERN Document Server entry]

  • M. Ugray, J.E. Atfield, T.G. McCarthy, and R.C. Shiell, "Microcontroller-based wavemeter using compression locking of an internal mirror reference laser", Rev. Sci. Instr. 77, 113109 (2006) [Link to AIP entry].


Talks at National or International Conferences

  • "SM + Top at the LHC: Overview with a Focus on Standard Model + Top Quark (+ Substructure) Results"
    On behalf of the ATLAS, CMS & LHCb Collaborations, Alps2018 Conference (Obergurgl, Austria, March 2018)
    [Link to Alps2018 Conference Page] [.pdf] (20 MB)

  • "Upgrades of the ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeters for the HL-LHC"
    On behalf of the ATLAS Liquid Argon Group, IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium (Strasbourg, France, November 2016)
    [Link to IEEE/NSS Agenda – Contribution N40-4][.pdf] (14 MB)

  • "Top Quark Mass Measurements at ATLAS and CMS"
    On behalf of the ATLAS and CMS Collaborations, Moriond QCD Session (La Thuile, Italy, March 2016)
    [Link to Moriond QCD Agenda][.pdf]

  • "Top Quark Mass Measurement in the All-Hadronic ttbar Channel from ATLAS p-p Collision Data @ √s = 8 TeV"
    ATLAS Canada Workshop (Montréal, Québec, Canada, May 2014)

  • "Precision Measurements of the Top Quark with ATLAS Using p-p Collision Data @ √s = 7 & 8 TeV"
    On behalf of the ATLAS Collaboration, Lake Louise Winter Institute (Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, February 2014)
    [Link to CERN Document Server entry] [.pdf]

  • "Top Quark Mass Measurement in the 'All-Hadronic ttbar Channel' Using ATLAS p-p Collision Data @ √s = 8 TeV"
    Winter Nuclear and Particle Physics Conference (WNPPC) (Banff, Alberta, Canada, February 2014)

  • "All-Hadronic ttbar Top Quark Mass Measurement"
    Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (MPP) Monthly ATLAS Meeting (Munich, Germany, July 2013)

  • "Hadronic Calibration Schemes for FCal Pion Test Beam Data"
    ATLAS Canada Workshop (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 2009)

Title Slides for Selected Presentations GIVEN AT International Conferences


Poster I created to summarize our group's √s = 8 TeV Top Quark Mass Measurement

[Click here for a copy of the .pdf] (~ 8 MB)

Additional Skills & Qualifications

Language Skills

  • German: Advanced conversation, reading & writing

  • French: Advanced conversation, reading & writing

  • Spanish: Intermediate conversation, reading & writing


Computer Skills

  • Windows & Unix operating systems

  • WinCC OA

  • C/C++, Python, Bash, ROOT, LaTeX, Flash, Keynote

  • Microsoft Office & equivalent (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Coaching CertificatioN (NCCP)
[National Coaching Certification Program]

  • Level 1 – Certified in Rowing

  • Level 2 – Coaching Theory & Rowing Technical Component

Volunteer & Extracurricular Experience


Trent University Rowing Club

  • President of Executive Committee (2004 - 2005)

  • Peterborough Rowing Club Liaison (2002 - 2003)


Competitive Rowing Coach

  • Lakefield College School Women's Program (2005 - 2007)

  • Queen's University Novice Women's Program (2005)

  • Trent University Novice Women's Program (2001 - 2004)

  • Peterborough Rowing Club Summer Women's Program (2003)


Choral Singing

  • Münchener Bach-Chor, Munich, Germany (2012 - 2013, 2016 - Present)

  • Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada (2010 - 2012)

  • Ottawa Bach Choir, Ottawa, Canada (Spring 2008)

  • Peterborough Singers, Peterborough, Canada (1998 - 2004)

References available upon request.
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