Alessandro Marin, PhD

Senior Engineer

Physicist working as Senior Engineer at Oslo University in scientific software development and research support. Qualified by 4 years of corporate experience as support specialist in Analytics and 7 years of doctoral and post-doctoral academic experience in physics. Proficient in software development (back- and front-end), technical support, scientific research, machine learning. I am interested in leveraging my skills for a role in software development and support of scientific researchers in the field of science education.


Senior Engineer

Work on science educational projects, develop software infrastructure for UiO's educational platforms

  • Submitted an education research study based on Natural Language Processing. Paper submitted to Physics Education
  • Created software infrastructure for the S-Assess project aimed at developing a structured assessment system and learning analytics
  • Responsible for the development of the DocOnce document processing system
  • Providing staff support in data analysis and computational infrastructure
Dec 2018 - Present

Oslo, Norway

Support Specialist - Business Intelligence and Analytics

Postdoctoral Scientist

Investigated the molecular electronic processes in organic semiconductors by modeling spectroscopic data

  • Developed a model of spectroscopic data to extract rates of charge yields
  • Implemented software using queues and event-driven programming in LabVIEW for laser systems
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013

Delft, the Netherlands

Ph.D. in Biophysics of Photosynthesis

Researched the transport of light energy in plant and algal photosynthesis

  • Developed MATLAB software for data processing, performed model-based analysis of spectroscopic data on high performance servers
  • Co-developer of the C (LabWindows) software for a laser detector. Set up real-time instrument control and digital data processing at high-repetition rates
  • Published 6 peer-reviewed publications (4 first author) in academic journals
Apr 2006 - Jun 2011

the Netherlands

Master Thesis in Hearing Research

Researched cochlear mechanics

  • Preprocessed movies of the cochlea with wavelet denoising and deconvolution
  • Invented and developed a MATLAB algorithm that uses optical flow to couple a simulation of cochlear movement to microscopic movies
  • Published a peer reviewed publication in an academic journal
Aug 2004 - Jun 2005

Stockholm, Sweden


PhD in Biophysics of Photosynthesis.

Vrije Universiteit

Full time research in biophysics of photosynthesis on the EU funded project Harvest

Apr 2005 - Jun 2012

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

BSc in Physics, MSc in Applied Physics

University of Padova

Karolinska Institute

Bachelor and Master in Physics at University of Padova.
Master thesis in Biophysics of the cochlea at Karolinska Institutet.

Sep 1999 - Nov 2005

Padova, Italy

Stockholm, Sweden

Bachelor of Music, Piano

Conservatory of Music Benedetto Marcello

3 years piano, 1 year composition.

Sep 2001 - Jun 2004

Venice, Italy


Programming Languages & Tools

  • Software development: Python, Caché ObjectScript, ShellScript (Bash), LabVIEW, Java, C, LabWindows/CVI

  • Website development: HTML/Javascript, React, Angular, Django, NodeJS, REST

  • Data analysis: MATLAB, Python, MDX

  • Machine learning: Python (pandas, numpy, matplotlib, scikit-learn, gensim, nltk, etc)

  • Databases: NoSQL (MongoDB, Firebase, AWS, InterSystems Caché/IRIS), Relational (Caché SQL, PostgreSQL, MySQL and SQLite)

  • Version control software: Git, Perforce

  • Cloud: AWS, Google Firebase, MongoDB


  • Machine Learning: regression, classification clustering, ensemble methods, dimensionality reduction, natural language processing (topic analysis), time series analysis, web scraping, anomaly detection, familiarity with recommendation systems, neural networks

  • Professional experience with large-scale code bases (InterSystems Caché)

  • Troubleshooting technical issues using the scientific method and problem solving theory

  • Teamwork: launched and supported research projects resulting in 7 academic publications

  • Management responsibilities and teaching: mentored a new hire and BSc and MSc students, who completed their projects on time and to a high standard. Two years teaching assistant in the MATLAB/LabVIEW course Applied Informatics for Medical Students given in Dutch

  • Business Intelligence Analytics: diagnosing issues on data, BI models, architecture. Recommending optimizations for performance problems, efficient parallel processing of data

  • Scientific/Technical writing: published 4 first-authored academic publications, as well as 12 technical articles for the Developer Community of InterSystems

  • Communication: presented 16 oral talks at international conferences


  • Italian: Native

  • English: Full professional proficiency

  • Dutch: Full professional proficiency

  • Norwegian: Professional working proficiency (Høyere mellomnivå)

  • French: Limited professional proficiency

  • Spanish: Limited professional proficiency


Projects at UiO



Other Achievements


    • Odden TOB, Marin A, Caballero MD. Thematic Analysis of 18 Years of PERC Proceedings using Natural Language Processing. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2020. Link
    • Marieke LK, Fagny M, Marin A, Quackenbush J, Glass K. PUMA: PANDA Using MicroRNA Associations. Bioinformatics, 2020. Link
    • Marin A, van Stokkum IH, Novoderezhkin VI, van Grondelle R. Excitation-induced polarization decay in the plant light-harvesting complex LHCII. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, A: Chemistry, 2012, 234:91-99. Link
    • Marin A, Doust AB, Scholes GD, Wilk KE, Curmi PMG, van Stokkum IHM, van Grondelle R. Flow of excitation energy in the cryptophyte light-harvesting antenna phycocyanin 645. Biophysical Journal, 2011, 101:1004-1013. Link
    • Novoderezhkin VI, Marin A, van Grondelle R. Intra- and inter-monomeric transfers in the light harvesting LHCII complex: the Redfield-Frster picture. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2011, 13(38):17093-103. Link
    • Marin A, Passarini F, van Stokkum IH, Croce R, van Grondelle R. Minor complexes at work: light-harvesting by Carotenoids in the Photosystem II antenna complexes CP24 and CP26 Biophysical Journal, 2011, 100(11):2829-2838. Link
    • Gall A, Berera R, Alexandre MTA, Pascal AA, Bordes L, Mendes-Pinto MM, Andrianambinintso S, Stoitchkova KV, Marin A, Valkunas L, Horton P, Kennis JTM, van Grondelle R, Ruban A, Robert B. Molecular adaptation of photoprotection: Triplet states in light-harvesting proteins Biophysical Journal, 2011, 101(4):934-942. Link
    • Marin A, Passarini F, Croce R, van Grondelle R. The energy transfer pathways in the CP24 and CP26 antenna complexes of higher plant Photosystem II. A comparative study. Biophysical Journal, 2010, 99:4056-4065. Link
    • Boutet de Monvel J, Marin A, Jacob S, Tomo I, von Tiedemann M, Fridberger A, Ulfendahl M, Steele CR. From cochlear kinematics to cochlear mechanics: matching model to experiments Otol Jpn, 2007, 16(2):76-84. Link