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     Date Submitted:30-09-2013
     Last Modified:11-10-2013 (07:55)
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     Current job:Postdoc researcher
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsI am a physicist with more than five years of experience within both applied physical and chemical modeling. I have studied the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes (e.g., ComFLOW and openFOAM), that ATG is using when modeling hydrodynamic processes,

    Personal data

    Nationality: Spanish
    Date of birth: 7 November 1979


    Motivated and proactive personality, with innovative and results driven attitude and quick at trans- lating new ideas into projects. Creative problem solver with strong analytical skills. Experienced in working with established deadlines, team working and networking. I am looking for a position in a company where I can use my skills and background to increase the profitability and to improve the interaction between teams.

    Key experience

    • Numerical modeling: ability to construct predictions to describe complex processes.

    • Statistical analysis and data analysis: knowledge of probability theory.

    • Scientific programming: FORTRAN, C++ (basic).

    • Familiarity with the following operating systems: Windows, MacOsX, Unix, Linux, MS Oce and Latex.

    • Scientific writing of scientific and technical papers, and reviews.

    • Presenting scientific results in conferences and meetings.

    • Communicative mediator between multidisciplinary teams.

    • Organization of large international conferences.

    • Project manager, team working, problem solving.

    • Entrepreneurship: thought leadership, networking.

    • Inquisitiveness about new emerging technologies.

    • Coaching of students.


    2002 – 2007: PhD degree (cum laude) in physical chemistry at University of Barcelona, Spain. Thesis title: Chemical processes with oxygen and nitrogen on SiO2.
    Key areas of interest: Catalysis, reactivity, materials, gas-surface interactions, kinetics, modeling.

    2002 – 2004: Degree in Advanced Studies (equivalent to MSc degree) in physical chemistry at University of Barcelona, Spain.
    Graduation research: Adsorption of atomic oxygen and nitrogen on SiO2.

    Key areas of interest: Catalysis, chemistry, material science.
    Teaching certificate at University of Barcelona, Spain.
    1997 – 2002:
    BSc degree in Physics at University of Barcelona, Spain.

    Professional experience and training

    2009 – 2013 (4 years): Postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University, Netherlands.
    Developing a molecular dynamics simulations code to study the formation of some molecules in the in- terstellar medium for astrochemistry purposes. In particular, the formation of CO2 and H2O in space.

    2009 (3 months): Teaching assistant in physical chemistry at University of Barcelona, Spain. 2008 (9 months): Postdoctoral researcher at Helsinki University, Finland.

    Studying the reactivity between water and silica surfaces.

    2002 – 2007 (5 years): PhD position at University of Barcelona, Spain.
    Developing a molecular dynamics simulations code to study the reaction of silicates with oxygen, and its physical properties as surface protection material for an aircraft.

    Short List of Publications

    • ”Adsorption of atomic oxygen and nitrogen at -cristobalite (100): a density functionaly theory study”, C. Arasa, P. Gamallo and R. Sayos, J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 14954 (2005).

    • ”Classical dynamics study of atomic oxygen sticking on the -cristobalite (100) surface”, C. Arasa, H. F. Busnengo, A. Salin and R. Sayos, Surface Science 602, 975 (2008).

    • ”Eley-Rideal reaction dynamics between O atoms on -cristobalite (100) surface: A new in- terpolated potential energy surface and classical trajectory study”, C. Arasa, V. Moron, H. F. Busnengo and R. Sayos; Surf. Sci. 603, 2742 (2009).

    • ”Molecular dynamics simulations on the ice temperature dependence of water ice photodesorp- tion”, C. Arasa, S. Andersson, H. M. Cuppen, E. F. van Dishoeck, and G. J. Kroes; J. Chem. Phys. 132, 184510 (2010).

    • ”Molecular dynamics simulations of CO2 formation in interstellar ices”, C. Arasa, M. C. van Hemert, E. F. van Dishoeck, and G. J. Kroes, J. Phys. Chem. A, 117, 7064 (2013).


    Spanish and Catalan: native.
    English: fluent in writing, listening and speaking; 5 years of daily experience in scientific English. French: reasonable understanding and reading.
    Dutch: level B1 in listening, reading and writing, and motivated to reach work level.


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