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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0100
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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 9 Oct 2017 12:03:00 +0100
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Thu, 5 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0100
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    Education
     
    Pre-University
    1992 - 1998    Secondary school N2, Aparan, Armenia.
     
    1998 - 2002    College National  Academy of Science,  Republic of Armenia, Aparan, Armenia.
    State  certificate of high-school education
     
    Undergraduate
     
    2002 - 2006    Bachelor’s  Degree  in Nuclear  Physics  and Nuclear  Powerplants,  Pedagogics,
    Department of Astrophysics, Yerevan State  University, Republic of Armenia.
    Diploma
     
    2008 - 2010    Master of Physics,   Department of Nuclear Physics, Yerevan State University, Yere- van, Armenia, Diploma with excellence.
     
    title    Monte-Carlo simulation of the Li-7 nucleus photodisintegration process
    supervisors    Prof.  Albert M. Sirunyan, Yerevan Physics Institute,  Yerevan, Armenia
     
     
    2010 - 2011    Post-graduate courses, PhD program in Astrophysics.
    2011 - 2012    Post-graduate courses, Master’s program in Astrophysics.
     
    2011 - 2012    Master  of  Astronomy,  Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto (FCUP), Porto, Portugal.
     title    Spectroscopic Derivation of the Stellar Surface Gravity
    supervisors    Prof. Nuno C. Santos.  Dr. Sergio A. G. Sousa, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto  (FCUP),  Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto  (CAUP), Porto, Portugal
    2012 PhD   in  Astronomy,   Max-Planck-Institut   für  Extraterrestrische  Physik  (MPE), Garching, Germany.
    title    The Origin of the Positron Annihilation in the Galaxy
    supervisors    Prof.   Dr.  Roland Diehl, Max Planck Institut  für extraterrestrische  Physik (MPE), Garching bei München
    Dr. Torsten Ensslin, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Garching (MPA), Germany
     
     
    Employment
     
    Military 2006 - 2008    Military service, commander
     
    Congresses
     
    Workshops
    October 6-10, 2008 High  Density   Nuclear   Physics   &  QCD,   International  Workshop,  Yerevan, Armenia.
    June 6-9, 2011    Workshop on the dynamics of planetary systems,  Porto  Dynamic Days, Porto, Portugal.
     
    Conferences
     
    September 23-25, 2012 Spectroscopic  Derivation  of the  Stellar  Surface  Gravity, Gerasim Khachatryan, N.  C. Santos,  and S.  G. Sousa,  Poster,  XXII  Encontro  Nacional de Astronomia e Astrofísica (ENAA), Porto, Portugal.
     
    Presentations
     
    May 11 2011    FUNDPAR: A program for Deriving Fundamental Parameters  from Equivalent
    Widths, Cookie seminar (CAUP), Porto, Portugal.
    June 6 2012    Spectroscopic   Derivation  of  the  Stellar  Surface  Gravity, CAUP Students  Day presentation, Porto, Portugal.
     
    Grants/Awards
     
    01.10.2010- 30.09.2011   CAUP, CAUP-09/2010-BD  from the project EXOEarths (ERC-2009-StG-239953).
    01.10.2011- 30.09.2012   CAUP, CAUP-11/2011-BI from the project EXOEarths (ERC-2009-StG-239953).
     
    Languages
    Armenian  Native
    English    Fluent
    Russian Fluent 
    German Basic
     
    Skills
     
    Social Skills
    Team Work    Both on a personal and professional level I have worked successfully on several types of teams/groups, from research teams to sports teams.
    Public Speaking    I am experienced in public speaking, in research talks and project presentation.
     
    Management Skills
     
    Trouble Shooting/Problem Solving Skills  I work at the forefront of astrophysics and many times with limited resources. Daily, I am confronted with situations that  require such skills, on a research level.
     
    Computer Skills
    Internet   I am highly versed in internet utilization, from social networking sites, blogs, wikis, shared content,  etc.
     
    Software/Graphic software Outlook Express, MS Office (Word,  Excel, Power Point),  LibreOffice, OpenOffice, LaTeX, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop,  Supermongo, GIMP
     
    Operating Systems  Unix/Linux (Fedora, Ubuntu), Windows, Mac OS X
     
    Programming languages  C++, Python, IDL, MOOG, Fortran, Supermongo
     
    Research Interest
     
    Stellar atmospherical parameters of solar-type stars.
    Positron Annihilation in our Galaxy.  I am also quite interested  in other topics of Astrophysics.
     
    Publications
     
    [1] V. Zh.  Adibekyan, S. G. Sousa, N. C. Santos, E. Delgado Mena, G. Gonzalez Hernandez, J. I. end Israelian, M. Mayor, and G. Khachatryan.  Chemical abundances of 1111 FGK stars from the HARPS GTO planet search program. Galactic stellar populations and planets.  Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A), submitted edition, 2012.

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