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     Date Submitted:30-09-2014
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    Job information
     Current job:Post-doctoral researcher
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsTheoretical physicist, computational fluid dynamics, numerical simulations of complex astrophysical systems, expert in neutron star physics, three year experience as temporary lecture at the University of Southampton.
    CV

    Personal Data
    Born on November 6th , 1972 in Rome, Italy.

    Current Position
    Researcher at the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) with a fellowship co-founded by the European Fp7/Marie-Curie programme and INAF, which have been won with a project, personally developed, entitled: Relativistic models of Magnetars with magnetosphere.

    Professional Profile
    Theoretical physicist (astrophysics and cosmology) with expertise in computer programming (in C and Fortran) and software implementation for solving complex mathematical equations. Good expertise also in mathematical modelling of complex physical systems and in teaching University courses. Professional experience also as system manager in a management and technology consulting company (see “Non-Academic Professional Experience” and “Expertise” sections).

    Education
    September 2002 - October 2005: Ph.D in Physics. Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, Portsmouth, UK. Dissertation Title: “Non-linear Oscillations of Compact Stars and Gravitational Waves”.
    October 1995 - May 2001: Laurea degree in Physics (equiv. to M.S.). Mark: 110/110, University of Rome “Roma TRE”, Italy. Dissertation Title: “Spectral Properties of Afterglows of Gamma Ray Bursts”.
    1986 - 1991: High School: Liceo Scientifico, G.B. Morgagni, Rome, Italy. Mark: 52/60.

    Publications and Conferences
    Publication of 22 articles in scientific international journals, such as Monthly Notice of the Royal Society (Astrophyisics) and Physical Review D (Physics and Mathematics). For more details see annex 1. Participation in about 50 international conferences of experts and presentation via seminars and talks of several research projects, and participation in some outreach events (see annex 2 for more details).

    Languages
    - English : fluent in spoken and written English. Language improved during a 6 year job experience in UK, by writing a PhD thesis and various research articles, by participating in international conferences, by teaching for three years at the University of Southampton, etc.
    - French : good in spoken and written French. Language studied for 8 years in the secondary school.
    - Germany : basic knowledge, obtained during a two year working experience in T¨ubingen (Germany).
    - Greek : basic knowledge, obtained during a two year working experience in Thessaloniki (Greece).

    Non-academic Professional Experience
    November 2001 - July 2002: System manager at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young & Telecom Media Networks, a management and technology consulting company, Rome, Italy.
    Topics: junior system administrator: management of the day to day system-related operations, such as computer network, software and hardware installation, company’s databases (by using the Pl/SQL language). Assistance and solution of user software related problems and support on various administration tasks.

    Academic Professional Experience
    October 2012-To present: Researcher at the “Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica” (INAF, Observatory of Rome, Italy), with a fellowship co-founded by the European Fp7/Marie-Curie programme and INAF. This grant has been won with a project personally developed and titled: Relativistic models of Magnetars with magnetosphere.
    - Research: Implementation and development of numerical codes in C to solve systems of coupled partial differential equations. Aims : the study of the magneto-hydrodynamics of multi-component and multilayer systems and their seismic vibrations in order to infer their physical parameters.
    (See “Computer Skill” section for more details on the numerical methods used).
    - Conferences and visits: Participation and presentation of the project results in 12 international conferences.
    October 2010 - October 2012: Postdoctoral position. Theoretical Astrophysics Group, University of T¨ubingen, Germany.
    - Research: developments of numerical codes in C to solve systems of partial differential equations.
    Aims : the study of the time evolution of physical systems formed by two fluids, strong magnetic fields and rapid rotation.
    - Conferences and visits: Participation and presentation of the project results in 6 international conferences.

    September 2007 - October 2010: Lecturer at the General Relativity Group, School of Mathematics, University of Southampton, UK.
    - Research: Implementation and development of a numerical code in C to solve systems of partial and ordinary differential equations. Aims : the study of physical systems with regions with different physical composition (e.g fluid/solid) and the evolution of stellar quakes.
    - Teaching: Lecturer in two courses per year: i) “Introduction to Mathematical Method” (about 145 BSC students), and ii) “Gravitational Waves” (about 6 MSC students).
    - Conferences and visits: Participation and presentation of the project results in 8 international conferences.

    October 2005 - September 2007: Postdoctoral position with a Virgo Ego Scientific Forum (VESF) research fellowship. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.
    - Research: numerical simulations in 3 dimensions to study the non-linear effects of seismic vibration in compact stars, and development of numerical codes to solve the eigenvalue problems to study rotating stars and their seismic spectra.
    - Conferences and visits: Participation and presentation of the project results in 9 international conferences.

    September 2002 - October 2005: PhD student at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, Portsmouth, UK.
    - Research: development of the non-linear perturbation theory and study of the stellar vibrations via numerical simulations by using the Einstein theory of gravity.
    - Conferences and visits: Participation and presentation of the project results in 12 international conferences.

    Computer Skills Programming experience:
    Expertise in solving partial differential equations in one and multidimensional systems both for hydrodynamical time simulations and eigenvalue boundary problems.
    Code developed:
    1. Implementation and development of a modular numerical code to study the hydrodynamical evolution of multi-fluid physical systems in rapid rotation and with strong magnetic field.
    Total line number : about 9000. Programming language : C. This code has been developed and updated to study the following physical systems:
    a) hydrodynamics of two-fluid systems with strong magnetic field (see Publications 1 and 3).
    b) rapidly rotating stars and their instabilities and viscous damping (see Publications 2 and 4).
    c) stars with superfluid constituents in rapid rotation, study of glitches (similar to earthquakes) (see Publications 6,7,9 and 10).
    d) differentially and rapidly rotating bodies and extraction of the seismic vibration properties (see Publications 11 and 12).
    2. Code for solving coupled ordinary differential equations for studying two-fluid system with internal boundary layers (see Publications 5). Total line number : about 6000. Programming language : Fortran.
    3. Codes for solving in time and as eigenvalue problems the seismic spectrum of slowly rotating bodies (see Publications 13 and 15). Total line number : about 5500. Programming language : Fortran 77.
    4. Code for nonlinear oscillations: (see Publications 14 and 16-18). Total line number : about 5000. Programming language : Fortran 77.
    5. Experience in developing the Cactus toolkit, Whisky, Carpet: a modular and portable programming environment for parallel high performance computing. (see for instance the web page: www.whiskycode.org). Total line number : about 4000. Programming language : Fortran 90 and C.

    Programming languages: C, Fortran 77/90. Experience in C++, and in relational data base language PL/SQL.
    Operating Systems:
    - Unix based: Linux, Sun Unix, HP Unix.
    - Windows based: Windows XP.
    - Mac OS X.
    Computer algebra systems: In depth knowledge of Maple, Mathematica. Experience in programming in MatLab.
    Expertise
    - Administration of computer network and management of software and hardware.
    Expertise gained during a job experience at the “Cap Gemini Ernst & Young & Telecom Media Networks”.
    - Construction and development of numerical codes to solve partial differential equations by using C and Fortran 77/90 programming languages (see Sec. Computer Skills)
    - Preparation of grant applications to found new lines of research. Management and organization of various phases of a research programme: collaborations, conference participation, visits to Universities, etc. (see Sec. Academic Professional Experience and AstroFit fellowship).
    - Aptitude in setting up collaborations with Professors and researchers of various international Universities and research institutes. A wide network of collaborators have been established during a 10 year job experience abroad (6 years in UK, 2 years in Germany and 2 years in Greece).
    (See Annex 1 and 2 for more details).
    - Good presentation and communication skills developed during the participation in about 50 international conferences of experts, and during a three year teaching experience at the University of Southampton (see Sec. Academic Professional Experience and Annex 2).
    - Teaching of University courses with large number of students (about 150).
    - Referee work for international scientific journals, such as Astrophysical Journal and Monthly Notice of the Royal Society (Astrophysics), and Physical Review D and Classical and Quantum Gravity (Physics and Mathematics).
    - Support for disable people in care Institutes for disable and blind people during the Military/Civil Service, June 1996-May 1997. Support for disable (6 months in Genova) and blind people (6 months in Rome) in daily and study activities.
    - Organization of tennis courses for children and adults.
     


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