CV: Post-doctoral researcher



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 Date Submitted:05-03-2013
 Last Modified:05-03-2013 (04:48)
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 Current job:Post-doctoral researcher
 Employment Term:Either
 Job location:Own country
 Date available:within a month
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
 KeywordsPhysics, astrophysics, observations, data analysis, modelling, programming, team player, project management, scientific writing, teaching

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Date and place of birth

6th June 1980; Busto Arsizio (Italy)





2010 - 2013

Post-doctoral researcher at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute,


University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

2006 - 2010

PhD student at the Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek,


University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)


Skills and experience

·   Excellent analytical and quantitative skills: analysis of large data sets obtained from telescopes for X-ray astronomy (timing analysis, spectral analysis, imaging).

·   Modelling: development and empirical test of physical models.

·   Programming skills: programming of routines and scripts for customizing and automizing the analysis of large data sets.

·    Project management and team leader skills: development of projects aimed at observing selected black holes and neutron stars involving the coordination of a large team of scientists.

·   Communicative skills: teaching assistance for university courses and outreach activities aimed at the general public. 




PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam


Advisors: prof. Rob Fender, prof. Michiel van der Klis

Title thesis: “Accretion/ejection coupling in X-ray binaries”

2005 Physics (grade 105/110) at the University of Milan

(Università degli Studi di Milano)

2004 - 2005

Master thesisat INAF-OAB

(INAF-Brera Astronomical Observatory), Merate, Italy

Advisors: dr. Tomaso Belloni, prof. Marco Bersanelli

Title: “Study of the time variability of the microquasar GRS 1915+105

1994 - 1999

Liceo Scientifico Statale “A. Tosi”, Busto Arsizio (Italy)

(Scientific High School)


Software and programming

Operating systems

excellent knowledge of all the major operating systems: Microsoft Windows, Linux and Apple (MacOS, iOS)


IDL, Supermongo: proficient use

Matlab, Fortran, C, HTML, csh-shell: basic knowledge


Expertise in Microsoft Office

Expertise in Ftools, Xspec, Xselect, Ciao, Sherpa and other software for X-ray data reduction and analysis

Basic knowledge of GRASP8W and AIPS (radio data reduction)

Data management

Xgobi: proficient use (data visualization system for high-dimensional data)


Teaching experience

·    Master student supervisor; University of Groningen, 2012

Teaching assistant for the following courses:

·    “High-energy astrophysics”

M. Sc. course, University of Groningen, 2011

·    “Sterrenkunde Practicum III” (Astronomy laboratory)

3rdyear B. Sc. course, University of Amsterdam, 2009

·    “Stellar atmosphere and radiative transfer”

M. Sc. course, University of Amsterdam, 2008

·    “Astrofysica” (Introductory to Astrophysics)

2ndyear B. Sc. course, University of Amsterdam, 2006, 2007



Organizing experience


for Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

and Advances in Space Research


of Scientific and Local Organizing Committee of the Workshop

“A decade of accreting millisecond X-ray pulsars”, Amsterdam, April 2008


of the proceedings of the workshop “A decade of accreting millisecond X-ray pulsars”, Amsterdam, April 2008

American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings, 1068 (2008)


of the group meeting at the Kapteyn Institute, 2011- 2013


for the “Open Day” at the University of Amsterdam, 2006-2008

Public Lectures for POE (Public Outreach & Education Office) at the Brera Astronomical Observatory, March-December 2005, Merate, Italy




full professional proficiency


professional knowledge


mother tongue


basic knowledge



Peer-reviewed publications

                                                 - as 1st author -

·    Soleri, P., Muñoz-Darias, T., Motta, S., Belloni, T., Méndez, M., Casella, P., Altamirano, D., Linares, M., Wijnands, R., Fender, R., van der Klis, M.

“A complex state transition from the black hole candidate Swift J1753.5-0127"

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 429, 1244 (2013)

·    Soleri, P. & Fender, R. P.

“On the nature of the `radio-quiet' black hole binaries"

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 413, 2269 (2011)

·    Soleri, P., Fender, R. P., Tudose, V., Maitra, D., Bell, M., Linares, M., Altamirano, D., Wijnands, R., Belloni, T., Casella, P., Miller-Jones, J. C. A., Muxlow, T., Klein-Wolt, M., Garrett, M., van der Klis, M.

“Investigating the disc-jet coupling in accreting compact objects using the black hole candidate Swift J1753.5-0127"

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 406, 1471 (2010)

·    Soleri, P., Tudose, V., Fender, R. P., van der Klis, M., Jonker, P.G.

“Linking jet emission and X-ray properties in the peculiar neutron star X-ray binary Circinus X-1"

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 399, 453 (2009)

·    Soleri, P., Heinz, S., Fender, R. P., Wijnands, R., Tudose, V., Altamirano, D., Jonker, P.G., van der Klis, M., Kuiper, L., Kaiser, C., Casella, P.

“A parsec scale X-ray extended structure from the X-ray binary Circinus X-1"

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society - Letters, 397, L1 (2009)

·    Soleri, P., Belloni, T., Casella, P.

“A transient low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillation from the black hole binary GRS 1915+105"

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 383, 1089 (2008)

Nine further publications as co-author.


Observing proposals

Principal investigator of several approved peer-reviewed proposals for observations with international telescopes: Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, Chandra X-ray Observatory, XMM-Newton, Swift.


Interests and hobbies

Cooking, literature, travelling, team rowing, swimming

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