Curriculum Vitae

Personal data

Address:
   Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)
   C/ Vía Láctea, s/n
   E38205 - La Laguna (Tenerife), España

Phone: (+34) 922 60 5746

Email: n.vitas@iac.es

Homepage: nikolavitas.blogspot.com

Place of birth and nationality: Belgrade, Yugoslavia (Republic of Serbia)


Research interests

Solar atmosphere, stellar and planetary atmospheres, radiative transfer, magnetohydrodynamics, numerical simulations, inversion methods, chemical abundances, application of the astrophysical methods in other disciplines.

Education

Ph.D. in astrophysics, Universiteit Utrecht, January, 2011.
Thesis title: Observational Signatures of the Simulated Solar Photosphere
Advisors: Dr. Christoph U.Keller (promotor), Dr. Robert J. Rutten (promotor) and Dr. Alexander Vögler

M.Sc. in astrophysics, University of Belgrade, March, 2005.
Thesis title: The Hyperfine Structure of the MnI Lines in the Solar Spectrum
Advisors: Dr. Istvan Vince and Dr. Olga Atanackovic

B.Sc. in astrophysics, University of Belgrade, 1999.

Employment

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, 2012-present

★ PostDoc within the framework of the "Solar Magnetometry in the Era of Large Solar Telescopes (AYA2014-60476-P)" project (PI's is Dr. Hector Socas-Navarro and Dr. Andres Asensio Ramos), 2017-present

★ PostDoc within the framework of the "Magnetic connectivity through the Solar Partially Ionized Atmosphere (ERC-2011-StG 277829-SPIA)" project, financed by the European Research Council in the frame of the FP7 Specific Program IDEAS (PI is Dr. Elena Khomenko), 2012-2016

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, 2011-2012

★ PostDoc within the Earth and Planetary Science division

Universiteit Utrecht, Sterrekundig Instituut, 2006-2011

★ Ph.D. student within Utrecht-Stockholm-Oslo Collaboration in Solar Physics, 2006-2011.
  EC-funded through Marie Curie Actions

★ Teaching Assistant, 2006-2009.
☆ Radiative transfer in stellar atmospheres (with R. J. Rutten and A. de Koter)
☆ Introduction to Astrophysical Radiative Transfer (with R. J. Rutten and A. Vöogler)

University of Belgrade, Department of Astronomy, 1999-2006

★ Teaching Assistant (full time job), 1999-2006.
☆ General Astrophysics (designed problem sets and tests)
☆ Theoretical Astrophysics (designed problem sets, computer assignments and tests)
☆ Observational Astrophysics (organized practical exercises)
☆ Reduction of Astronomical Observations (designed lectures and problem sets)
☆ History of Astronomy

Research

Lectures in seminars and conferences (not complete)

★ SolarNet IV, Lanzarote, January 2017
★ Spectropolarimetry working group, Freiburg, November 2017
★ PIPA2, Tenerife, September 2017
★ National Conference of Astronomers of Serbia, October 2011.
★ SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, October 2011.
★ USO gathering, Institute for Solar Physics of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Jan. 2010, link
★ Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, December 2009, link
★ Institute for Solar Physics of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, November 2008, link
★ USO gathering, Institutt for Teoretisk Astrofysikk, Oslo, Nov. 2006, link
★ Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, June 2006, link

Working Papers / Ongoing projects

★ Disentangling the family of the short-characteristics RT solvers
★ Diagnostic potential of the Mn I lines in the solar spectrum
★ Realistic magnetoconvection simulations with the MANCHA code

Experience with scientific software
Radiative transfer, line synthesis and inversion codes}:
★ MULTI (M. Carlsson)
★ RH code (H. Uitenbroek)
★ LILIA, MELANIE, NICOLE (H. Socas-Navarro)
★ TROPOMI CO retrieval code (J. Landgraf)

3D Radiative MHD:
★ MURaM (A. Vögler et al.)
★ MANCHA (E. Khomenko, N. Vitas et al.)

Programming languages:
IDL (advanced), FORTRAN (advanced), Python (basic), C (basic), PHP, shell scripting

Visualization tools: IDL, TecPlot, Vapor

Other professional activities and university service

★ Member of ISSI team Extracting physical information from spectropolarimetric observations - Comparison of inversion codes, 2010-2012.
★ Assistant Editor in Serbian Astronomical Journal, 2003-2006.
★ Member of Nederlandse Astronomen Club
★ Member of Serbian Astronomical Society
★ Member of Astronomical Society Rudjer Boskovic
★ Advisor of one B.Sc. thesis at Sterrekundig Instituut Utrecht, 2009.

★ Participant in the following summer schools
☆ Inversion techniques, USO-SP School Abisko, 2009.
☆ Visualization of numerical data, Copenhagen, 2008.
☆ Radiative transfer and numerical MHD, USO-SP School, Oslo, 2007.
☆ The 5th NEON observing school, Observatoire de Haute-Provence, 2006.
☆ European solar magnetometry school, Tatranska Lomnica, 2004.

★Member of the Solar Eclipse Expedition team, Terskol, Russia, 2006.
★ Chairman and co-founder of the first state-independent Student Union of the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade, 1996-1998.

Languages

Serbo-Croatian (native speaker), English (fluent), Spanish (basic), Dutch (basic)

References

Prof. Dr. Christoph U. Keller
    Sterrewacht Leiden, Leiden University
    Address: P.O. Box 9513, NL-2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
    Phone: +31 (0)71 527 8427
    FAX: +31 (0)71 527 57431
    Email: keller/at/strw.leidenuniv.nl

Prof. Dr. Robert J. Rutten
    Sterrekundig Instituut, Utrecht
    Institutt for Teoretisk Astrofysikk, Oslo
    Address: 't Oosteneind 9, 4158 CA Deil, The Netherlands
    Phone: +31 (0) 345 652101
    Email: R.J.Rutten/at/uu.nl