My name is Juraj Szavits-Nossan (Pronounciation: Yu-rai s-AE-v-ih-ch Nos-san). I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Condensed Matter and Complex Systems at the University of Edinburgh, working on mathematical modelling of ribosomal translation in protein biosynthesis funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Previously I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate funded by the EPSRC Programme Grant Design Principles for New Soft Materials led by Prof Mike Cates (now Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge) and later by Prof Cait MacPhee.
Before I came to Scotland, I was a Research Assistant (2005-2011) funded by the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education and later briefly a postdoc for few months (2011-2012), both at the Institute of Physics in Zagreb, Croatia. I worked there on the theory of phase transitions in nonequilibrium systems and in particular on the question what determines their universality class, which was supervised by Dr Katarina Uzelac (now retired). If you are interested in my PhD thesis, a bilingual copy in English and Croatian can be downloaded here.
I obtained my undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Zagreb (1999-2005) in Croatia with the grade point average of 4.85 (on the scale of 5.0), specialising in theoretical physics. During my undergraduate studies I received the annual University of Zagreb Rector’s Award for best scientific work in Natural Sciences, as well as two fellowships for best students awarded by the City of Zagreb and the Ministry of Science and Education. My interest in physics dates back to my high-school days, when I took part in national and international competitions in mathematics and physics, most notable being the XXX International Physics Olympiad in Padova, Italy where I represented my native country Croatia.
Apart from my research, I also review papers for Physical Review E, Physical Review Letters, Journal of Physics A and others. You can check my review record at Publon webpage.
PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, 2011
University of Zagreb
Diplom in Theoretical Physics, 2005
University of Zagreb
My new paper with Luca Cinadrini (Université de Montpellier, France) and M. Carmen Romano (University of Aberdeen, UK) addresses a long-standing problem in nonequilibrium statistical physics, namely finding the steady state of the totally asymmetric simple exclusion process (TASEP) with non-uniform hopping rates. The TASEP is a driven lattice gas of particles moving unidirectionally along a one-dimensional lattice of $L$ sites, whereby each site can hold at most one particle. Particles can enter the lattice at the rate $\alpha$ and leave at the rate $\beta$ (see the schematic figure below).
My new paper with Martin R. Evans and Satya N. Majumdar on condensation phenomenon in random walks conditioned on large deviations of local time and area under the walk has been accepted for publication in the Emerging Talents Special Issue of J. Phys. A. In our work we consider the reflective (discrete-time and continuous-space) random walk described by the following recurrence equation $$x_t=\textrm{max}\{0,x_{t-1}+\eta_t\}$$ where $x_t$ is position of the random walker at time step $t$ and $\eta_t$, $t=1,2,\dots$ are independent and identically distributed random variables with a common probability density function $K(\eta_t)$.
When it comes to making presentations, I prefer a clean, minimalistic design. Generic Beamer themes used to be perfect for that purpose until I realised that everyone is using them.
Recently I discovered an elegant Beamer theme called Metropolis. The features I really like are transition slides with section titles and a progress bar.
The complete manual can be downloaded here.