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 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. In high school I participated in national and international competitions in mathematics and physics, most notable being the XXX International Physics Olympiad in Padova, Italy.
Apart from my research, I also review papers for Physical Review E, Physical Review Letters, Journal of Physics A, Scientific Reports and others. My review record is avaialalbe at Publon.
PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, 2011
University of Zagreb
Diplom in Theoretical Physics, 2005
University of Zagreb
This is a follow-up to my previous paper on the inhomogeneous exclusion process done in collaboration with M. Carmen Romano (University of Aberdeen, UK) and Luca Cinadrini (Université de Montpellier, France). In this paper we study the standard totally asymmetric simple exclusion process (TASEP) with open boundary conditions and site-dependent hopping rates $\omega_i$ in the bulk, which is depicted below. We consider a steady-state probability $P(C)$ to find the system in a configuration $C$ and develop a power series of $P(C)$ in the entrance rate $\alpha$: $$ P(C)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}c_n(C)\alpha^n $$ In particular, we show that $c_n(C)\neq 0$ if and only if $n\geq N(C)$, where $N(C)$ is the total number of particles in configuration $C$.
My paper with Luca Cinadrini (Université de Montpellier, France) and M. Carmen Romano (University of Aberdeen, UK) has been accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters. We will soon submit a longer, more detailed paper to Physical Review E.
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).