Short CV/Education and training

  • 2004 – 2005
    Marie Curie Training Fellowship, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research Utrecht, The Netherlands; European fellowship for last year PhD students to carry on their thesis in any research institute in Europe.

  • 2005 – 2007
    Postdoctoral Research Assistant, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research Utrecht, The Netherlands; NWO postdoctoral position to conduct independent research using X-ray satellites partly developed at SRON.

  • 2006
    Research Visiting Fellowship, University of Sydney, Australia; Visiting position granted by the University of Sydney to young researchers aimed at strengthening international collaborations.

  • 2007 – 2009
    NWO Veni Award, Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands;The Veni Fellowship is granted yearly by the NWO (Netherlands Research Organization) to researchers in every research subject to conduct their own research in any academic research institute in the Netherlands.

  • since 2009
    Ramon y Cajal position ,Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Barcelona, Spain; The Ramon y Cajal program, named after the Nobel-prizewinning neuroscientist, is a 5-year tenure-track research position granted by the Ministry of Education in Spain.

  • since 2013
    Assistant Professor ,Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; I am currently an Universitair Docent at the University of Amsterdam as an NWO Vidi Laureate.

Selected publications

  • Rea N., Esposito P., Pons, J. A.. et al. 2013, ApJ Letters 775, L34: `A strongly magnetized pulsar within the grasp of the Milky Way's supermassive black hole' (CSIC Press Release on November 4, 2013)

  • Pons J. A., Vigano, D. & Rea N., 2013, Nature Physics 9, 431: `A highly resistive layer within the crust of X-ray pulsars limits their spin periods ' (CSIC Press Release on June 10, 2013)

  • Rea N., Pons J. A., Torres D. F., & Turolla R. 2012, ApJ Letters 748, L12: `The Fundamental plane for radio magnetars' (Editors' Choice article in Science on March 16, 2012)

  • Rea N., Esposito P., Turolla R. et al. 2010, Science 330, 944: `A low-magnetic field Soft Gamma Repeater' (ESA and NASA Press Releases on October 10, 2010)

  • Rea N., Zane S., Turolla R., Lyutikov M. & Gotz D. 2008, ApJ 686, 1245: 'Resonant cyclotron scattering in magnetars' emission' (ESA Press Release on November 14, 2008)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • ATHENA+ collaboration since 2013

  • GranTeCan Users Committee 2012 – 2014

  • NewCOMPSTAR Steering Committee since 2013

  • LOFT collaboration since 2011

  • Fermi-LAT collaboration since 2008


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