Education

2002-2006 PhD in Astrophysics University of Rome Tor Vergata / INAF- Astronomical Observatory of Rome

1998-2002 Bachelor and Master in Physics University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Research

CSIC Staff Scientist from 2016

Tenured research position at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) within the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE) in Barcelona, Spain.

Research Group Leader  2014 – 2018; NWO Vidi Award.

Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ramon y Cajal position 2009 – 2014

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas and Institut D’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

NWO Veni Award 2007- 2009

Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Research Visiting Fellowship 2006

University of Sydney, Australia

Postdoctoral Research Assistant 2005 – 2007

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research Utrecht, The Netherlands

Marie Curie Training Fellowship 2004 – 2005

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research Utrecht, The Netherlands

Supervising students/post-doctoral researchers

2020 – present: Supervision of the Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Rajath Sathyaprakash (ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona).

2020 – present: Supervision of the Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Stefano Ascenzi (ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona).

2020 – present: Supervision of the PhD student Abubakr Ibrahim  (ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona).

2020 – present: Supervision of the Senior Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Vanessa Graber (ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona).

2019 – present: Supervision of the Senior Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Daniele Viganó (ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona).

2019 – 2020: Supervision of the Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Albert García García (ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona).

2019 – present: Supervision of the Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Alice Borghese (ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona).

2019 – present: Supervision of the PhD student Michele Ronchi (ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona).

2019 – present: Supervision of the PhD student Clara Dehman (ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona).

2017 – present: Supervision of the Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Francesco Coti Zelati (ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona).

2016 – 2018: Supervision of the Senior Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Paolo Esposito (University of Amsterdam) .

2015 – 2018: Supervision of the Master student Stefanos Tsiopelas (University of Amsterdam).

2014 – 2017: Supervision of the Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Justin Elfritz (University of Amsterdam).

2014 – 2018: Supervision of the PhD thesis of Mrs. Alice Borghese (University of Amsterdam).

2014 – 2017: Co-supervision of the PhD thesis of Mr. Francesco Coti-Zelati (Universita’ dell’Insubria/INAF-OAB/University of Amsterdam).

2013 – 2014: Co-supervision of the Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Daniele Viganó (ICE-CSIC, IEEC).

2010 – 2014: Co-supervision of the PhD thesis of Mr. Jonatan Martin Rodriguez (ICE-CSIC, IEEC; Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona).

2014, Summer: Co-supervision of the Master thesis of Alice Borghese, from the University of Padua.

2012 – 2013: Co-supervision of the Master thesis of the Erasmus student Giacomo Terreran, from the University of Padua.

2011 – 2013: Supervision of the Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Ascension Camero-Arranz (ICE-CSIC, IEEC).

2011, Summer: Supervision of the high school student Miguel Otero for its summer-research experience.

2010 – 2011: Supervision of the Master thesis of Ms. Angela Talarn Zaragoza (I;CE-CSIC, IEEC Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona).

2008, Spring: Co-supervision of the PhD thesis of Mr. Federico Bernardini (University of Rome «Tor Vergata»/INAF-OAR) in a joint project between the University of Amsterdam and Astronomical Observatory of Rome.

2005, Spring: Co-supervision of the Master thesis of Ms. Elisa Nichelli in a joint project between SRON Netherlands Institute of Research and Astronomical Observatory of Rome.

Awards

2020 – Banco Sabadell Award for Science and Engineering – Fundacion Banco Sabadell

2019 – Young Female Scientist Award  – Real Academia de Ciencias de España y Mastercard

2018 – ERC Consolidator Grant  – European Research Council

2017 – National Catalan Award for Young Researchers  – Catalan Government

2015 – Young Scientist IUPAP Prize for Astrophysics for 2014 – International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

2014 – Zeldovich Medal – COSPAR and Russian Academy of Science, for valuable contribution in Astrophysics and Space Science research

2013 – NWO Vidi Award – Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research

2014 – Programa I3 Award granted by the Ministry of Education in Spain

2007 – NWO Veni Award – Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research

Member of international collaborations

Athena – ESA Science Study Team 

The Athena+ X-ray satellite has been recently proposed as a Large mission for the ESA 2028 launch schedule. I am part of the ESA Science Study Team of the Athena mission.

https://www.the-athena-x-ray-observatory.eu

ESA Astronomy Working Group 2018-2020

The Astronomy Working Group (AWG) provides scientific advice mainly to the Space Science Advisory Committee (SSAC). The AWG members are scientists from the ESA Member States with expertise in the specific disciplines covered by the AWG.

https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/awg

PHAROS Action Chair 2017-2021

PHAROS is an action funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), aimed at studying Neutron Stars from different physical perspectives.

http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA16214

Square Kilometer Array collaboration since 2017

Part of the Working Groups on Transients and Pulsars.

http://www.atnf.csiro.au/SKA/

ESA XMM-Newton User Group since 2015

The XMM-Newton Users’ Group advises ESA on all matters relating to the optimisation of the scientific output of the XMM-Newton mission.

http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_user_support/usersgroup/members/index.shtml/

GranTeCan Users Committee 2012 – 2014

The GTC Users Committee (GUC) is an advisory body to the GTC Director.

http://www.gtc.iac.es/en/pages/gtc/gtc-users-committee-guc.php

eXTP collaboration since 2011

The enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry mission is a Chinese/ESA mission in Phase B.

http://gri.rm.iasf.cnr.it/LOFToutreach/en.html

Fermi-LAT collaboration since 2008

Affiliated scientist of the NASA Fermi Large Area Gamma-ray Telescope collaboration (Fermi-LAT).

http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Best 6 refereed publications

1. Rea, N., Borghese A., Esposito P., et al. 2016, ApJ Letters 820, L13: `Magnetar-like activity from the Central Compact Object in the Supernova Remnant RCW103’ (NASA Press Release on September 6, 2016)

2. 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)

3. 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)

4. 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)

5. 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)

6. 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)

Teaching experience

Spring 2020: classes for the for the Master in Astrophysics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Spring 2019: classes for the for the Master in Astrophysics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Winter 2019: for the IPARCOS PhD School, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Spring 2018: classes for the Institute of Space Sciences PhD School, ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona

Spring 2017: classes for the Institute of Space Sciences PhD School, ICE-CSIC, IEEC, Barcelona

Spring 2016: classes for the Master in Astrophysics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Spring 2015: classes for the Master in Astrophysics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Autumn 2014: classes at the University of Amsterdam (course: Open problems in Astrophysics)

Spring 2013: classes for the Master in Photografic Techniques, Universitat Politecnica de Calalunya

Spring 2012: classes for the Master in Astrophysics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Spring 2011: classes for the Master in Astrophysics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Spring 2010: classes for the Master in Astrophysics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Fall 2008: Bachelor course: Astrophysics (Assistant), University of Amsterdam

Spring 2003: Assistant for Physics Laboratory 2, University of Rome «Tor Vergata»

Spring 2002: Assistant for Physics Laboratory 1, University of Rome «Tor Vergata»