Astrophysics Graduate Student and Research Assistant

Masaryk University

Biography

Gabriel Szász /saːs/ is an astrophysics graduate student and a research assistant at Masaryk University. His primary research interests include stellar astrophysics, data analysis and high-performance computing. He collaborates with the Vega Project research group at Red Hat on OpenShift-based HPC solution for fundamental science.

Interests

  • Instrumentation and Analysis
  • Galactic Open Clusters
  • Cataclysmic Variable Stars

Education

  • Master's Degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2005

    Comenius University in Bratislava

Skills

Stellar Astrophysics

80%

Python

100%

High-Performance Computing

60%

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant

Masaryk University

Sep 2019 – Present Brno, Czech Republic

Responsibilities include:

  • Data processing and analysis
  • Software development and maintenance
  • GNU/Linux system administration
  • LOC member of international scientific conferences
  • Teaching assistance
 
 
 
 
 

Quality Assurance Engineer

Red Hat, Inc.

Nov 2011 – Sep 2019 Brno, Czech Republic

Was part of RH CloudForms QE team, RH OpenStack Platform QE team, and RH CNV QE team.

Responsibilities included:

  • Testing
  • Test automation
  • Continuous integration testing
  • Bug reporting
  • Validating bug-fixes
 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant

Masaryk University

May 2007 – Oct 2011 Brno, Czech Republic

Responsibilities included:

  • Data processing and analysis
  • Software development and maintenance
  • GNU/Linux system administration
  • Relational database design and administration
  • Web design
  • LOC member of international scientific conferences
  • Teaching assistance
 
 
 
 
 

Conference Technician

Congress Business Travel Ltd.

Aug 2006 – Aug 2006 Prague, Czech Republic

Support Staff during the 26th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in 2006.

Responsibilities included:

  • Operating Audio & Video devices during talks
  • Microphone handling during discussions
  • Solving unexpected technical problems on site

Recent Posts

Getting the Meteor Terminology Right

Most people know that words are just labels and when it comes to communication. We shouldn’t insist on using the right words, while the context is self-evident to everybody. The problem arises when people swap similar words with entirely different meaning, like in the following examples. astronomy – astrology, physicist – physician, meteorology – metrology, scientometry – Scientology, psychologist – psychopath This can lead to confusion and chain of misunderstandings.
Getting the Meteor Terminology Right

Four Thousand Weeks

Our lifespan is about four thousand weeks long. Every single week we receive an opportunity to learn something new. It would be a foolish idea to waste it. Four thousand weeks… The voice of the endless fear inside us is crying out loud: “It cannot be!” The bare truth is that period of 4,000 weeks translates into 76.7 years - the average human lifespan. Maths was always reaching far beyond the dream bubbles of our own emotions, holding the key to the absolute truth.
Four Thousand Weeks

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