Introduction to the story
I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I completed my PhD in 2012 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague. Since beginning of my doctoral studies (2008) I have been working at the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ASU). Today I am the head of the Stellar Physics Department of ASU.
I completed my bachelor and master studies in Belgrade, Serbia. Even though my plans were not to leave my country, due to the overall bad situation after the local war, I decided to look for a better environment where I could continue studying and doing science. Thanks to the scholarship I received from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic for a doctoral studies, I was given the opportunity to study theoretical physics and astrophysics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague. Since I had a supervisor from ASU who had a grant, I could be employed part-time at the Stellar Physics Department since the beginning of my doctoral studies. After finishing my studies, I continued to work full-time at the same department as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently as a researcher.
Since 2020 I am the head of the Stellar Physics Department of ASU. Working in the Czech Republic enabled me to collaborate with recognized experts in my field of research and to develop international cooperation. Already as a doctoral student, I spent a lot of time at the University of Potsdam in Germany, where I worked in a top team in my field. Since the Stellar Physics Department operates the largest optical instrument in the Czech Republic, the Perek 2-m telescope, I had an opportunity to learn how to perform observations and how to reduce and analyze observed data.
One of the best things which I like at my workplace is international working atmosphere. Mixture of Czech and foreign colleagues gives me an opportunity to use Czech and English for communication on a daily base. Working in the Czech Republic offers many opportunities for young and senior scientists to develop their carrier in a best possible way. One of the best things of living in the Czech Republic is the beauty of the land and nature. I am grateful that I can live and work in the Czech Republic.