Name: Robert Vácha

email: robert.vacha at mail.muni.cz

address: Faculty of Science & CEITEC,
A4 Kamenice 753/5,
Masaryk University,
Brno 625 00,
Czech Republic

Education:

09/05 - 06/09 Ph.D. at Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic,
Specialization: Simulation of chemical properties of nano- a biostructures;
Thesis under supervision of Pavel Jungwirth: Molecular simulations of surfaces of aqueous solutions
09/07 - 06/09International Max Planck Research School for "Dynamical Processes in Atoms, Molecules and Solids" in Dresden, Germany
09/99 - 05/05 Ms. at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic,
Specialization: Physics - Biophysics and Chemical Physics; all exams passed with grade A - graduated with honor
Thesis under supervision of Pavel Jungwirth: Molecular simulation of molecular and ion interactions at the air/water interface
09/95 - 05/99 High school Gymnázium Jihlava – graduated with honor

Research experience:

04/16 – Associtate professor at CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology) and Faculty of Science at Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic)
10/11 – 04/16 Researcher/Assistent professor in group of Jaroslav Koča, and Faculty of Science at Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic): Simulation of membrane interactions with particles of various size
08/11 – 10/11 Postdoctoral Research Associate in group of Mikael Lund, Department of Chemistry, Lund University (Sweden):
Coarse grained models of amyloids, Dynamic Monte Carlo (DMC) technique
08/09 – 07/11 Postdoctoral Research Associate in group of Daan Frenkel, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (UK):
Coarse grained modelling of phospholipid membranes and proteins, Molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) techniques
02/04 - 09/09 Research assistant in group of Pavel Jungwirth at Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic:
Hosting institute for my Ph.D. study: Atomistic simulations of molecules and ions at water interfaces
11/08 - 12/08 Fellowship in group of Nobuyuki Matubayasi at Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University in Japan:
Investigation and application of novel free energy calculations
09/07 - 09/07 Short fellowship in group of Max Berkowitz at University of North Carolina, USA: Ions behaviour at water/phospholipid membranes interface
07/06 - 08/06 Fellowship in group of Rainer Böckmann at University of Saarland, Germany: Development of new all atom classical and polarizable forcefield for lipids
05/03 - 12/03 Research assistant in group of Pavel Jungwirth at Institute of Physical Chemistry J. Heyrovský, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic:
Molecular dynamics of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at air/water interface
01/02 - 06/02 Student project in JRM Laboratory at Kansas State University, USA:
Fragmentation of diatomic molecules following multiple capture of a slow highly charged ion
11/00 - 06/01 Student research project at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University, Prague - Division of Quantum Optics & Optoelectronics: Temperature dependence of absorption spectra in semiconductor nanocrystals CdS and CdSe

Awards:

2013 International travel award from Biophysical Society
2010 - 2011 Junior Research Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge
Higly competitive and prestigious research fellowship
2010 Bolzano prize in natural sciences - Charles University in Prague
The two best Ph.D. thesis in natural sciences at Charles University per years
1999 - 2004 Scholarship for 50 best students in year (about 10% of all students)

Grants:

2014 - 2016 Czech Science Foundation grant (GACR) - 3 years grant to study self-assembly of patchy spherocylinders (160 000 EUR)
2008 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) - grant for two-month fellowship at Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Japan.
Investigation and application of novel free energy calculations
2008 Grant Agency of Charles University GAUK – 1 year grant, Czech Republic
Creation on investigation of mixed phospholipid membrane with atomistic resolution by means of computer simulations (4 600 EUR)

Teaching:

2013 - Course "Physics of biopolymers", Masaryk Univerzity, Brno
2013 - Course "Interactions of proteins and membranes - introduction to soft matter" at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague
2011 - Course "Introduction to soft matter models of membranes and proteins", Masaryk University, Brno
2010 - 2011 Supervisions of Thermodynamics and Kinetics at Churchill College, Cambridge (3 small groups of three 1st year students)
2010 - 2011 Mentoring 5 students (2 Ph.D. and 3 MSc.)
2009 - 2010 Supervisions of Statistical Mechanics at Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge (small group teaching of three 3rd year students)
2007 - 2008 Assisting teacher at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague - Classical molecular dynamics (12 students of 4th year)
2006 - 2007 Assisting teacher at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague - Classical and quantum molecular dynamics (10 students of 4th year)

Invited lectures:

2015 Organizing Molecular Matter - A soft Matter Symposium, Lund, Sweden
2015 CEITEC/ICRC Annual Conference, Brno
2013 TAPPO workshop, Levi, Finlad
2012 CECAM workshop - Design of Self-assembling Materials, Vienna, Austria
2012 Telluride Science Research Center - Protein and Peptide Interactions in Cellular Environments, Telluride, CO, USA
2010 Hofmesiter fest – Conference about Hofmeister series and ion specificity, Prague
2011 ACS national meeting, Denver, USA