Workshops – 2021

Workshop leader – Dr. sc. Jelena Čulić-Viskota

Workshop leader - Dr. sc. Jelena...

Our third workshop leader is dr. sc. Jelena Čulić-Viskota  she received her PhD from the Caltech Institute in California, and today works at Intel Corporation in the United States. She will give a talk titled: ”Career in industry- key skills and mindset for success”. 

Dr. sc. Jelena Čulić-Viskota, PMP, is a Strategic Test Planner for Intel Corporation. She is responsible for determining the technical and economical feasibility of manufacturing of Intel’s client segment semiconductor packages and ensuring strategic technical capabilities development. After completing her high school education from MIOC, Split she moved to NYC to complete a Bachelor’s Chemical Engineering degree from NYU Poly. She holds a MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Caltech, Pasadena (California) in the area of synthesis and functionalization of nanoparticles for biological imaging implementation. Her professional career experience has all been minted at Intel Corporation, working in a variety of different roles- with a focus on thermal management, process development and program management of a number of backend test manufacturing processes in semiconductor development. Jelena holds a number of patents and publications (some that are only open to a subset of Intel Employees). Jelena is actively involved in Project Management (PMP) Certification training and believes that growth mindset is one’s road to success.


Edited: 2021-04-19 at 22:47

Workshop leader – Dr. sc. Paula Dobrinić

Workshop leader - Dr. sc. Paula Dobrinić

Our second workshop leader is dr. sc. Paula Dobrinić, currently a postdoc at the Univeristy of Oxford, who will give a talk titled: ”Careers Beyond Academia: Experience from the University of Oxford”. 

dr. sc. Paula Dobrinić earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in molecular biology from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. In 2016 she received her doctorate in biology from the same institution. As a part of her PhD research she developed a molecular tool for targeted DNA methylation based on the CRISPR/Cas9 system, which can be used to study mechanisms of mammalian gene expression regulation. Since 2017 she has been working as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Her research in the group of Prof. Rob Klose has been focusing on understanding the mechanisms of Polycomb-mediated gene regulation in mammals. She co-authored several research papers published in high-impact journals. Although she started her career as a lab-based scientist, she has gradually transitioned into computational genomics. Now she is looking to use that expertise in applied research outside of academia.


Edited: 2021-04-16 at 13:06

Workshop leader – Dr. sc. Dejan Vinković

Workshop leader - Dr. sc. Dejan Vinković

As part of the Symposium, a set of workshops for PhD students will be held on the topic of career development outside of science and employment opportunities after the doctorate. One of the workshop leaders is Dr. sc. Dejan Vinković, who will give a lecture titled: “Life is like a box of chocolates: from astrophysics to scientific entrepreneurship”.

Dr. sc. Dejan Vinković graduated in physics at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, after which he received his doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Kentucky. After his doctorate, he spent 4 years at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton as a freelance postdoctoral researcher. From the USA, he returned to Croatia as a lecturer at the Faculty of Science in Split, and started a non-profit institution, the Institute of Synergy of Science and Society, to which he later transferred his research work. As his interests spread more and more in the direction of entrepreneurship, he left the academic sector and is now the research director at Hipersfera company, and co-founder of Oraclum Intelligence Systems in the UK. His main scientific interest is the role of Cosmic dust, where he covers a wide range of topics, from the conditions in which planets form around young stars, dust formation from dying star gases to the interaction of dust and Earth’s atmosphere through the meteor phenomenon. However, his interests are also in the social sciences, biomechanics, and in general topics dealing with data analysis and modeling. In addition, he is actively involved in the education and promotion of science among children and youth. His mix of knowledge in astrophysics and data collection in astronomy is now the basis of his work on creating a remote sensing system using a drone for market purposes. Likewise, his accumulated knowledge from data handling and numerical modeling is now an advantage for him in working with clients in the business sector who need help in data collection and analysis.