Marek Chrastina


Updated: 30.XI.2020


Curriculum vitae

Personal data:

  • Name:  Marek Chrastina
  • E-mail:
  • Date of birth:  February 2, 1982
  • Marital status:  single, no children
  • Nationality:  Slovak

Education and Qualifications:

  • 2013: Ph.D. in theoretical physics and astrophysics
    • Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Brno
  • 2005: Mgr., master of science in physics
    • Comenius University, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Bratislava
  • 2000: grammar school, school-leaving exam
    • Gymnázium M. R. Štefánika, Nové Mesto nad Váhom
  • 1999: dance course
    • Tanečná škola, Nové Mesto nad Váhom
  • 1997: elementary art school; playing the violin
    • ZUŠ, Stará Turá
  • 1996: elementary school
    • 2.ZŠ, Stará Turá
  • Driving licence: B

Work experiences:

  • 2017-present: HPC System Specialist
    • IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava
    • operations and maintenance of High Power Computing Cluster (HPC)
    • server administration, installation and configuration, massive parallel management orchestrators like puppet/clush/spacewalk, building github docker images, gitlab CI/CD integrations
    • www/sql servers, email services, virtualization, storages, monitoring systems
    • software development, scripting and automatization, information system/api development
    • L1/L2 technical support, solving of sw/hw incidents, technical writing
  • 2014-2017: Linux administrator and programmer
    • HOSTING90 systems s.r.o., Praha
    • server administration, installation and configuration and data backups
    • solving of sw/hw incidents, technical support for customers, technical writing
    • www/sql servers, email services, virtualization, storages, monitoring systems
    • software development, scripting and automatization
    • supervision 24/7
  • 2006-2014: Research Specialist
    • Department of Theoretical Physics & Astrophysics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno
    • variable stars research, CCD photometry: instruments, observation
    • data processing and analysis, statistical methods, modelling
    • electronic archiving of scientific big data, databases, data conversions, data backup/NAS administration, data mining, FITS format, writing documentation
    • desktop and server administration, software coding and problem solving, technical and it support
    • teaching: astrophysics, higher mathematics, application of statistical methods
  • 2009-2012: Project Administrator
    • Rector's Office, Masaryk University, Brno
    • technical support, it support, sw coding, webmastering, statistical data processing
  • 2009-2010, 2013-2014: Observer
    • The Nicholas Copernicus Observatory and Planetarium, Brno
    • variable stars research, CCD photometry: instruments, observation, data processing
  • 2003-2005: Observer
    • Hlohovec Observatory and Planetarium, Hlohovec
    • variable stars research, CCD photometry: instruments, observation, data processing, scientific data archiving
    • live public demonstrations for visitors

Language skills

  • Slovak (mother tongue)
  • Czech (fluent)
  • English (intermediate)
  • German (basic)

Computer skills

  • OS Linux, distributions CentOS, Debian/Ubuntu
  • virtualization, clusters, clouds, containers, administration and system configuration
  • web/database servers, web applications, email services, data storages, monitoring systems, software configuration management tools, massive parallel management orchestrators, version control systems
  • kvm/qemu, libvirt, vmware, docker, virtualbox, md raid, lvm, collectd, ssh, clush, pbs, naemon, icinga, gammu, nginx, apache, mysql/mariadb, exim, postfix, git, gitlab, github, puppet, tgtd, nfs etc.
  • Python, Bash, C, Pascal, Assembler, Lisp
  • HTML/CSS, JavaScript, php, sql, Ruby on Rails, Haml, MySQL
  • TeX/LaTeX, Gnuplot, FFmpeg
  • MS Windows, Mac OS X

Music skills

  • the 5 string violin player
  • music arranger


  • 2007-present: member of Czech Astronomical Society
  • 1999-present: member of Little Chamber Orchestra at MsKS in Nové Mesto nad Váhom (2001-2014 in position of the concert master)
  • 2007-2014: member of Slovak Teacher's Chamber Orchestra
  • 2009-2011: member of Academic Senate of Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno
  • 1998-2002: member of Slovak Union of Amateur Astronomers
  • 1992-1994: member of folklore group Javorinka
  • member of Slovak Ice Hockey Club