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     Date Submitted:01-02-2013
     Last Modified:19-02-2013 (06:46)
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     Current job:Space systems engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Keywordsatomistic and multiscale modeling, space physics, space environment, aerospace materials, nano-electronics, semiconductors, energy storage, energy conversion, space systems engineering, scientific programming, data analysis, system design architecture, sy



    ·  System Engineering methodologies:

    -  Full Development Lifecycle

    -  Experience in writing Requirements (DOORS)

    -  Experience in Design Architecture, Dependability, Programming, VV&T

    -  Knowledge in Human Factors and Control Systems, Spacecraft Avionics

    -  Knowledge in Project Management, ECSS and ASTM standards

    -  Good communications skills, proactivity, client oriented approach

    ·  Domain Expertise:

    -  Space debris mitigation, space environment, space physics and technologies, satellite data – enrolled in a ITP project for CNES

    Materials science & nanotechnology (thin metal oxide films for nano-electronic devices, surface contamination, oxygen adsoption and oxidation on Si surfaces, solid hydrogen storage, nanostructured materials of multifunctional capabilities, metal alloys)

    -  Experimental technics used for thin film growth (CVD, ALCVD) and for structural and thermal characterization (XRD-crystallography, Rietveld refinement, thermogravimetric analysis)

    ·  Extended experience in scientific calculation and mathematical modeling:

    -  linear algebra and numerical methods for PDE (FFT, FEA, spectral, Green, Laplace, Monte-Carlo)

    -  analytical approaches (many-body, perturbations, fast multipole, moments)

    -  constrained optimization problems (continuous linear and non-linear programming, integer linear programming)

    -  data analysis, statistics, probability, reliability modeling (RAMS Engineering & Technics)

    -  multiscale modeling & simulation methods used in computational physics and chemistry (DFT, ab initio, semi-empirical, Molecular Dynamics and Kinetic Monte-Carlo, phase field and microelasticity theory)





    Gnu Linux, AIX, IRIX, HP-UX, Windows XP/7, MacOS X


    Cluster AMD, IBM-Power, SGI-Altix, IBM-LoadLeveler, OpenMP parametrization

    Programming Languages

    Expert in Fortran77/95 and Script shell, Python, R

    Development Tools

    MATLAB/Symulink, Eclipse/Photran, SAGE, make, cmake, LAPACK, ESSL, FFTW, FFTPack, NumPy / SciPy, HDF5, matplotlib

    Systems Modeling

    StarUML, TOPCASED-SysML, MDWorkbench, Rational DOORS, SADT, Objectiver, MS Visio

    Applications/Project Management

    Workbench, MS Office

    Atomistic Modeling & Simulation

    Turbomole, Gaussian, ADF, VASP, PHONON, MedeA, Materials Studio

    VMD, VESTA-CrystalMAP, gOpenMol, Molden




    French: bilingual      English: TOEIC score 750       Romanian: mother tongue



      Since 03/2011

    Independent systems engineer in novel complex hydrides for solid hydrogen storage

    Based on my previous work on ALHAMO project at “IFP Energies Nouvelles”, I continue investigating on the reversible recharge capabilities of the hydrogen inside different solid matrix forms in order to improve the engineered solutions for mobile applications.

    02/2010 - 03/2011

    Postdoctoral fellow, INP-ENSIACET Toulouse, CIRIMAT Laboratory

    Contract by RTRA-Sciences et Technologies pour l'Aéronautique et l'Espace

    Mathematical modelling and coding of a scientific software for the simulation of changes in microstructure of Fe-Cr-Ni-C stainless under accelerated aging conditions

    · EPD modelling of the Cahn-Hilliard spinodal decomposition in conditions of phase field enriched with microelastic terms

    · Design of the numerical solutions by a spectral methodology (FFT) coupled with perturbations via Green operators

    · Coding, parallelisation OpenMP

    · 2D simulations of the spinodal decomposition and comparison with published results 

    · Technical report, seminars

    01/2008 - 02/2009

    Postdoctoral fellow, “Institut des Nanosciences de Paris” (INSP-CNRS), Department “Structure, Dynamics and Reactions at Interfaces”, Paris, France

    Multi-scale atomistic simulations of metal oxides growth in the form of supported nanometric objects, project sustained by French National Research Agency

    · Implementation of a novel self-consistent semi-empirical algorithm of O(NlogN)computational complexity to perform electronic structural relaxations at scales raging from nanoscale to mesoscale with adjustable accuracy

    · OpenMP parallelization: obtained effective scalable performance on shared‑memory parallel AMD Barcelona computer (8 Procs/8GB/node)

    12/2006 - 02/2008

    Postdoctoral fellow, Institut Français du Pétrole Energies Nouvelles, Department “Thermodynamics and Molecular Modelling”, Paris - Rueil Malmaison, France

    Design of novel hydrogen-storage materials for mobile applications - ALHAMO project, French National Research Agency. Partners : CNRS laboratories ( ICMPE, LRCS, SCR) andPeugeot Citroën (PSA) motor company

    · First-principle simulations of the thermodynamic and kinetic properties and phase diagrams of complex ternary hydrides - expected to furnish rational guides in experimental synthesis of materials with high hydrogen weight capacities and reversible hydrogen absorption

    · Customer reporting

    · Peer-reviewed publication and poster presentation at ALHAMO 2008 general meeting

    2002 - 2006

    PhD, Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS-CNRS), Group of Nano Systems Assembling, Toulouse, France – HIKE EU project

    · Multi-scale Modelling and simulation of the Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) of high-k  (ZrO2, HfO2) and medium-k (Al2O3) oxide films ; collaboration with several leader groups in Europe (NMRC, Infineon, Motorola, UCL)

    · Assessment of the reaction mechanisms by performing accurate calculations of the transition states and reaction pathways

    · Mesoscale simulations of ALD films by a discrete event Kinetic Monte Carlo software

    · Publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals and oral communications at international congresses

    · Adviserof graduate students in computational modelling for MSc degree preparation

    1998 – 2000

    6x2 months

    Research Fellow, Laboratoire des Collisions Atomiques et Moléculaires (LCAM‑CNRS), Group of Dynamics of atom-cluster interactions, Orsay (France)

        · H-H-graphene interactions are studied for the first time in the framework of density functional theory. The potential energy hypersurfaces are used for the development of a molecular dynamics code for the theoretical investigation of the formation of molecular hydrogen in the vicinity of the interstellar carbon dust

    1997 – 2001

    Junior physicist, National Institute of Materials Physics, Laboratory of Advances Materials For Special Applications, Bucharest (Romania)

    Structural characterisation and thermogravimetric analysis of lab-preparedpiezoelectric ceramicsperovskite for microwave applications



    Grande écoIe ISAE (SUPAERO & ENSICA) – Toulouse (France)

    Advanced Master in Systems Engineering – in progress


    University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France)

    PhD in Computational Physics, Nano-materials - with Highest Honours


    University of Bucharest (Romania), Faculty of Physics

    Postgraduate degree in Elementary Particles Interactions - Internship at LCAM-CNRS, Orsay (France)

    Licence(Diploma) in Physics, specialty Atomic and Molecular Physics and Astrophysics



    Periods of training

    PATRAN/NASTRAN, course by GRETA, April-Mai 2012, Toulouse, France

    Gaussian'03 Workshop, April 2003, ULM, Germany

    Spring college on electronic structure approaches to the physics of materials, May 2000, Trieste, Italy



    AWARDS and Fellowships

    Nov 2012

     1er prix du Concours RobAFIS 2012 - CER Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Paris Nov 2012 - l’Association Française d’Ingénierie Système, l'ENSTA ParisTech et l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers ParisTech


    2x6 months

    Research grant “Physique-Chimie du Millieu Interstellaire” (CNRS-CEA-INSU),   French Ministry of Education

    September 2000

    Travel Award for participation and research presentation at X Workshop on Computational Materials Science, Cagliari, Italy, European Community

    May 2000

    Abdus Salam Fellowship of the International Centre for theoretical physics,Trieste, Italy

    Spring 1997

      TEMPUS scholarship for Msc year students, European Community




              Sylvain Michel, Engineer in Orbital Systems, CNES Toulouse, sylvain.michel(at)

              Georges Landa, Director of Research at LAAS-CNRS, georges.landa(at)

              Alain Estève, Researcher at LAAS-CNRS, alain.esteve(at)

             Stéphanie Lizy-Destrez, Enseignant – Chercheur at ISAE, stephanie.lizy-destrez(at)

             Jean-Charle Chaudemar, Head of Program SEN at ISAE, jean-charles.chaudemar(at)



    GO player affiliated to “Fédération Française de GO”, Seigen GO Club of Toulouse, 4 kyu rank


    PUBLICATIONS (overall citation rate 350)

             L. Jeloaica, J. Zhang, F. Cuevas, M. Latroche, P. Raybaud

    J. Phys. Chem. C, 2008, 112 (47), pp 18598–186 : “Thermodynamic properties of ternary LixNayK3-x-yAlH6 alanates: A combined DFT and experimental study”


    A. Dkhissi, A. Estve, C. Mastail, S. Olivier, G. Mazaleyrat, L. Jeloaica, Djafari Rouhani

    J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2008, 4, 1915–1927 : “Multiscale Modeling of the Atomic Layer Deposition of HfO2 Thin Film Grown on Silicon: How to Deal with a Kinetic Monte Carlo Procedure”


    A. Dkhissi, A. Esteve, M, Djafari-Rouhani, L.Jeloaica

    J. Phys. Chem. C.; (Article); 2008; 112(14); 5567-5572: “Understanding the Microscopic Structure of SAMs/SiO2 Interfaces in thePresence of Water Using First-Principles Modeling”


    V. Sidis, F. Aguillon, M. Sizun, N. Rougeau, D. Teillet-Billy, L. Jeloaica, S. Morriset and D. Bachellerie

    Molecules in Space and Laboratory, meeting held in Paris, France, May 14-18, 2007. Editors: J.L. Lemaire, F. Combes. Publisher: S. Diana., p.115 : “The Interaction of H atoms at graphite surfaces in relation with H2 formation in the interstellar medium”


    A. Dkhissi, A. Esteve, L. Jeloaica, MD. Rouhani, G. Landa

    CHEMICAL PHYSICS 323 (2-3): 179-184, APR 21 (2006) : “Substrate size effects in the modeling of molecular grafting: Case of organo-silane chains on silica”


    A. Dkhissi, A Estève, L. Jeloaica, D. Estève, and M. Djafari Rouhani

    JACSvol.127, no.27 (2005) 9776-9780 : “Self-Assembled Monolayers and pre-Organization of Organosilanes  Prior to Surface Grafting onto Silica: Quantum Mechanical Study”


    G. Mazaleyrat, A. Estève, L. Jeloaica, M. Djafari-Rouhani

    Computational Materials Science 33 (2005) 74-82 : “A methodology for the Kinetic Monte Carlo simulation of alumina atomic layer deposition onto silicon”


    L. Jeloaica, A. Estève, A. Dkhissi, D. Estève, M. Djafari Rouhani

    Computational Materials Science 33 (2005) 59-65 : « Three-step mechanism of the water recombination reactions on SiO2/Si surface in the first stage of ZrO2 Atomic Layer Deposition”


    A. Dkhissi, A. Estève, L. Jeloaica, D. Estève, M. Djafari Rouhani

    Chemical Physics Letters 400 (2004) 353-356 : “Grafting of chains organo-silane on silica surface: a quantum chemical investigation”


    L. Jeloaica, A. Estève, M. Djafari Rouhani, and D. Estève

    Applied Physics Letters vol.83, no.3 (21 Jul 2003) 542-544 : “Density functional theory study of HfCl4, ZrCl4, and Al(CH3)3 decomposition on hydroxylated SiO2: Initial stage of high-k atomic layer deposition”


    L. Jeloaica, V. Sidis

    DFT2001: 9thInt. Conf. on the Applications of the Density Functional Theory in Chemistry and Physics, SL de El Escorial, Madrid (2001), 201


    V. Sidis, L. Jeloaica, A.G. Borisov and S.A. Deutscher

    Molecular Hydrogen in Space, Cambridge Univ. Press (2000) 89-98 : “The interaction of H atoms with interstellar dust particles: Models”


    L. Jeloaica and V. Sidis

    Chemical Physics Letters 300 (1999) 157-162 : “DFT investigation of the adsorption of atomic hydrogen on a cluster-model graphite surface”



          L. Jeloaica

    Mécanismes coopératifs et d’auto-assemblage dans la croissance ALD des couches minces Al2O3, ZrO2 et HfO2 sur Silicium” -IPREM Pau, 15 Nov. 2011

    L. Jeloaica

       Self-assembling mechanisms of high-k oxides thin films on Sillicon”

    - The Materials Modelling Laboratory, Department of Materials, University of Oxford, 28 Sept. 2006

    - Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Gorlaeus Laboratories, Leiden University, 2 Oct. 2006

    - l'Institut de Recherche et Développement sur l'Energie Photovoltaïque CNRS-EDF Paris, 19 Oct. 2006

    L. Jeloaica

    “Atomic scale simulation of physicochemical processes in the earlier stage of ZrO2 et HfO2 atomic layer deposition” - Laboratorio Materials and Devices for Microelectronics (MDM-INFM) - 7 mars 2003, Milan, Italy

    L. Jeloaica

      “DFT multi-dimension potential energy surfaces of H-H-graphite interactions” - Laboratoire des Collisions Atomiques et Moléculaires, Université Paris-Sud XI, 26 May 2000, Orsay


    V. Sidis and L. Jeloaica

    « Détermination de l'interaction H-graphite en vue du traitement de la recombinaison de H2 dans le milieu interstellaire » – Conférence Invitée - Colloque Général du Programme National de Physique et Chimie du Milieu Interstellaire, Toulouse, 1998.



    L. Jeloaica

        JSNUM 2008, 5-6 Juin 2008, Paris

    “Mécanismes de nucléation et effets de coopérativité dans la croissance par ALD des oxydes à forte permittivité” - oral communication

    L. Jeloaica, J. Zhang, F. Cuevas, M. Latroche, P. Raybaud

    Séminaire ANR PAN-H, 29-30 November 2007, INP Grenoble

    “Stabilité d'hexa-alanates mixtes : modélisation moléculaire ab initio et expérience” – poster

    L. Jeloaica, A. Estève, A. Dkhissi, M. Djafari Rouhani


    “DFT study of ZrCl4, HfCl4 and TMA recombination at Si/Si(100)-2x1 surface” – poster   

    L. Jeloaica, A. Estève, G. Mazaleyrat, M. Djafari Rouhani

     SYMPOSIUM I: Functional metal oxides-semiconductor structures, E-MRS Spring Meeting 2003, June 10 - 13, 2003

    “Ligand-addition reaction mechanisms in ALD-growth of aluminum and transition metal oxides: Accurate DFT energy barriers” – oral communication

    L. Jeloaica et al.

    Section MOS avancés, Journées Nationales du GDR Nanoélectronique, 28-31 janvier 2003, Grenoble, France

    « Modélisation multi-échelle de la croissance des oxydes à forte permittivité » – oral communication

    L. Jeloaica


    “Hydrolysis reactions of ZrCl4 and TMA molecules embedded in Si/SiO2 thin-film structures - poster

    L. Jeloaica

     X Workshop on Computational Materials Science, Cagliari, 7-12 Sept. 2000

    “Semi-classical molecular dynamics of H atoms at the graphite surface“ – poster

    V. Sidis and L. Jeloaica

     INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE « H2 in Space », Paris, France, 28/09-01/10, 1999

    “The interaction of H atoms with interstellar dust grains: Models” - oral presentation

    V. Sidis and L. Jeloaica

     DFT'97, Vienna, sept. 1997

    “DFT Investigation of the adsorption of atomic H on a cluster-model graphite surface” – poster

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