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     Date Submitted:03-11-2014
     Last Modified:03-11-2014 (07:22)
    Job information
     Current job:Managing Director
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsManagement, team building, QA/PA, Internal&external geophysics, aeronomy,exobiology


    • Management (strategic planning, budget, quality control, resources mobilization, team building)
    • Communication and collaboration with industry and Space Agencies
    • Development, implementation and monitoring of scientific and operational projects
    • Implementation of scientific mission center (tender, selection, implementation and management)
    • Scientific expertise in the fields of internal and external Geophysics, Aeronomy, Planetology and Exobiology
    • Numerical modeling
    • Writing scientific articles, reports and technical notes
    • Communication and work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams


    French : Fluent (mother tongue)
    English: Fluent (firdt foreign language at work)
    Dutch: fair (good comprehension)


    1990 -1995 PhD Thesis
    Aeronomy of the lower and middle atmosphere of Mars:
    Development of a two-dimensional model of the Martian atmosphere treating interactively dynamical chemical and radiative processes.
    • Free University of Brussels
    • Belgian Insitute for Space Aeronomy
    • National Center for Atmospheric Research (Colorado)
    • Daniel Demaiffe: Geology Department of the ULB
    • Guy Brasseur: NCAR, Boulder, Colorado
    Obtained in June 1995

    Annex thesis:
    The analysis of the infrared data (0.76 to 3.15 microns) from ISM imaging spectrometer on the Phobos 2 probe can be used to decide between the wind, volcanic, sedimentary and hydrothermal deposits and the Amazonian Hespériens component inside the Mariner Valley on Mars.

    1985 – 1987 Master’s degree
    University: Free University of Brussels
    Master Thesis:
    The annular massives of Jabal al Uweynat and Jabal Arkenu, cartographic, petrological and mineralogical studies.
    Comparative study of hydrothermal alteration models of basic mantel-derived magma during final crystallization
    Jean Klerkx, Department of Geology, Royal Museum for Central Africa

    1983-1985 Bachelor’s degree in Geological and Mineralogical Sciences
    University: Free University of Brussels

    Work experience

    January 2006 – present Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy

    Managing Director of the Belgian User Support and Operations Centre
    The B.USOC ( is an operational services center of the Belgian Federal Science Policy (BELSPO). The mission of the centre includes the following features:
    • To provide technical and operational assistance in the preparation, implementation and operation of space scientific experiments planed by Belgian academic or scientific institutions or by institutes or Belgian research centers;
    • To provide the operational support in the context of space missions involving these same institutions.

    This function includes the following aspects:
    • The implementation of the annual actions plan;
    • The management and distribution of tasks assigned to staff activities;
    • Coordination with people or organizations involved in the preparation and / or completion of an experiment or a mission in which B.USOC is involved.
    • The prioritization of tasks related to a project or program;
    • managing budgetary aspects and follow-up of contractual aspects related to the BUSOC activities and projects;
    • monitoring of the B.USOC industrial contracts and subcontracts
    • Supervising the public procurement procedures, with the possibility of delegation;
    • Prepare the planning of B.USOC activities and projects for the short and medium term;
    • Recurrent information to the Steering Committee B.USOC.

    January 2001 to January 2006 Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy

    Daily coordinator (a.i.) of the Belgian User Support and Operations Centre: responsible for Space science, operations and Telescience

    This function includes the following aspects:
    • The implementation of B.USOC as part of the preparation of the "Belgian Taxi Flight" and the Belgian support to the ESA ISS Colombus programme
    • The daily management of BUSOC (financial, accounting and human resources)
    • Coordination of the support of all operations for the remote control experiments in space, support for mission preparation, archiving and dissemination of data relating thereto as well as tests of the necessary teleoperations infrastructures, including installation mission centers.
    • Coordination of communications needs for teleoperations within Belgium and toward international space agencies and other countries.
    • Development of communication networks, selection of connection type, hardware and software installed for this purpose
    • Support to SOLAR (Solar Monitoring Observatory) and implementation of the Facility Responsible Centre (FRC) for this project. Support to the experiments installed on the external ISS pallets (solar project experiences: SOVIM , SOLSPEC, SOL-ACES)

    September 1989 to January 2001 Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy

    Assistant. Responsible for the theoretical study of the Martian Atmosphere in the framework of the ESA SPICAM project.

    From 1 September 1989 to 31 December 1998:
    Program manager: Theoretical research on the atmosphere of Mars subsidized by the Fund of Fundamental Scientific Research and Collective Ministerial Initiative (FRFSC-IM).
    From 1 July 1993 to 21 July 1993:
    Visiting scientist at NCAR, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
    February 23, 1991 to May 25, 1991:
    Visiting scientist at LASP (Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics) from the University of Colorado (USA)
    From 1 September 1989 to 15 January 1990:
    Assistant LASP (Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics) from the University of Colorado (USA)

    August 1988 to September 1989: University of Colorado
    Assistant Paid on a budget for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and performed in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Physics and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder

    Visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR),Boulder, Colorado, USA.

    January 1988 to August 1988 Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy

    November 1987 to January 1988 Royal Museum for Central Africa


    Scientific projects
    1990 – 1994 Project PI “Recherche Théorique sur l’atmosphère de Mars”, FRFSC-Initiative Ministérielle

    1994 – 1998 Project PI “Recherche Théorique sur l’atmosphère de Mars”, FRFSC-Initiative Ministérielle

    2005 – 2006 Project PI for the implementation of a virtual federal research network in exobiology (COEX)

    • Co-I of UV-VIS spectrometer for EXOMARS de l’ESA
    • Co-I of SPICAM Light for Mars-Express
    • Co-I « Tournesol » project between Belgian French Community and Observatoire de Paris-Meudon
    • Co-I of the proposal to observe Martian dust storms With ISO (ESA)
    • Co-I / Belgian Coordinator for the IR proposal of OSIRIS experiment for ROSETTA:Not selected by ESA
    • Co-I of the Belgian-French-Russian mission in February 1995 to 6 m telescope Zelenchuk in the Caucasus in order to obtain infrared spectra of Mars to confirm the presence of organic molecules in the atmosphere
    • Co-I of the Belgian-French-Russian mission in July 1994 to 6 m telescope Zelenchuk in the Caucasus in order to observe the effects of the impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy on the structure of the Jovian atmosphere
    • Co-I of the mission Belgian-French-Russian April 1994 to 6 m telescope Zelenchuk in the Caucasus in order to observe Mars, Jupiter and other planets sources
    • Co-I of the Belgian-French-Russian mission in February 1993 to 6 m telescope Zelenchuk in the Caucasus in order to observe Mars, Jupiter and other planets sources
    • Co-I UV-visible and infrared SPICAM spectrometers, lost with the Russian MARS-96 probe

    Operational and scientific services projects

    (C : Coordinateur ; PL : Project leader)

    C1 2001 – today BUSOC implementation
    C2 2006 – today CMS-PICARD implementation and management
    C3 2008 – today Management of ESA SOLAR FRC / COLOMBU
    C4 2011 – today ESA/ISS/METERON – Robotique/communication DTN
    C5 2014 – today Implementation du ESA/FRC/Fluid Science rack inside Colombus

    PL1 2002 ESA/ISS/Odissea – Belgian taxi flight – 23 scientific experiments
    PL2 2003 ESA/ISS/CERVANTES/PROMISS 2 – Proteins crystallization
    PL3 2004 ESA/ISS/PROMISS 3 ESA Operations Center
    PL4 2006 ESA/ISS/PROMISS 4 Proteins cristallization
    PL5 2007 – 2011 EU/ FP7 ULISSE (USOCs KnowLedge Integration and
    Dissemination for Space Science and Exploration)
    PL6 2008 – 2009 ESA/ISS/EDR/PCDF Proteins crystallization
    PL7 2009 ESA/ISS/LESS II&III outreach experiments
    PL8 2009 – 2013 EU/FP7/CUBIST : « business intelligence project »
    PL9 2011 – today EU/FP7/ASTROMAP Roadmap in astrobiology
    PL10 2011 – today Implémentation ESA/ISS/ASIM Space weather experiment
    PL11 2011 – today EU/FP7/ ASTROMAP
    PL12 2012 – 01/2014 Implémentation ESA/ISS/ZSCDF
    PL13 2012 – 01/2014 Implémentation ESA/ISS/VIP-GRAN
    PL14 2012 – today Implémentation ESA/ISS/KUPs
    PL15 2012 – 01/2014 Implémentation ESA/ISS/SCDF
    PL16 2012 – 01/2014 Implémentation ESA/ISS/Transparent Alloys
    PL17 2012 – today EU/FP7/PERICLES « knowledge management »
    PL18 2012 – today ESA/PROBAV/EPT space weather experiment on Proba 3


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