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     Date Submitted:14-12-2015
     Last Modified:02-02-2016 (07:30)
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     Current job:Instrument/Calibration Scientist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywordscalibration scientist, detectors, image processing, scripting, telescope, antenna, spectral imaging, astrophysics, project management, communication, ground segment, infrared, terahertz, microwave, international, IDL, Jython
    CV

    Summary:

    I have devoted the past decade to supporting and contributing to scientific research. This led me to work at world-class research institutes across Europe and the USA, where I collaborated with and learned from talented engineers and scientists. I have built up a solid expertise in various domains such as space missions, large infrastructures, exotic cryogenic detectors, scientific computing, project management, and community support.

    I am currently looking for exciting projects to join in the domain of Earth observations, remote sensing, or astrophysics.

     

    Experience:

    Project coordinator & microwave engineer at Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimétrique (2011 - present)

    IRAM operates two world-class astronomical facilities, the NOEMA interferometer in France, and the 30-meter telescope in Spain. The IRAM 30m telescope is by far the most sensitive and advanced single-dish radio telescope operating in the millimetre range. 

    I am responsible for the end-to-end management of science observing at the 30m telescope. This role is central to the operations of the Observatory. My main duties consist in: 
        • Coordinating the observing proposals submission and reviewing process (~300 yearly)
        • Scheduling of all scientific and technical projects
        • Maintaining the scheduling database and associated PHP scripts
        • Overseeing the development and deployment of the IRAM Proposal Management System
        • Acting as the main communication channel between the institute and the user community
        • Reporting on Observatory activities to the direction
        • Providing technical support for our suite of heterodyne and continuum instruments operating in the range 70 - 370 GHz
        • Acting as the local leader for the distributed European project RadioNet - Transnational Access
        • Training of visiting astronomers
        • Mentoring of Master and PhD students
        • Carrying out research on star formation processes through continuum and spectroscopic observations, data reduction and analysis.
     
    Experience acquired in project management, communication and astro-politics, database management, PHP, SVN, microwave instruments (radiometers and spectrometers), Kinetic Inductance Detectors.
     
     
    Instrument/Calibration Scientist at NASA Herschel Science Center (2008 - 2011)
    The Herschel Space Observatory was a cornerstone mission of the European Space Agency science program. NASA was deeply involved in the Herschel mission, and I joined the NASA Herschel Science Centre on the Caltech campus to support the north-american community and to contribute to ground-segment activities. 
     
    My main duties consisted in:
    • Acting as the local Herschel/PACS Photometer expert, based on my expertise of the PACS bolometers
    • Actively contributing to the ground and in-orbit calibration and commissioning of the PACS Photometer, including numerous visits to P.I. institutes in France, Germany and Spain.
    • Developing and validating data reduction pipeline modules (scripting in jython and IDL)
    • Validating science requirements (beam smearing, non-linearity, scanning strategy, etc.)
    • Acting as liaison scientist for US-led projects
    • Training north-american astronomers to optimise and prepare Herschel observations, and to reduce and analyse PACS data. I gave one-to-one training sessions, oral presentations for groups of 40+ astronomers, and I prepared on-line tutorials for the community.
    • Developing a research program on the theme of star formation based mostly on large Galactic surveys from space observatories (Spitzer and Herschel), which led to the publication of several peer-reviewed articles.
     
    Experience acquired in space missions, calibration, scripting, data processing, user support.
     
     
    Calibration Scientist - PhD student at CEA (2004 - 2007)
    The CEA-LETI developed an innovative process in the mid-90's to collectively manufacture filled bolometer arrays operating in the far-infrared regime (50 - 500 micron) at cryogenic temperatures (300 mK). These detectors would offer superior mapping speeds and sensitivities, and they were later selected to fly on-board the Herschel Space Observatory.
     
    The work of my PhD thesis consisted in:
    • Testing and characterising the bolometer arrays in the laboratory and clean room (1000+ hours)
    • Developing a dedicated calibration procedure and its data reduction/analysis package
    • Joining the Herschel--PACS Instrument Control Centre
    • Providing technical support for ground-segment activities, including the calibration and control of the PACS Photometer.
    • Presenting the latest achievements of our team at international conferences
     
    Experience acquired in bolometer arrays, cryogeny, IDL scripting, lab testing and characterisation, cold multiplexed readout electronics, AIV, instrument control.
     
     
    Research intern at ONERA (2004)
    ONERA is a leading institute in the domain of adaptive optics systems for astronomical telescopes. I briefly joined the Applied Optics Department to study the analytical properties of wave propagation through a highly turbulent atmosphere (anisoplanetism and scintillation), followed by numerical simulations to predict the performances of an AO system for military applications.
     
     
    Outreach worker at Palais de la Découverte, Paris (2004 - 2007)
    Monthly presentations on the theme of stellar evolution for the general public at the Astronomy department.
     
     
    Education:
     
    Doctor of Philosophy in Instrumentation for Astrophysics at the University of Paris - Sud (2004 - 2007)
    PhD Thesis: "Calibration of a novel type of bolometric detectors for the Herschel Space Observatory"
     
    Master by Research in Instrumentation for Astronomy at the University of Paris VI (2003 - 2004)
    Master thesis: "Analytical study of wavefront propagation through a turbulent atmosphere"
     
    Master of Physics at the University of Edinburgh (2000 - 2003)
    MPhys project: "Design, construction, and calibration of a 2-meter radiotelescope operating at 10 GHz for the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh"
     
     
    Languages:
     
    French: mother tongue
    English: fluent (level C1)
    Spanish: Intermediate (level B1)
     
     
     


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