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     Date Submitted:01-12-2016
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     Current job:Instrument Scientist Team lead
     Employment Term:Permanent
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     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsScience payload operation calibration Science software validation Commissioning
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    Instrument scientist team lead with 15 years of experience in the calibration     and operation of ground-based and space-borne experiments

     


    EDUCATION


    October 2002: PhD Thesis in Astrophysics and Space Techniques at the Applied Physics Department of Paris VI University (France). Supervisor Dr. M. Pérault.

    September 1997: Aerospace engineering at ENSAE (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace), Toulouse (France).

     


    CAREER HISTORY


    July 2015 – Present: Team lead for the Herschel Instrument Calibration Scientist Team at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC, Spain). Co-ordinating and supervising the work of a team of instrument experts on-site and off-site for the Post-Operation Phase of the Herschel mission. Provision of legacy products and legacy calibration to the end Users, together with the generation of high quality documentation in support of the archival phase.

    July 2005 – July 2015: HIFI Instrument and Calibration Scientist at ESAC. Provision of expertise in the design, calibration and operation of the Herschel/HIFI instrument, including the management of several test campaigns during the pre-launch activities (AIV-ILT, AIV-IST, TV/TB) and of the HIFI instrument in-flight Commissioning, development of the HIFI uplink code and the Flight Control Procedures (ESA SCOS2000), development and validation of data processing software for scientific and engineering data analysis, system engineering and interfacing between the MOC and the HIFI instrument team, scientific community support, and software quality assessment (configuration control boards).

    November 2004 – June 2005: Postdoctoral position at the Department of Molecular and Infrared Astrophysics (DAMIR) of the Spanish Council for Research (CSIC) under the supervision of Pr. Dr. J. Cernicharo. Preparation of science key projects for the Herschel mission in the field of Star Formation and Evolved Star Chemistry. Part-time resident instrument scientist at SRON-Groningen to support AIV and calibration activities of the Herschel/HIFI instrument.

    November 2002 – October 2004: ESA postdoctoral fellowship at the SRON-Groningen as HIFI calibration scientist and test engineer under the supervision of Dr. P. Roelfsema. Work dedicated to the calibration and ground-based tests of the Development and Qualification models of the HIFI instrument. Design, assembly and operation of laboratory test equipments (black bodies, gascell).

    October 1999 – October 2002: PhD Thesis at Laboratoire de Radio Astronomie-ENS and Observatoire de Paris. Supervisor Dr. M. Pérault.

    Preparation of the pre-launch and in-orbit calibration plan of the HIFI instrument, development of a laboratory gas-cell for the Herschel/HIFI AIV activities, science research activities in the fields of star formation and evolved star chemistry. PhD manuscript available

    October 1997 – September 1999: Astronomer on duty at the IRAM 30-m radio-telescope, Granada (Spain). Beside the regular assistance to visiting astronomers, work on observing mode optimisation and antenna thermal control. Author of the web-based IRAM 30-m Time Estimator tool.

    April 1997 – August 1997: Traineeship at ESTEC (The Netherlands), Mathematical Studies section. Title: Optimisation of Deep Space Manoeuvre in a trajectory between two swing-bys. Application to Rosetta. Supervisor G. Dutruel-Lecohier.

     


    MANAGEMENT AND TEACHING SKILLS


    Team lead for the Herschel Instrument and Calibration Scientist group

    Manager for the In-flight commissioning of the HIFI instrument, and deputy manager for its pre-launch TV/TB campaign (team of ~20 engineers and scientists)

    PhD student co-supervision (details available on request)

    Coordinator and teacher for modules at various summer schools in the fields of instrument calibration and Herschel data exploitation

     


    COMPUTING SKILLS


    Operating systems: Mac OS, Linux/Unix, Windows

    Programming languages: Fortran, C, Jython, Python, CUS (ESA Common Uplink System)

    Software packages: IDL, HIPE (Herschel software suite), GILDAS, SCOS2000

     


    LANGUAGES SKILLS


    French (mother tongue), English, Spanish: fluent

    Dutch, German: good level

     


    PUBLICATION LIST


    Author and co-author of 168 publications and conference proceedings in the field of astrophysics and space engineering, out of which 25 are published as first author and about 85 as articles in peer-reviewed journals. The following list highlights some of the most relevant ones in chronological order.  The complete list can be provided on request.


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