CV: Scientist (astroparticle physics)



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 Date Submitted:17-06-2013
 Last Modified:17-06-2013 (12:18)
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 Current job:Scientist (astroparticle physics)
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Europe only
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
 Keywordssoftware development, data analysis, project management

12 years experience in international research on astroparticle physics

professional skills

scientific skills

  • gamma-ray astronomy: H.E.S.S. (High Energy Stereoscopic System, European project with telescopes in Namibia) and Fermi-LAT (NASA satellite)

  • participation in the preparatory phase of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA)

  • research topics: gamma-ray observations of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), Cosmic Ray acceleration in supernova remnants and super bubbles

  • processing and analysis of scientific data: event reconstruction and selection, generation of sky maps and energy spectra

  • modelling observational results with theoretic predictions (Chi2 and LogLikelihood fits)

  • astronaut selection program 2008: among 2% of selected candidates

informatics skills

  • programming: C/C++, python; participation in software development and evaluation (H.E.S.S.)

  • parallel computing: Intel threaded building blocks, OpenCL

  • data analysis package: ROOT

  • system administration: Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, Scientific Linux)

  • Computing Grid: VO manager for CTA; competent user ofgLite framework and Dirac

  • office: Open/LibreOffice, LaTeX

  • digital photography: competent user of raw images (Corel AfterShot, Adobe Lightroom, dcraw)

  • interested in the maximum use of free and open source software

  • CapGemini training “Application Development and Architectures in 2013”

project management

  • proposal of science topics, estimation of observation time, annual re-evaluation of project, e.g. LMC: 180h of observations obtained over 6 years

  • definition of research methods; evaluation and amelioration of data quality

  • group leader of data taking shifts: 3 persons for 4 weeks at remote site in Namibia, responsibility for technical installations and security

  • group management: 2 to 5 persons (scientists/students; scientists/engineers)

  • elected member of H.E.S.S. observation committee: organisation of observation time
    (1000h per year available for 200 scientists)

  • management of distributed computing resources (2000 logical CPUs, 300 TB disk space); definition of future needs

  • definition of functional specifications: simulation chain and ScienceGateway for CTA

communication skills

  • publications in international journals on astrophysics: 2 as author, 6 as co-author, 4 as internal referee, more than 100 with simple participation

  • annual international conferences and seminars, presentation of group achievements

  • scientific posters

teaching skills

  • lab classes in mathematics 1st year, IUT Annecy, for 2 years

  • lab classes in particle physics for master students, for 3 years

  • co-supervisor of a PhD thesis in particle physics

  • training of students in data analysis

language skills

  • German: mother's tongue

  • French: excellent, daily use in professional and personal context

  • English: excellent, regular use in professional and scientific context

  • Russian: school's knowledge

professional experience

2009 – 2013 scientist LAPP/CNRS, Annecy-le-Vieux

  • observation of the LMC with H.E.S.S.

  • distributed computing for CTA

2008 – 2009 engineer/scientist SPP/CEA, Centre de Saclay

  • supernova remnants and LMC with H.E.S.S.

2005 – 2007 scientist LPTA/CNRS, Montpellier

  • supernova remnants with H.E.S.S.

  • simulations for Fermi-LAT

2001 – 2005 scientist Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • supernova remnants with H.E.S.S.

  • installation of the central data acquisition system for H.E.S.S.


2005: PhD in physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

specialisation: experimental particle and astroparticle physics

2000 : diploma in physics (master's equivalent), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

specialisations: experimental particle physics, computational physics

selected publications

  • Discovery of gamma-ray emission from the extragalactic pulsar wind nebula N 157B with H.E.S.S.”, by the H.E.S.S. Collaboration, in Astronomy & Astrophysics 2012, Volume 545, L2, 5pp.

  • Search for Galactic Cosmic Ray Sources with H.E.S.S.” N. Komin, for the H.E.S.S. Collaboration, in “Particle Physics and Cosmology”, 23rd Rencontres de Blois, 2011

  • Detection of TeV gamma-ray emission from the shell-type supernova remnant RX J0852.0-4622 with HESS”, by the H.E.S.S. Collaboration, in Astronomy & Astrophysics 2005, Volume 437, L7, 4pp.

international conferences

2012: “The Cosmic Kaldeidoscope: Pulsars and their Nebulae, Supernova Remnants and more”, Kruger Park, South Africa

2011: “Rencontres Scientifiques de France Grille 2011” at EGI forum, Lyon, France

2011: 32nd “International Cosmic Ray Conference”, Beijing, China

2011: 23rd “Rencontres de Blois”, Château de Blois, France

2010: 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Bremen, Germany

2009: 31st “International Cosmic Ray Conference”, Łódz, Poland

2007: 30th “International Cosmic Ray Conference”, Merida, Mexico

2007: “The First GLAST Symposium”, Stanford, USA

2006: 4th “Workshop on Science with the New Generation of High-Energy Gamma-Ray Experiments”, Elba, Italy

2005: 29th “International Cosmic Ray Conference”, Pune, India

2004: 22nd “Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics”, Stanford, USA


  • 2nd prize of the French Grid Day (France Grille) 2011

  • grant of the committee for physics of the French Academy of Science to participate in the 32nd “International Cosmic Ray Conference” 2011

  • NASA Group Achievement Award 2008 and 2010, with the Fermi-LAT Team

  • Descartes research prize 2006, with the H.E.S.S. collaboration

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