Curriculum Vitae


Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille
2013 - present
Full time researcher (permanent position)
European Southern Observatory, Chile
Operation Staff Astronomer
VLT/SPHERE co-instrument scientist
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, France
2012 - 2013
Postdoc in the planetary system group (GSP), working with Claire Moutou
University of Exeter, United-Kingdom
2010 - 2012
Associate Research Fellow, working with Jenny Patience
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, France
Research engineer in the instrumentation R&D group (GRD)


Institut d'Optique Graduate School, Orsay, France
2003 - 2006
Graduated with honours
Specialty: optical design and signal processing

Awards and Distinctions

2021 CNRS Bronze Medal (national award): CNRS annoucement, local announcement
2016 CNRS prize for scientific excellence
2015 Research grant from the City of Marseille
2012 Invited researcher position at CRAL (Lyon, France) for one month
2006 Graduated with honours from Université Jean Monnet (St Etienne, France)


2020, 2021 PI - CNRS/INSU/CSAA - 55 k€
Funding hardware for HiRISE at the VLT
2016 PI - ERC - 1.5 M€
Project HiRISE to couple high-contrast imaging with high-resolution spectroscopy at the Very Large Telescope
2014 Co-I - CNES - 56 k€
Validation and chracterization of CoRoT and Kepler/K2 exoplanet candidates with VLT/SPHERE. 2 years postdoc funding for Roxanne Ligi.
2014 PI - Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azure - 60 k€
Analyse de Surface d’Onde à haute performance pour la Recherche et la caractérisation de planètes EXtra-solaires (ASOREX)
2013PI - Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille - 10 k€
Design and manufacturing of a stop-less Lyot coronagraph.
2010-present Co-I - French "national programs" (ASHRA, PNP) - several k€/year

Projects appointments

2019-present Co-I of the SPHERE+ upgrade project
2017-present Associate member in the WFIRST/CGI Science Working Group
2017-present PI of ERC project HiRISE
2016-present Member of the E-ELT/HARMONI science team
2015 Co-instrument scientist of SPHERE at ESO
2015 Member of the SPHERE instrument operation team
2014-present Co-I of the SHINE large observing program with SPHERE
2013-present Main coordinator of the SHINE workpackage on exoplanet characterization
2012-present Co-instrument scientist of the SPHERE/IRDIS instrument
2009-2014 Co-I of the NaCo-LP large observing program
2006-2009 Responsible of the laboratory and on-sky testing of the ZEUS sensor in the Active Phasing Experiment

Scientific and Administrative Responsabilities

Councils, committees and expertise groups
2019-present Member CNAP national recruitment committee. Rank B assessor of the committee
2017-2018 Member of the ESO Observing Programmes Committee (OPC)
2015 ESO SPHERE proposals reviewer and technical feasability
Regular Referee for astrophysics and optics journals
Regular Member of PhD committees (J. Lannier, F. Cantalloube, P. Janin-Potiron)
Confidential Expert for the European Commission (H2020 programs)
Confidential Reviewer for the Chilean national fund for scientific & technological development (CONICYT/FONDECYT)
Confidential Reviewer for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Confidential Reviewer for the Mexican Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CANACYT)
Confidential Reviewer for the Domaine d’Intérêt Majeur ACAV (DIM ACAV)
Local involvement
2018-present Member of the laboratory council at LAM (CL)
2018-present Member of the instrumentation stearing committee at LAM (CPI)
2017-present Member of the ERC coaching group at Aix-Marseille University (CERCle)
2013-2014 Co-representative of the exoplanet group at the LAM scientific council
2007-2009 Student representative at the LAM and OAMP scientific councils
Conference and seminars organisation
2019 SOC member for the workshop AO4ASTRO (~60 participants)
2015 SOC member for the conference OHP 2015: Twenty years of giant exoplanets (~100 participants)
2015 SOC member for the Journées Scientifique de l'ONERA (~50 participants)
2013 LOC member for the workshop Exoplanet validation (~50 participants)
2012-2013 Co-organisation of the seminars at LAM
2011-2012 Co-organisation of the astrophysics seminars at the university of Exeter

Teaching and Supervision

PhD students
2020-present Chen Xie. Co-supervision (50%) with E. Choquet (LAM)
Provisional title: SPHERE archival data analysis for ground-based reference differential imaging
2019-present Mona El Morsy. Full supervision (100%)
Provisional title: Prototype instrument for the direct characterization of young giant exoplanets
2018-present Mathis Houllé. Co-supervision (70%) with P. Figueira (ESO)
Provisional title: Combining high-contrast imaging and high-spectral resolution techniques
2016-present Anne-Laure Cheffot. Co-supervision (30%) with S. Lévêque (ESO) and E. Hugot (LAM)
Title: Co-phasing measurement for segmented mirrors
2012-2015 Alice Zurlo. Co-supervision (30%) with C. Moutou (LAM) and R. Gratton (INAF/OAPD)
Title: Characterization of exoplanetary systems with the direct imaging technique: towards the first results of SPHERE at the VLT
2018-present Gilles Otten. Postdoc ERC
Performance simulation for the SPHERE/CRIRES+ coupling and support in the development of the prototype for SPHERE
2015-2017 Roxanne Ligi. Postdoc CNES
Combining Kepler and SPHERE for the detection and characterization of exoplanetary systems
2014-2015 Graeme Salter. Postdoc ANR
Exploitation of the first on-sky data of VLT/SPHERE
2019-present Maxime Lopez. Optical engineer
Final design and AIT for the HiRISE instrument
2018-2020 Yannick Charles. Mechanical engineer
Mechanical design of the fiber injection module of HiRISE
2016-2019 Raphaël Pourcelot. Optical engineer apprentice from Institut d'Optique Graduate School
Upgrade of the MITHIC high-contrast imaging testbed. Implementation of fiber injection on MITHIC
MSc and BA interns
Multiple students supervised or co-supervised:
M. Batista (MSc, 2012), M. Read (BA, 2012), L. Ben Assayag (MSc, 2013), R. Lucchesi (MSc, 2016), S. Tourenq (BA, 2017), E. Robert (MSc, 2018), J. Hulin (MSc, 2018), B. Rouzé (MSc, 2018), P. Cristofari (MSc, 2019), X. Devos (MSc, 2020).
Lectures and practical classes
2010-2015 Lecture on coronagraphy at Aix-Marseille University (MSc level)
2010-2014 Examiner for the BSc in optics at Aix-Marseille University (MSc level)
2011-2012 Astronomical data reduction at the University of Exeter (BA level)
2015 Adaptive optics, coronagraphy and high-contrast imaging course at ESO
2015 Training on SPHERE of ESO fellows, night astronomers and Telescope and Instrument Operators
2012-present Multiple contributions to projects from high-school and university students

Observing Experience

PI or Co-I on more than 90 observing programmes at ESO, Gemini, CFHT or on HST since 2009, totaling more than 4000 hours of telescope time in open time or GTO programmes.
2015 VLT/UT3: 110+ nights as ESO staff astronomer on SPHERE, VIMOS and VISIR
2014 VLT/SPHERE: 30 nights for the commissioning of the instrument
2010 VLT/NaCo: 2 nights of observations
2008 VLT: 10 nights on the visitor instrument APE
2005 MOPRA radiotelescope: 7 nights

Invited seminars and talks

11-2020 seminar; ETH Zürich (Switzerland, remote) [slides]
10-2020 seminar, Exoplanet Research Centre; Cambridge (UK, remote) [slides]
03-2019 invited talk, workshop AO4ASTRO; Marseille (France) [slides]
01-2019 seminar; University of Göttingen (Germany) [slides]
01-2019 seminar, CEA Department of Astrophysics (DAp); Saclay (France) [slides]
01-2018 seminar, R&D seminar at Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille; Marseille (France) [slides]
12-2017 seminar, University of Exeter; Exeter (UK) [slides]
11-2017 seminar, California Institute of Technology; Pasadena (USA) [slides]
09-2015 seminar, Centro de Astrofisica de Valparaiso; Valparaiso (Chile) [slides]
07-2015 seminar, Space Telescope Science Institute; Baltimore (USA) [slides]
12-2013 seminar, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope; Weimea (USA) [slides]
05-2012 seminar, Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon; Lyon (France) [slides]
11-2009 seminar, Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon; Lyon (France)
09-2009 invited talk, workshop Measuring the Atmospheric Spectrum of Extrasolar Planets; Exeter (United-Kingdom)

Press releases

2021 Celebrating two decades of SPHERE challenges and achievements: CNRS, LAM
2017 HIP 65426 b, the first exoplanet discovered by SPHERE: CNRS, LAM
2014 First light of VLT/SPHERE: CNRS


2019 Intervention in the science show La Méthode Scientifique on national radio France Culture
2018 Invited to the science show La Tête au Carré on national radio France Inter
2018 Participation to the Looking for new Earth documentary produced by BBC and France 5
2017-2018 Presenting the work of an astronomer to classes (from elementary school to high-school)
2011 Astronomy and optics presented to children in elementary school (Exeter, United-Kingdom)
2006 Guide in a museum exhibition dedicated to astronomy (Marseille, France)
Regular Public conferences in France (associations, amateur astronomy meetings)
Regular Participation to outreach events for the French Fête de la Science