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

2016CNRS prize for scientific excellence (14 k€)
2015Research grant from the City of Marseille (2.5 k€)
2012Invited researcher position at CRAL (Lyon, France) for one month
2006Graduated with honours from Université Jean Monnet (St Etienne, France)


2016PI - ERC - 1.5 M€
Project HiRISE to couple high-contrast imaging with high-resolution spectroscopy at the Very Large Telescope
2014Co-I - CNES - 56 k€
Validation and chracterization of CoRoT and Kepler/K2 exoplanet candidates with VLT/SPHERE. 2 years postdoc funding for Roxanne Ligi.
2014PI - 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-presentCo-I - French "national programs" (ASHRA, PNP) - several k€/year

Projects appointments

2016-presentMember of the E-ELT/HARMONI science team
2015Co-instrument scientist of SPHERE at ESO
2015Member of the SPHERE instrument operation team
2014-presentCo-I of the SHINE large observing program with SPHERE
2013-presentMain coordinator of the SHINE workpackage on exoplanet characterization
2012-presentCo-instrument scientist of the SPHERE/IRDIS instrument
2009-2014Co-I of the NaCo-LP large observing program
2006-2009Responsible of the laboratory and on-sky testing of the ZEUS sensor in the Active Phasing Experiment

Scientific and Administrative Responsabilities

Conference and seminars organisation
2015SOC member for the conference OHP 2015: Twenty years of giant exoplanets (~100 participants)
2015SOC member for the Journées Scientifique de l'ONERA (~50 participants)
2013LOC member for the workshop Exoplanet validation (~50 participants)
2012-2013Co-organisation of the seminars at LAM
2011-2012Co-organisation of the astrophysics seminars at the university of Exeter
Councils and expertise groups
ConfidentialExpert for the European commission (H2020 programs)
ConfidentialReviewer for the Chilean National fund for scientific & technological development (CONICYT/FONDECYT)
ConfidentialReviewer for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
2017Member of the ESO Observing Programmes Committee (OPC)
2016PhD committee for Justine Lannier and Faustine Cantalloube
2015ESO SPHERE proposals reviewer and technical feasability
2010-presentReferee for astrophysics and optics papers
Local involvement
2013-2014Co-representative of the exoplanet group at the LAM scientific council
2007-2009Student representative at the LAM and OAMP scientific councils

Teaching and Supervision

PhD Students
2012-2015Co-supervision of Alice Zurlo (graduated June 2015). Characterization of exoplanetary systems with the direct imaging technique: towards the first results of SPHERE at the VLT
2016-nowCo-supervision of Anne-Laure Cheffot. Cophasing techniques for the E-ELT
2015-presentRoxanne Ligi. Combining Kepler and SPHERE for the detection and characterization of exoplanetary systems
2014-2015Graeme Salter. Exploitation of the first on-sky data of VLT/SPHERE
MSc and BA Interns
Multiple students supervised or co-supervised (~1 each year since 2012): M. Batista (MSc), M. Read (BA), L. Ben Assayag (MSc), R. Lucchesi (MSc), S. Tourenq (BA)
Lectures and Practical Classes
2010-2015Lecture on coronagraphy at Aix-Marseille University (MSc level)
2010-2014Examiner for the BSc in optics at Aix-Marseille University (MSc level)
2011-2012Astronomical data reduction at the University of Exeter (BA level)
2015Adaptive optics, coronagraphy and high-contrast imaging course at ESO
2015Training on SPHERE of ESO fellows, night astronomers and Telescope and Instrument Operators
2012-presentMultiple contributions to projects from high-school and university students


Observations and operations: visible and near-IR, integral field spectroscopy and slit spectroscopy
High-contrast imaging data reduction: all types of differential imaging techniques (angular, spectral, polarisation, reference) and analysis (LOCI, PCA)
Instrumental simulations and design, in particular for high-contrast applications
Python, IDL, C, Objective-C, bash, Matlab
Optical design
Basic ZEMAX and Code V
French: native speaker; English: fluent; Spanish: basic conversational; German: high-school level

Observing Experience

2015VLT/UT3: 110+ nights as ESO staff astronomer on SPHERE, VIMOS and VISIR
2014VLT/SPHERE: 30 nights for the commissioning of the instrument
2010VLT/NaCo: 2 nights of observations
2008VLT: 10 nights on the visitor instrument APE
2005MOPRA radiotelescope (Australia): 7 nights

Invited seminars and talks

09-2015seminar, Centro de Astrofisica de Valparaiso; Valparaiso (Chile) [slides]
07-2015seminar, Space Telescope Science Institute; Baltimore (USA) [slides]
12-2013seminar, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope; Weimea (USA) [slides]
05-2012seminar, Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon; Lyon (France) [slides]
11-2009seminar, Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon; Lyon (France)
09-2009talk, Measuring the Atmospheric Spectrum of Extrasolar Planets with SPHERE/IRDIS; Exeter (United-Kingdom)


2010-presentRegular public conferences in France (associations, amateur astronomy meetings)
2008-presentRegular participation to outreach events for the French Fête de la Science
2011Astronomy and optics presented to children in elementary school (Exeter, United-Kingdom)
2006Guide in a museum exhibition dedicated to astronomy (Marseille, France)