Internship Opportunity Available At Henri Poincaré Junior Program of Côte d’Azur Observatory


The Henri Poincaré Junior Program of Côte d’Azur Observatory is proposing internships for international students wishing to perform scientific training in one of the laboratories of the observatory. The laureates will receive up to 2200 euros for a training period of 2 months or more during the second half of 2020.

Application Conditions

Applicants must be a student in Master 2 or Ph.D. (or equivalent) and from a country where astrophysical and Earth sciences are in development. Interested students should contact an OCA researcher in their discipline who prepares and files the application. This application is electronic and should include the latex application form filled (and converted to PDF, can be downloaded by clicking on “Téléchargements” in the previous link), a CV (shorter than 2 pages) and up to two letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted to

Privileged research areas

Internships may be sought in any research field of the OCA, from astrophysics to geophysics representing a vast array of research opportunities:

  • Earth and space sciences, Earth-Ocean-Space interfaces:
    Geodynamics, geochronology, geomechanics, marine geosciences, mechanical faults and earthquakes, imagery, modeling, natural hazards and vulnerabilities, space geodesy, laser ranging, transfer time.
    Contact: Géoazur department
  • Astrophysics, fluid dynamics, and signal processing:
    Origin of planetary systems, exoplanets, interferometry, coronography, instrumentation, galactic archeology, solar and stellar physics, cosmology, dark matter, inverse problems and image reconstruction, turbulence in fluids and plasmas, digital high-performance computing, modeling.
    Contact: Lagrange departmentTeams
  • Multi-messengers astrophysics, gravitational waves:
    Gravitational waves, astrophysics non-photonics, compact objects, coalescing black holes, neutron stars, gravitation, research and development, quantum optics, stabilization of lasers, laser metrology, optical cavities of high fineness for energy storage, metrology.
    Contact: Artemis Department

How to contact an OCA researcher?

You will find below a list of scientists who could build a project with you. Their emails are of the format

  • Philippe Bendjoya: Asteroids/ Radiative Transfer/ Stellar Physics
  • Christophe Benoist : Observational Cosmology/ Galaxy Clusters
  • Marieanne Bizouard: Gravitational Waves/ General Relativity
  • Marcel Carbillet: Adaptive Optics
  • Philippe Charvis: Seismology
  • Andrea Chiavassa: Stellar Physics/ 3D Models/ Exoplanets
  • Michel Corsini: Geology (Morrocco)
  • Orlagh Creevey: Stellar Parameters / Interferometry/ Asteroseismology / Exoplanets stellar hosts
  • Aurélien Crida: Proto-Planetary Discs/ Planetary Migration / Saturn Rings and Satellites
  • Patrick de Laverny: Galactic Archeology / Stellar Spectroscopy
  • Chiara Ferrari: Radioastronomy / SKA
  • Agnès Fienga: Astrometry/ Ephemerides/ Solar System / General Relativity
  • Oliver Hahn: Cosmology / Simulations
  • Vanessa Hill: Galactic Archeology / Stellar Populations
  • Holger Homann: Turbulence (Fluids and Plasma)
  • Georges Kordopatis: Galactic Archeology / Galactic Dynamics
  • Natalia Korsakova Gravitational Waves
  • Eric Lagadec: Evolved Stars / Dust High Angular Resolution Imaging
  • Astrid Lamberts: Binary Stars / Simulations/ Gravitational Waves Sources
  • Elena Lega: Solar System Dynamics
  • David Mary: Data processing/ Image Reconstruction
  • Heloise Méheut: Proto-Planetary Discs / Simulations
  • Bernard Mercier de Lepinay: Geology (Carribean/Haiti)
  • François Michaud Geology (Earth and Sea-based/Ecuador, Mexico)
  • Florentin Millour: Interferometry/ Evolved Stars/ Nanosats
  • Alessandro Morbidelli: Solar System
  • Fathi Namouni: Solar System Dynamics
  • Nicolas Nardetto: Cepheids/ Distances/ Interferometry
  • Mamadou N’Diaye: Instrumentation/ High Contrast Imaging/ Space Telescopes
  • Nicole Nesvadba: AGNs, radio observations
  • Jean-Mathieu Nocquet: GNSS
  • Alejandra Recio-Blanco: Galactic Archeology / Stallar Spectroscopy /Stellar Clusters
  • Sylvie Robbe-Dubois: Interferometry / Instrumentation
  • Lucie Rolland: ionosphere, planetary  seismology
  • Jean Pierre Rivet: Intensity Interferometry / Asteroids/ Instrumentation
  • Mathias Schultheis: Galactic Archeology / Poussière/ Evolved Stars
  • Paolo Tanga: Asteroids / Modeling/ Occultations
  • Aziz Ziad: Atmospheric Optics / Site Testing
  • What are the criteria for laureate selection?

The scientific council of OCA selects candidates. The list of laureates will be published in the month of June 2020. The main criterion is the excellence of the application. Proposals that can lead to a longer-term collaboration are favoured. We will take into account the research needs in the proposant application and the prospects offered to the students too.  The program cannot fund co-supervised OCA’s students as the program’s aim is to help young scientists with new research perspectives.

Deadline: March 31, 2020

For more information, please contact Eric Lagadec:
Telephone: +33 492001979

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