Curriculum Vitae

Personal details

Full name:
Alexandre SANTERNE
Date & Place of Birth: 30 August 1986 (Beauvais, France)
Citizenship: French
Situation: married - 1 child (3yr)
Professionnal address: Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille
38, rue Frederic Joliot-Curie
13388 Marseille Cedex 13, FRANCE
Professional email:
Professional phone:
+33 (0) 4 91 05 69 16


Since October 2016
Aix-Marseille University
Astronome Adjoint (equivalent to assistant professor)
OSU Institut Pythéas
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille
Marseille, France
October 2014 - September 2016
Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço
Marie-Curie fellow (post-doc)
Porto, Portugal
January 2013 - September 2014
Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
Advanced post-doc
Porto, Portugal
October 2012 - January 2013
Aix-Marseille University
Teaching and Research Temporary Attaché
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille
Marseille, France
October 2009 - September 2012
Aix-Marseille University
PhD candidate
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille
Marseille, France


2009 - 2012
PhD thesis in Astrophysics and Cosmology
Aix-Marseille University
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille
Title: Characterisation of transiting exoplanets by radial velocimetry
Advisors: Claire Moutou & François Bouchy
Defense date: 26 October 2012
Jury: B. Hamelin (chair), A. Lecavelier des Étangs, A. Morbidelli, G. Marcy, F. Pepe, C. Reylé, C. Moutou, and F. Bouchy
Marseille, France

2007 - 2009
Master in Astrophysics, Space Sciences and Planetology
University of Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier
Toulouse, France
2004 - 2007
Licence in fundamental physics
University of Bordeaux 1
Bordeaux, France

Teaching and supervision experiences

Teaching (64h / year) - Professional and Personal student project (Licence 1st year)
- Numerical project (Master SPACE, 1st year)
Supervision (internships)
- Caroline Dalibot (Master 1st year): July - September 2010 [50%]
- Wissam Fakhardji (Master 2nd year): February - June 2014 [20%]
- Abhinav Jindal (Bachelor 2nd year): May - June 2014
- Elsa Moreira (Master 2nd year): September 2015 - October 2016
- Saeed Hojjatpanah (Master 2nd year): February - March 2016
- Hugo Gosselin (Master 2nd year): February - July 2017
- Sébastien Rigaud (Ingenieur School 2nd year): May - July 2017
Supervision (PhD)
- Théo Lopez: 2017 - 2020 [80%]
Supervision (post-doc)
- Hugh Osborn: 2017 - now [30%]

Grants, Awards and Distinctions

Programme National de Planétologie (PI)
3 k€ (INSU)

2014 - 2015
Programme PESSOA (co-PI)
Collaboration between Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille and Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
Amount: 3.5 k
€ (FCT)

2014 - 2016 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development (PI)
score 92.3/100
Amount: 153.33 k€ (European Commission)

Since 2012
ESO Photo Ambassador

Research experience

Publications and communications

Publications 109 publications in peer-reviewed journals, with more than 2600 citations, including:
- 10 papers as first author with more than 300 citations
- 20 other papers with a substantial contribution (2nd or 3rd author)
H-index: 28
Invited talks
International conferences: 2
Seminars: 15

Projects involvement

Since 2014 Leader of the ESO-K2 consortium
Since 2014
Leader of the PASTIS project
Since 2010
Leader of the Kepler follow-up on SOPHIE
Since 2015
Member of the CHEOPS extended science team
Since 2011
Member of the PLATO science consortium and responsible for WPs #113200, #132320, and #367000
Since 2009
Member of the RPE consortium on SOPHIE
2013 - 2014
Member of the Kepler False-Positive Working Group
2009 - 2013
Member of the CoRoT Exoplanet Science Team

PI of accepted proposals

ESO HARPS@3.6-m telescope
+ 2 normal proposals (14 nights)
+ 1 large programme proposal (70 nights P98 - P101):
"Rocky or gaseous ? Exploring the composition of small worlds using K2 and HARPS"
1 proposal in priority A (31h)

4 proposals (10 nights)
1 proposal (6 nights)

French 2m-class telescopes
3 proposals (17 nights)
1 proposal (67h in priority A and 10h in priority B)

1 proposal (47h in priority A)

1 proposal DDT (9h)

K2 mission / Kepler telescope
1 proposal (1 target)

Reviewing experience

Since 2013
Reviewer for ApJ, A&A, PASP, Science, and OPTICON
2015 - 2016
Member of the ESO Observing Programme Committee (OPC)
Member of a panel for a NASA space mission

Scientific animation

2013 - 2015
Organisor of the Planet journal club at Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
Chair LOC/SOC of the K2 workhop, Porto, Portugal (~50 participants)
Co-organisor (chair) of the 5th school for professional / amateur collaboration in astronomy, Giron, France (~80 participants)
SOC/LOC member of the Planet Validation Workshop, Marseille, France (~40 participants)
Co-organisor of the 4th school for professional / amateur collaboration in astronomy, La Rochelle, France (~80 participants)
LOC member of the "2nd CoRoT Symposium: transiting planets, vibrating stars, and their connexion", Marseille, France (~250 participants)
LOC member of the conference "OHP2010: Detection and dynamics of transiting exoplanets", OHP, France (~80 participants)

Administrative and scientific responsabilities

Member of the scientific council at Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
2010 - 2011
Student representative at the administrative council of the Observatoire Astronomique Marseille Provence

Community involvment and outreach

Since 2013
Honorific member and scientific referent for the association "Astronomy Gironde 33"
2010 - 2012
Member of the administrative council of the association "Astronomes Amateurs Aixois de l'Observatoire de Vauvenargues" (~100 members)
2008 - 2012
Founding president of the association "Rassemblement de l'Astronomie Amateur dans le Grand Sud Ouest" (~80 members)
2006 - 2008
Member of the administrative council of the association "Société d'Astronomie de Bordeaux" (~50 members)
Since 2006
Regular outreach presentation for astronomy association and large astronomy events, e.g. Fête de la Science, Ciel en Fête, Nuit des Étoiles, Rencontres du Ciel et de l'Espace, Pint of Science

Skills and hobbies

mainly Python and LaTeX
French (native), English (fluent), Portuguese (notions)
Photography, wine tasting, cooking, swimming

Last update: August 2017