Julien H. Girard
Dr. Julien H. GIRARD
Born July 8, 1978
Married, two children
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Today (August 2015)
I am a a
physicist/astronomer with instrumental background currently
Staff Astronomer at ESO,
spending my time between Santiago and the VLT at Paranal
Observatory in Chile. I mainly work with Adaptive Optics(AO)
related instruments and I am Instrument
The remaining time is dedicated to my personal research. My interests are broad: faint companion search (brown dwarfs, extra-solar planets), young and/or massive stars and their circumstellar environments. I use my Instrument Scientist expertise in high angular resolution and high contrast imaging & spectroscopy to serve and lead collaborative astronomical projects.
2001-2005 : PhD in instrumental physics & astrophysics (obtained with "mention très honorable", October 19th 2005) Université Claude Bernard Lyon-I, France
2000-2001 : DEA/Master Astrophysique et Milieux Dilués (obtained July 2001) Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble-I, FRANCE
1998-2000 : Master of Science in Instrumentation Physics (obtained may 2000)
University of Utah, USA
1996-1998 : DUT Mesures Physiques (Techniques Instrumentales)
Université de Savoie, FRANCE
Appointments: Professional Experience
August 2008 - June 2009 : Professor/Researcher at Escuela Superior de Física y Matematica (ESFM) of the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN) in Mexico City.
I tought optical labs for Bachelor students and elaborated a scheme for new astronomical intrumentation classes at the Master level.
I kept working closely with Dr. Alan Watson at the Instituto de Astronomía (IA-UNAM), Mexico , mainly on the GUIELOA Adaptive Optics project.
Participations at various observing runs.
July 1999 - July 2000 : Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Utah Physics Department
I buit a calibration system for the HiRes2 giant cosmic ray detector
This $100,000 system performs calibration of over 10,000 Photo-Multiplier Tubes and 42 large mirrors with a single UV laser and a fiber-optic network.
March 1998 - June 1998 : Technician (intern-ship) at RHODIA (France)
I calculated measurement uncertainties for the verification of chemicals production processes and the ISO-9002 certification.
November 1998 - March 1999 : Ski Instructor in Alta, Utah
I taught skiing once a week to students of the University of Utah and occasionaly to kids of the Deseret News Ski School.