TEACHING AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE:
I have had the occasion to teach several classes during my Phd in a French university during years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 and my postdoctoral position at ETHZ during year 2010-2011 (those were taught in English). The students I taught had very diverse background and past education. The following shows a brief overview of the contents of the lessons.
· Hydrodynamics and fluid mechanics. I was responsible for both the teaching and administrative part of this session, taking care of lectures, exercises and examination. The aim of this cycle was to provide the students with solid bases and tools to deal with problems they would encounter in their chosen fields of work. The two main points of the lesson were technical knowledge (equations, mathematical tools, methods to solve problems) and physical feeling (understanding of processes and phenomenon, practical applications, use in geosciences).
· Numerical methods and applied mathematics. Directed by Stéphane Jaquemoud. I was in charge of the oral and examination part of this module. Again, we wanted to give students the tools and means to solve applied problems in their preferred fields. This course dealt with numerical methods for differential equation solving, partial derivatives, polynomial interpolation, iterative methods for equation solving…)
· Introduction to geosciences. I was in charge of the oral and examination parts. This course dealt with the application of scientific knowledge to geosciences problems and their practical illustrations. (solar system dynamics, water reservoirs on Earth, ocean cycles and the role of salt…)
· General planetology. I was in charge of the oral and examination parts. This course dealt with the solar system and its planets. It had a descriptive component (observation and knowledge) and a technical component (physics and chemistry). It was also addressing both the planet scale (inner dynamics, atmosphere) and the solar system scale (accretion, extrasolar planets detection, celestial mechanics).
· Introduction to gravimetry field work. I was in charge of the organization of the field work, for both teaching and administration matters. This course was open to students of diverse levels and backgrounds. Its aim was to show them how to handle professional grade measurement equipment, how to collect data and how to analyse it.
· Planetology: planetary atmospheres. I was in charge of this lecture, which aimed at presenting students with a general overview of the physics and chemistry of the atmospheres of terrestrial planets, as well as the means to observe and analyse them and recent advances in our knowledge. Recent space missions were also addressed during this lecture.
Additionally, I am in charge of the 2011-2012 gravimetry field work and part of the planetology course at ETHZ.
As illustrated by the list of the teaching I took part in, I have experience in very diverse domains. This multidisciplinary approach fits well with the education I went through and is, in my opinion, essential when dealing with geosciences and planetology in particular, as the different fields all have a strong influence on one another. In the future, I would enjoy having some more teaching to do, as I consider it an essential part of the responsibility of researchers. Topics such as those I already have some experience in would suit me, but I am also interested in other domains such as physics, planetary formation, exoplanets, geodynamics...
Among my other activities, it can be noted that I participated to the organization and animation of the “Mars en Mars” (Mars in March) exposition, in Paris, under the direction of the IPGP. Its aim was to show a broad view of the state of our understanding of Mars and of the different past and future missions to the planet. The target of the exposition was both the general public and school groups of all ages. For the later, experiments and visits were scheduled, to which I participated.
Additionally, I was involved in the organization of the “Congrès des doctorants” of IPGP in Paris, an annual congress where Ph.D. students of the institute are able to share their research and present their results to the whole university. Each year, foreign students are invited to broaden the scope of the congress.
I also am part of the Mars Society Switzerland and its equivalents in France and in the USA, since 2010. Moreover, I am part of its scientific board. In this responsibility, I am involved in a project of “Mars Swiss Cube”, under the direction of Pierre Brisson. This project aims at financing, designing, and launching a small satellite of the “cube sat” family (10 cm x 10 cm x10 cm) toward Mars (unlike the first Swiss Cube Satellite, that orbits the earth).
Finally, I am also a reviewer for the EPSL (Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters) scientific journal.