Would you like to do a Master, Ph.D or postdoc in Nice, France?

If you are an independent student looking for a master, Ph.D. thesis, or postdoc position in the area of planetary geophysics, there are several opportuntities for you in Nice. Please feel free to contact me so that we can work out together what is the best option for you.

Master projects (M1, M2)

Master projects will usually be advertised on the MAUCA (Master in Astrophysics) and the SF2A (Société Française d'Astronomie et Astrophysique) web sites. In general, second year master students will be paid a small stipend for a 4 month project that will come either from the Laboratoire Lagrange or from my own grants. Please be aware that it is usually possible to modify the subject matter of any research project that I propose. If I did not post a master project on the official web sites, it is also possible to propose one at your request.

Thesis projects

Ph.D. thesis projects at the Laboratoire Lagrange are organized as part of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis doctoral school: Ecole Doctoral Sciences Fondamentales et Appliquées (364). Though I sometimes propose Ph.D. projects without a candidate in mind, I will often propose a suitable topic only after the candidate has contacted me and demonstrated an interest in my ongoing research program. After my approval, you will need to not only be accepted into the doctoral school, but also find a source of funding. A number of competitive doctoral contracts are awarded the University of Nice itself, but it is also possible to find external funding as well. The following are some links that will help you find a suitable funding source.

Postdoc positions

I am always looking for qualified post-docs, but I will only advertise for such positions when I have assured funding. For most cases, it will be up to the applicant (with my help) to apply directly to a suitable funding agency for a competitve position. Grants can be found from several sources, including CNES and the European commission. If you are interested in doing a post-doc, please contact me and we will work together to find the best available option. Please note that many of these positions have application deadlines in early spring, so it is best to start looking 1 year in advance.

Practical information for visitors

If you plan on spending any time in Nice, the following links provide some useful information that will make your stay easier.

  • UCA Welcome Center - General information about living in Nice, including housing and administrative issues.


Laboratoire Lagrange (UMR 7293)
Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur
CS 34229
06304 Nice Cedex 4, France

Professional Positions

2012–2016 IPGP Planetary and Space Sciences, group leader.
2010– Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Directeur de Recherche.
2002–2010 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Chargé de Recherche.
1999–2002 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Postdoctoral Fellow.


2008 Université Paris VII, Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches.
1994–1999 Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Ph.D. Planetary Geophysics (Roger Phillips, advisor).
1990–1994 State University of New York at Buffalo, B.Sc. Physics, Geology Minor.
1988–1990 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, Physics.

Professional Activities

2020– Icarus, Editorial advisory board.
2020– OpenPlanetary.org, Board of directors.
2011–2015 Journal of Geophysical Research Planets, editor in chief.
2013–2016 ROBEX, Robotic Exploration of Extreme Environments (Helmholtz Alliance), advisory board.
2009–2011 International Lunar Network site selection working group, co-chair.
2009–2015 Group de travail système solaire (CNES), member.
1997–1998 ANSMET (Antarctic Search for Meteorites), field party member.

Planetary Missions

2017– Psyche (NASA). Co-investigator.
2013– JUpiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE). Ganymede Laser Altimter (GALA), Co-investigator.
2013– JUpiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE). Gravity & Geophysics of Jupiter and Galilean Moons (3GM), associate.
2012– InSight; Mars geophysical station, Co-investigator.
2007–2016 Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), Co-investigator.
2006–2010 Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer (C1XS), Co-investigator.
2005– BepiColumbo Laser Altimeter (BELA), Co-investigator.
2004–2007 SMART-1 Demonstration Compact X-ray Spectrometer (D-CIXS), Co-investigator.

Academic Advising

Shengxia Gong (2019-2020), Joana Oliveira (2015-2017), Katarina Miljković (2012-2014), Wenzhe Fa (2009-2011), Hajime Hikida (2004-2006).

Julia Maia (2020-), Adrien Broquet (2017-), Masanori Kanamaru (2018-), Daniel Wahl (2017-), Jun Du (2017-2019), Shenxia Gong (2014-2016), Clément Thorey (2012–2015), Corrina Roy (2011-2014), Qian Huang (2009-2011), Matthieu Laneuville (2010-2013), Mathieu LeFeuvre (2008-2010), Virginie Beleguic (2003-2005).

Julia Maia (2020), Adrien Broquet (2016), Leila Gabasova (2016), Sébastien Labarre (2014), Simon Gernez (2012), Baptiste Mary (2011), Mathieu LeFeuvre (2007).

Romain Contant (2014), Joachim Audouard (2010), Matthieu Laneuville (2009), Julie Cosmidis (2008).

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