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Emma Postolec (she/her)

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PhD student 

Emma is a French PhD student in the Forming Worlds team at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen. 


Her research interests focus on the evolution and observability of the atmospheres of rocky planets during the magma ocean era. She runs numerical simulations to investigate the chemical evolution of the atmosphere for lava planets.


October 2023 - now

September 2021 - July 2023

September 2020 - June 2021

Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

PhD degree in Astrophysics 

  • Project : Evolution and observability of rocky exoplanets atmospheres 

  • Theoretical simulations of exoplanets atmospheric composition for lava exoplanets

Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Université de la Côte d'Azur, Nice, France

Master's degree in Astrophysics - MAUCA - with the highest honours

  • Fundamentals courses in astrophysics

  • Projects :

    • Observation on the C2PU telescope (Calern) - Exoplanet transits - Philippe BENDJOYA

    • JUICE mission - Simulation of the internal structure of Ganymede models based on k2 values - Agnes FIENGA

    • Galactic Archaeology - Study of chemical abundances (APOGEE DR16) and kinematics (eDR3) in the Milky Way - Patrick DE LAVERNY

    • Build a nanosatellite - Conception of a PCB card - Florentin MILLOUR

    • Distribution of asteroid compositions - Asteroid compositions from VISTA near-infrared photometry - Benoit CARRY

    • Active galactic nuclei and star formation in galaxies - Morphological study of the 3C317 AGN using optical spectra from MUSE - Nicole NESVADBA

Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

Bachelor's degree in Physics - with honours

  • 3rd year of bachelor in Physics

September 2018 - June 2020

Camille Jullian highschool, Bordeaux, France

2 years intensive program preparing for the national competitive exam for entry to top engineering schools

  • Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry (PCSI,PC)


Mars - July 2023

January - Mars 2023

May - June 2021

Astrophysics & Astronomy Department, UC Santa Cruz, CA, USA 

Exoplanet's atmosphere - Jonathan FORTNEY, Artem AGUICHINE, Nadine NETTELMANN

  • Master thesis : Influence of icy molecules on the mass-radius relation for water-world exoplanets (Fortran)

Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Applications of Celestial Mechanics in Planetology and Astrodynamics - Kleomenis TSIGANIS, George VOYATZIS, Ioannis GKOLIAS

  • Walker Delta satellite constellations simulations (Python)

Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux, Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

Dynamics of molecular clouds - Jonathan BRAINE

  • Bachelor thesis : Study of velocity gradients from molecular cloudsin M33 with the CPROPS algorithm (Fortran)


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