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Pelletier Stefan, Dr.

Phase 3 – Domain B – Project 3, Université de Genève, Département d’Astronomie, Welcome
1290 Versoix
+41 22 379 24 02
Please give us a personal quote or a quote of a famous person (e.g. of Albert Einstein) that describes you and your life/work.
“Perfectionism is not as much the desire for excellence, as it is the fear of failure couched in procrastination.” -Dan Mille
Please describe your job in only one sentence and tell us what the most important goal of this work is.
I study the atmospheric composition of hot giant exoplanets with the goal of determining their formation history.
How did you get into this research/work field?
I became very excited about exoplanets after meeting my eventual PhD supervisor. He explained to me his research, and although I did not understand much, his enthusiasm was contagious and my choice was made.
What would be the greatest discovery you would like to see in your life time?
I want to see an exo-planet-moon system where we can characterize the atmospheres of both bodies.
You work for the NCCR PlanetS. What do you think will the NCCR enable you to do you couldn’t do without it?
An alternative position I was considering for a postdoc was part of a very small exoplanet group. Here, being part of PlanetS will not only allow me to have access to a wealth of data and resources, but also place in an environment surrounded by experts spanning a wide range of expertises.

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