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Engineer Position at LESIA - Observatoire de Paris

LESIA is responsible for the study and specification of on-ground data processing algorithms to derive light curves from PLATO observations. At this stage of the project, the main components of the on-ground data processing chains are identified, but the corresponding algorithms have to be studied in detail, evaluations of the expected performance have to be made, and the algorithms need to be translated into documentation that will be used to develop the data processing pipeline itself.

The successful candidate will join a team made up of several LESIA researchers and engineers involved in the PLATO space mission, and will benefit from the expertise of a team of researchers and engineers from different European countries (France, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom) with solid experience in space missions CoRoT, Kepler and GAIA.

The position is initially for one year and is renewable for an additional year. The position is open at the earliest from 1st November 2020. The salary level corresponds to the CNRS IR (Ingenieur de Recherche) fixed-term contract salary scale and depends on the level of the diploma and experience. The successful candidate would work at the LESIA-Observatoire de Paris, at the Meudon site (92, Haut de Seine, France).

For more information, click the title of this news item.

Tue 11 Aug 2020, 16:20 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, PDC, Job Opportunity, DPA-WG, data processing, PLATO, software, developer

PLATO and Galactic archaeology

A research team led by PSM member Andrew Miglio (University of Birmingham) has published a white paper on the pre-print arXiv that describes how PLATO can contribute to the field of Galactic archaeology.

They identify key outstanding questions related to the formation and evolution of the Milky Way. Answering these questions requires precise, accurate ages for large samples of stars, such as those that will be provided by PLATO's asteroseismic data (through WP12, Stellar Science). They demonstrate that the capabilities of PLATO are such that answering their key questions is possible.

The paper can be found on ADS.

PLATO Week 4 - Stockholm

PLATO Week 4 will be hosted at the Albanova University Centre, Stockholm, Sweden. It will be taking place between the 20th and 22nd of June 2017. Attendance is by invitation only.

For more details, please see the meeting's website.

Thu 25 May 2017, 10:46 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, Payload, Stellar Science, Meeting, PLATO week, PDC, PSM, PIC, Stockholm

PLATO Week 3: Göttingen - Report

PLATO Week 3 took place at MPSSR in Göttingen between the 13th and 15th of March 2017. There were many sessions of relevance to the PSM:

  • An overview of PSM activities since the last meeting, presented by the PSM Coordinator, Don Pollacco.
  • A joint PSM-PDC plenary session, which included presentations on the L1 on-ground processing chain, Exoplanet Science and Stellar Science requirements on L1 data, and a working model for interactions between the two bodies.
  • A splinter session on candidate ranking and follow-up
  • A splinter session on PMC System Wide tools, with reference to PSM tools for content management, version control, action items, and requirement tracking moving forwards.
  • A splinter session on the PDC Database organisation
  • A splinter session on support tools for data analysis.

The presentations from these sessions, and from all of the other sessions at PLATO Week 3, can be found at the meeting's webpage, and through the detailed information for this news item.

PLATO Week 3: Göttingen

PLATO Week 3 will be hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany. It will be taking place between the 13th and 15th of March. Attendance is by invitation only.

UPDATE: Information regarding the meeting can be found at the meeting's website.

Tue 17 Jan 2017, 14:06 | Tags: The PLATO 2,0 project, PLATO 2.0, Payload, Meeting, PLATO week, PDC, PSM, Göttingen

PLATO Week 2: Rome - report

PLATO Week 2 took place at ASI in Rome between the 8th and 10th of November 2016. The PSM held several joint sessions with the PDC, during which discussions focussed on the high-level schedule for developing the on-ground data processing pipeline.

Minutes for the PSM-PDC sessions can be found on the Publications page, along with the slides that were shown during the meeting.

PLATO Week 2: Rome

The second PLATO Week will be held from the 8th to the 10th of November at the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) in Rome. Detailed information can be found on the meeting's webpage (click the news item title).

The Local Organizer is Isabella Pagano:

If you are intending to come to the meeting, please register using the link on the webpage at least 2 weeks before the meeting. Registration is mandatory.


Fri 30 Sep 2016, 15:42 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, Payload, Meeting, PLATO week, PDC, Rome, ASI, PSM

PLATO Mission Conference 2017

The University of Warwick (UK) will be hosting the PLATO Mission Conference 2017: exoplanets in the PLATO era. The conference will take place between the 5th and 7th of September 2017. Further details to come.

PLATO Week 1: Leuven

The University of Leuven is hosting the first ever PLATO Week between 18.07.16 and 20.07.16

Further information can be found at the webpage (click the news item heading)

Tue 05 Jul 2016, 10:48 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, Payload, Meeting, Leuven, PLATO week, PDC, PSM

PLATOsim workshop

There is a PLATOsim workshop being held at the University of Leuven on June 8th / 9th 2016.

To register, please email Sara Regibo <> by June 1st 2016.

Tue 31 May 2016, 16:40 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, Workshop, Leuven

WP120 Meeting 2016

A WP120 meeting with the leaders of the WP12X took place on the 23rd and 24th of May.

Fri 27 May 2016, 16:51 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, WP12, Stellar Science, Meeting, PSM

Payload Progress Meeting 5

The 5th PLATO Progress Meeting is taking place on April 25-27 2016, at the Munich South Holiday Inn. This meeting also acts as the kick-off to phase B2 of the project.

Mon 25 Apr 2016, 11:24 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, Payload, Payload Meeting, PSM

New paper on exoplanet frequencies with PLATO

A new paper released today by Dimitri Veras et al. discusses using PLATO to detect a trend for exoplanet frequency to decrease as the host stars of two-planet systems get older.

Fri 17 Jul 2015, 12:58 | Tags: The PLATO 2,0 project, PLATO 2.0, ArXiv, Exoplanets, Publication, PSPM

PLATO Payload Meeting 4

The PLATO Payload Team are having their 4th face-to-face meeting in Berlin, April 16th - 17th 2015.

Thu 16 Jul 2015, 21:13 | Tags: The PLATO 2,0 project, PLATO 2.0, Payload, Payload Meeting, Update

How PLATO 2.0 was born

Information about the project history. PLATO 2.0 (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) is a medium class (M class) mission studied in the framework of the ESA Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 program.

Mon 26 Jan 2015, 16:35 | Tags: PLATO 2.0