EPEC Profiles – Joana S. Oliveira
November 15, 2021

EPEC Profiles – Joana S. Oliveira

In this series from the EPEC Communication Working Group, we meet members of the Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) community and find out more about their experiences and aspirations.

Joana S. Oliveira is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Space Magnetism Laboratory from the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA), close to Madrid, Spain.

She studies the internal (crustal and core) magnetic fields of different planetary bodies: Mercury, the Moon, and Mars. In particular, she is developing a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships Action which uses terrestrial analogs data acquisition and modeling to better understand magnetic sources origin from the Moon and Mars. Understanding the origin of such sources will help to get the full picture of the terrestrial planets’ surface and internal history.

She is a member of the BepiColombo Science Working Team. She also co-chairs the BepiColombo Young Scientists Study Group (BC YSSG), an innovative way to engage early-career individuals in their scientific careers to get maximum scientific output on space missions, while helping to boost their careers.

She was born and raised in Portugal where she completed her Master’s degree in Astrophysics and Instrumentation for Space, at Coimbra University. She got her Ph.D. degree in Planetary Sciences where she modeled Mercury’s core magnetic field using spacecraft data, at the Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique (LPG) and Nantes University, France. She had her first postdoctoral experience in the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) where she studied crustal magnetic anomalies of the Moon. She had her second postdoctoral experience at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, where she investigated crustal magnetic anomalies of Mercury and the Moon. 

She was present in the EPEC creation meeting at Riga in 2017, and started to be a committee member while participating in the EPEC@EPSC WG (from 2019 to 2021), and gave support to develop the Communications WG during its first steps in 2020.

Participating in building the EPEC network and watching its evolution is very satisfying, especially when you know it has reached more than 500 young researchers (and keeps growing)!

EPEC is a nice community to improve several soft skills that researchers need to develop their professional careers. The sooner you start, the better skilled you become to develop your research projects!


More information about Joana S. Oliveira:

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Contact: jrodoli@inta.es

Joana S. Oliveira. Image credit: Thomas Cornet.

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