Núria Miret Roig, PhD student

Could you present yourself in a few sentences?

Núria Miret Roig, 24 years old, from Barcelona, researcher in astronomy at the University of Bordeaux.

What is your position here at the LAB?

I am a PhD student of Hervé Bouy since October 2017. I work in the COSMIC DANCE project, founded by an ERC, and part of the M2A team.

On what do you work?

My field of research is the Galactic astronomy, more specifically, I am interested in the stellar formation and evolution. Therefore, I work with young, nearby open clusters or associations to derive their membership, Initial Mass Function (mass distribution at the time of birth), internal kinematics and dynamics among other properties.

My work involves many different skills: from going to observatories to collect more data to analyzing these data with modern Bayesian statistical tools.

What is your career history up to now?

I studied Physics at University of Barcelona where I graduated in 2016. Then, I continued my professional formation with a Master in Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology at the same university. During the end of the Bachelor and my Master, I was employed by the « Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya » where I studied the origin of several young, local associations by means of an orbital analysis. In October 2017, I started my current position as a PhD student at the University of Bordeaux. Here I am expanding my field of research to a wider variety of systems at the same time that I am using other observational and statistical techniques.

Why are you working in astrophysics?

Since I was very young, I felt great admiration when looking at the sky. The Sun, the Moon, planets and stars captivated me from the very beginning. My father, as an amateur astronomer, had a telescope that I learned to use. He also participated in a few amateur-professional projects in which I also had the chance to participate. When it was time to choose, I have always been interested by sciences and astronomy is the one that has fascinated me the most.

Mosaic of images from DECam pointing at the IC4665 open cluster. Each rectangle is a single CCD and the total field of view has a radius of 1.1 deg.