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Colin Snodgrass - CV

Professional biography
  • Personal Chair of Planetary Astronomy, The University of Edinburgh, 2022-present
  • Chancellor's Fellow, The University of Edinburgh, 2018-2023
  • Ernest Rutherford Research Fellow, The University of Edinburgh, 2018-2019
  • Senior Research Fellow, The Open University, 2017-2018
  • Ernest Rutherford Research Fellow, The Open University, 2014-2018
  • Marie Curie Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany, 2010-2014
  • ESO Fellow, European Southern Observatory, Chile, 2006-2010
  • Ph.D, Queen's University Belfast, 2006
  • MSci, St Andrews University, 2003
Mission involvement and major consortium membership
  • ESA Comet Interceptor (F-class): proposal deputy-PI
  • ESA Rosetta: ground-based observation lead (2013-EoM); OSIRIS team member (2010-2014)
  • ESA Euclid: Science consortium member. Solar System Objects working group member
  • ESA Hera: Co-chair of WG2 (ground-based observations)
  • NASA DART: Scientific Investigation Team member; ground-based observations group
  • ESA Castalia (proposed for M-class, unsuccessful): PI for M5 proposal
  • ESA CASTAway (proposed for M-class, unsuccessful): co-PI for M5 proposal
  • ESA Calico (in phase 0 for M-class): team member
  • LSST: UK Affiliate PI. Solar System Science Collaboration member.
Ground-based Observing
I am an experience observer, especially at ESO, where I was also a support astronomer at the NTT and instrument scientist for EFOSC2. I have been PI on a total of over 80 nights at ESO, as well as co-I on a further 310 nights (full list of ESO runs). I was also PI on a large international time programme using Canary Island telescopes as part of the Rosetta ground-based campaign, and I have been PI/co-I on more than 60 other nights at the WHT/INT. I am part of the MiNDSTEp consortium that operates the 1.54m Danish telescope at La Silla, and have also had proposals accepted on most other major facilities at some point (JWST, HST, Spitzer, Keck, Gemini, Palomar, SOAR, ALMA, LCOGT...)
Asteroid 158589 Snodgrass was named after me in 2009.
For more details, download pdf version of CV (updated occasionally).