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2014– Principal Scientist at Southwest Research Institute
in Boulder, Colorado.
2011–2014 NASA Senior Postdoc fellow at Solar System Exploration Research
Virtual Institute in Boulder, Colorado & Houston, Texas.
2010–2011 Research fellow at Universite de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
and Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, France.
2008–2010 Research fellow at Department of Astronomy, Padova University, Italy.
2007–2008 Visiting Scientist at German Aerospace Agency (DLR) in Berlin, Germany.
2003–2007 Research fellow at Department of Astronomy, Padova University, Italy.


2003 PhD in Applied Physics, Pisa University, Italy.
1998 Degree in Physics, grades 110/110 Cum Laude, Pisa University, Italy.


2017– Deputy Project Scientist of the NASA Lucy mission.
2017– Co-Investigator of the NASA Psyche mission.
2016– Co-Investigator of the stereo camera SIMBIOSYS for ESA BepiColombo mission.
2016– Co-Investigator of the NASA Dawn mission.
2012– Associate Scientist of the VIRTIS Science Team on board ESA Rosetta.
2012– Associate Scientist of the JANUS Science Team for ESA JUICE mission.
2011– Chair of the “Morphology, Topography and Crater Properties”
working group for ESA MarcoPolo-R.
2010– Associate Scientist of the VIR Science Team on board NASA Dawn.
2010– External collaborator of NASA MESSENGER Geology Discipline Group.
2008 Member of the Italian feasibility study team for a camera system on ESA MarcoPolo.
2007 Member of the Science Team of the space mission WSO-UV.
2006– Associate Scientist of the OSIRIS Science Team on board ESA Rosetta.


2001–2006 I repeatedly performed observations and analyzed data from
ESO Very Large Telescope, New Technology Telescope, 2.2 m,
1.5 m, INAF Telescopio Nazionale Galileo.


2016 Teaching the Graduate Seminar 'The Rosetta mission to comet 67P'
at University of Colorado, Boulder.
2003–2009 Teaching assistant at Padova University for the undergraduate lectures:
Astronomy I, Astronomy II, Astrophysics of Stars and Planets.


2003–2009 I have been either tutor or co-tutor for eight degree theses and two
PhD theses at the Department of Astronomy, Padova University.
I have also been external referee for one PhD thesis from INAF-Rome.


2017 Paolo Farinella Prize.
2015 NASA Dawn Group Achievement Award.
2015 NASA Dawn VIR Team Group Achievement Award.
2014 NASA's Susan Mahan Neibur Early Career Award.
2013 Member of the American Geophysical Union.
2013 Member of the American Astronomical Society, Division for Planetary Sciences.
2011 NASA Lunar Science Institute Fellowship.
2009 ESA Certificate of Outstanding contribution for the Rosetta mission.
2009– Member of the International Astronomical Union (commissions 15,16,53,55).
2007 Asteroid 72543 Simonemarchi named after Simone Marchi by the International Astronomical Union.

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