François Montanet is professor at the University Grenoble-Alpes in Grenoble.
He obtained his PhD in Particle Physics in 1986 on the study of the hadronic final state in deep inelastic scattering of high energy muons at CERN (EMC NA9 experiment). He was in particular in charge of the aerogel Cherenkov counters. Right after this, he was granted a CERN fellowship for two and a half years. He join the CPLEAR project, studying CP violation and discrete symmetries in proton-antiproton annihilation at rest. He was leading the development of the particle identification detectors (time of flight and C6F14 liquid Cherenkov detector). Back at CPPM Marseille, he continued on the CPLEAR analysis, supervising two PhDs on this subject. In 1995, he obtained a full professor position at the University of Aix-Marseille II. At the same time he was one of the physicists initiating the challenging project of detecting very high energy neutrinos with a deep-sea cherenkov detector, namely the ANTARES project. He was active in this project until 2000 when he took a 2 year sabbatical leave at Fermi-lab joining the Pierre Auger Collaboration at the very beginning of the project. He worked on the development of the water cherenkov detectors. Back in Europe in 2002, he moved to Grenoble, joining the LPSC (ISN at that time) and obtained a full professor position at Université Joseph Fourier (now Grenoble-Alpes). He is still working on the analysis of Ultra-High-Energy-Cosmic-Rays with the Pierre Auger Observatory and on R&D on astroparticles detectors.
In 2014, François Montanet started lecturing at the first ESIPAP school. In 2015, he initiated the AHEAD detector project, a small but efficient array of scintillating detectors installed on the site of ESI Archamps, which is used as a high level lab for ESIPAP students and as a test base for astroparticle detectors R&D and students projects.