The ESA Faculty contains many ESA staff and contractors at ESAC in Madrid. The CAB department of astrophysics (also located on the ESAC site) also has many ESAC Faculty members. ESAC Research Fellows are active faculty members mentored by faculty staff (ESAC RF mentors). There are also opportunities for university students to work on research projects as ESAC Trainees.
Faculty Research Areas
The ESAC Faculty are active in a wide range of scientific field, and maintain collaborations with many individuals and institutes outside ESA. Several broad topics have specific research groups coordinated by Faculty members:
- Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) group
- Galaxy Clusters and cosmology group
- High-energy accretion working group
- Gaia science group
- Exoplanets and protoplanetary disks group
- Mars science group
- Small solar system bodies (Asteroids, Comets) and Rosetta group
- Meteor Research Group
- Ices in the solar system group
- Heliophysics and Plasmaphysics group
Many of the spacecraft missions/groups host active research covering a wide range of science themes relevant to the particular instrumentation.
Other research-related initiatives at ESAC are:
- ESAC Trainee programme