Research Fellows

Dedicating 100% of their time at ESA to pure research, the ESA Research Fellows are a cornerstone of the ESAC scientific community.

If you want to know more about RFs at ESAC please contact the Faculty Sentinel or one of the RF mentors, for further details.


Current ESAC Research Fellows

Nuria Alvarez AGN
X-ray astronomy
Laia Barrufet High-z Universe
Submillimetre galaxies, Dusty Star Forming Galaxies, Dust Obscured Galaxies
Multi-wavelength extragalactic surveys
SED fitting codes
Hector Canovas Pre-Main Sequence (T Tauri, Herbig Ae/Be) stars
Protoplanetary disks, planet-disk interactions
High contrast imaging, imaging polarimetry
Sub-mm interferometry
Ginevra Favole Universe large scale structure
Emission-line galaxies,
Galaxy clustering, weak lensing
Mock catalogues, N-body cosmological simulation
Georgina Graham Heliophysics
Solar Wind
Plasma Physics
Maggie Lieu Galaxy clusters
Weak gravitational lensing
Bayesian statistics
Gabi Matzeu Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)
X-ray spectroscopy
Ultra Fast Outflows (UFOs)
AGN feedback
Accretion physics
Lyndsay Old Galaxy clusters
Galaxy evolution
Large-scale structure
Michael Parker X-ray spectroscopy and timing
Accretion physics and strong gravity
AGN and X-ray binaries
AGN feedback
Anezina Solomonidou Geology of icy moons
Spectroscopy and Radiative transfer analysis
Cryovolcanism and Tectonic deformation of icy satellites
Surface evolution
Interior dynamics
Martin Voelker Planetary geology
Planetary surface processes
Remote sensing
Japheth Yates Comparative planetology
Gas giant planets


Recent ESAC Research Fellows

Former RF RF Final Year Last known role/affiliation (plus previous known affiliations since completing ESA RF)
Felix Fürst 2019 XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre, ESAC;  (California Institute of Technology)
Eleni Kalfountzou 2019 P&G, Geneva, Switzerland
Sergio Toledo Redondo 2018 IRAP, Toulouse
Frank Tramper 2018 IAASAR, National Observatory of Athens
Denise Perrone 2017 Research Associate, Imperial College London
Alana Rivera 2017 Data Scientist, Accenture, Madrid, Spain
Pablo Riviere 2017 Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Madrid
Johannes Sahlmann 2016 Support Scientist at Space Telescope Science Institute
Jari Kajava 2016 FINCA, University of Turku, Finland
Thomas Cornet 2016 BepiColombo, ESAC; CNES, Paris
Lucie Maquet 2015 l'Institut de Mécanique Céleste et de Calcul des Ephémérides (IMCCE), Paris
Jean-Christophe Leyder 2015 Insight Data Science, San Francisco, USA
Tim Rawle 2015 ESA JWST Instrument and Calibration Scientist, STScI
Sara Motta 2015 Glasstone Fellow, Oxford University
Martin Henze 2014 ICE-CSIC, Barcelona
Margherita Giustini 2014 SRON, Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Utrecht
Joana Santos 2013 Microsoft Lisbon headquarters; (Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Italy)
Jiri Svoboda 2013 Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Catarina Alves de Oliveira 2012 JWST Instrument and Calibration Scientist, STScI
Benoit Carry 2012 Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Nice; (IMCCE, Paris)
Alvaro Labiano 2012 Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), Madrid
Rachel Soja 2012 Stuttgart University
Erwan Treguier 2011 Freelance Translator, France
José María Castro Cerón 2011 SMOS, ESAC; (Herschel, ESAC)
Rosario Brunetto 2010 Université Paris Sud de Orsay
Simone Migliari 2010 XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre, ESAC; (Científico Ramón y Cajal, Universidad de Barcelona)
Hervé Bouy 2010 LAB, Université de Bordeaux; (LAEFF-CAB, Madrid)
Achille Nucita 2010 Researcher, INFN-U. del Salento, Lecce, Italy
Nick Cox 2009 Postdoc, Institute of Astronomy, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
Frederic Schmidt 2009 Assistant professor, IDES laboratory, Université Paris XI (Orsay)
Anna Lia Longinotti 2008 Instituto de Astronomia, UNAM, Mexico; (Postdoctoral Associate at MIT Kavli Institute, Cambridge, US)
Luca Conversi 2008 Euclid Instrument Scientist, ESAC; (Herschel Calibration Scientist, ESAC)
Lucia Ballo 2008 Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (INAF), Milano, Italy; (Postdoc at Instituto de Física de Cantabria, Santander, Spain)
Stefania Carpano 2008 Postdoc, MPE, Munich; (JWST calibration scientist, ESTEC)
Marion Cadolle Bel 2007 Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF), Garching; (Research Fellow, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich; INTEGRAL Archive & Duty Scientist, ESAC)
Daniela Coia 2007 Herschel Data Processing Specialist, ESAC
Stefano Bianchi 2006 Postdoc, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre
Anibal García Hernández 2006 Postdoc, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain
Enrico Piconcelli 2005 Postdoc, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma; (XMM Operations Centre, ESAC)


The Research Fellow Experience at ESAC

Quotes from former RFs on their time at ESA(C):

"Warm and friendly work environment, with colleagues ready to help out"
"Good atmosphere among RFs"
"Large freedom in organizing and choosing the topics for your scientific work and no other duties than doing research"
"Excellent trainee and visitor program that enhance (everyone's) research output"
"Lots of sun"
"Many experts on space missions (the science instruments in particular) are present on site and very easily to contact"
"Many opportunities to establish and cultivate research collaborations within and outside ESAC"
"Excellent opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of operating a scientific space mission and the internal workings of a space agency"
"Possibilities to connect with other research organisations in the area, such as LAEFF on the ESAC site"
"Possibility to live in quiet residential areas or in -arguably- one of Europe's most vibrant cities, Madrid"
"Great career booster from well acknowledged fellowship program"
"The faculty consists of members in wide variety of expertise and astrophysical backgrounds, from planetary science to high-energy and infrared astronomy"