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
| ||Ginevra Favole ||Universe large scale structure |
Galaxy clustering, weak lensing
Mock catalogues, N-body cosmological simulation
| ||Felix Fürst ||Accretion physics |
Neutron star and black hole binaries
Ultra-luminous X-ray sources
| ||Maggie Lieu ||Galaxy clusters |
Weak gravitational lensing
| ||Eleni Kalfountzou ||AGN and host galaxy evolution |
Radio-jets, AGN feedback
Surveys, far-IR/submm, X-ray, optical spectroscopy
| ||Denise Perrone ||Turbulence |
Dissipation in solar wind
Kinetic effects in collisionless plasmas
| ||Alana Rivera ||High-mass stars |
Star formation, ISM
| ||Sergio Toledo Redondo ||Magnetic reconnection |
Solar wind/magnetosphere coupling
| ||Frank Tramper ||Massive stars (O-type, Wolf-Rayet) |
Stellar winds, mass loss
Direct pre-supernova evolution, evolution at very low metallicity
Spectroscopy, stellar atmospheres
| ||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) |
|Pablo Riviere ||2017 ||Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Madrid |
|Johannes Sahlmann ||2016 ||Space Telescope Science Institute |
|Jari Kajava ||2016 ||FINCA, University of Turku, Finland |
|Thomas Cornet ||2016 ||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 ||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"