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
Georgina Graham Heliophysics
Solar Wind
Plasma Physics
Alexander James The Sun
Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)
Space Weather
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



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"