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

Ginevra Favole Universe large scale structure
Emission-line galaxies,
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
Timeseries analysis
Maggie Lieu Galaxy clusters
Weak gravitational lensing
Bayesian statistics
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
Coherent structures
Alana Rivera High-mass stars
Star formation, ISM
Sergio Toledo Redondo Magnetic reconnection
Solar wind/magnetosphere coupling
Atmospheric electricity
Schumann resonances
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"