Research Fellow Alumni Portal


The below table lists past ESAC Research Fellows with some information about their career path after the end of their fellowship. Not included are the Current Fellows.

For any queries, please contact the ESAC Research Fellowship Coordinator

This list is intended to be complete back to 2008 (when ESAC was formed as an ESA establishment).

ESAC Research Fellows are currently employed in 4 types of employment: Academia (54%), Industry (20%), ESA related contractor (20%), and ESA staff (6%) - see last column.

We have contact details of most former fellows, feel free to ask us if you would like to contact someone.

Name Final Year Last known role/affiliation
(plus previous known affiliations
since completing ESA RF)
Type of current employment
Anezina Solomonidou 2021 JPL, USA Academia/industry
Crispin Logan 2020 Sony Playstation, UK Industry
Gabi Matzeu 2020 Bologna University, Italy Academia
Michael Parker 2020 University of Cambridge (UK) Academia
Laia Barrufet 2020 University of Geneva, Switzerland Academia
Hector Canovas 2019 AURORA TECHNOLOGY BV (Gaia Science Operations Centre) Industry for ESA
Japheth Yates 2019 Simulation Engineer, Arrival Ltd Industry
Maggie Lieu 2019 Research Fellow, University of Nottingham Academia
Ginevra Favole 2019 Portsmouth University Academia
(XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre, ESAC)
Industry for ESA
Eleni Kalfountzou 2019 P&G, Geneva, Switzerland
Postdoc at Harvard University
Sergio Toledo Redondo 2018 Assistant Lecturer, University of Murcia, Spain
IRAP, Toulouse
Frank Tramper 2018 IAASAR, National Observatory of Athens Academia
Denise Perrone 2017 Project Scientist at Italian Space Agency ASI
Research Associate, Imperial College London
Alana Rivera 2017 Data Scientist, Accenture, Madrid, Spain Industry
Pablo Riviere 2017 Técnico Superior, Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Madrid
Scientific advisor in Terminus 7, Intelygenz
Post-Doc at Insituto de Física Fundamental (IFF, CSIC)
Johannes Sahlmann 2016 Gaia Science Operations Engineer, RHEA Group
AURA Instrument Scientist at Space Telescope Science Institute
Industry for ESA
Jari Kajava 2016 Post-doc position in X-ray Astronomy at Centro de Astrobiología (ESAC campus, Madrid)
FINCA, University of Turku, Finland
Thomas Cornet 2016 AURORA TECHNOLOGY BV (BepiColombo, ESAC)
CNES, Paris
Industry for ESA
Lucie Maquet 2015 l'Institut de Mécanique Céleste et de Calcul des Ephémérides (IMCCE), Paris Academia
Jean-Christophe Leyder 2015 Insight Data Science, San Francisco, USA Industry
Tim Rawle 2015 ESA JWST Instrument and Calibration Scientist, STScI ESA Staff
Sara Motta 2015 Glasstone Fellow at Oxford University Academia
Martin Henze 2014 Edison Software
UCSD (University of San Diego)
ICE-CSIC, Barcelona
Margherita Giustini 2014 Centro de Astrobiologia CSIC-INTA,
SRON, Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Utrecht
Joana Santos 2013 Microsoft Lisbon
Marie Curie Fellow, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Italy
Jiri Svoboda 2013 Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Academia
Catarina Alves de Oliveira 2012 SMILE Development Manager
JWST Instrument and Calibration Scientist, STScI
ESA Staff
Benoit Carry 2012 Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Nice
IMCCE, Paris
Alvaro Labiano 2012 Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), Madrid
Associate Scientist at ETH, Zürich
Rachel Soja 2012 Data Analyst, Umlaut Company
Post-Doc at Stuttgart University
Erwan Treguier 2011 Freelance Translator, France Industry
José María Castro Cerón 2011 ISDEFE (Torres Queveo Researcher, ESAC)
Herschel, ESAC
Industry for ESA
Rosario Brunetto 2010 Université Paris Sud de Orsay Academia
Simone Migliari 2010 AURORA TECHNOLOGY BV (XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre, ESAC)
Científico Ramón y Cajal, Universidad de Barcelona
Industry for ESA
Hervé Bouy 2010 LAB, Université de Bordeaux
Achille Nucita 2010 Researcher, INFN-U. del Salento, Lecce, Italy Academia
Nick Cox 2009 Research and Development Engineer, ACRI-ST, Toulouse, France
Guest Researcher at University of Amsterdam
IRAP (Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology)
Postdoc, Institute of Astronomy, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
Frederic Schmidt 2009 Assistant professor, IDES laboratory, Université Paris XI (Orsay) Academia
Anna Lia Longinotti 2008 Instituto de Astronomia, UNAM, Mexico
Postdoctoral Associate at MIT Kavli Institute, Cambridge, US
Luca Conversi 2008 NEO Coordination Centre Manager Planetary Defence Office
Euclid Instrument Scientist, ESAC
Herschel Calibration Scientist, ESAC
ESA Staff
Lucia Ballo 2008 TELESPAZIO VEGA UK LIMITED (XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre, ESAC)
Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (INAF), Milano, Italy
Postdoc at Instituto de Física de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
Industry for ESA
Stefania Carpano 2008 Scientist at MPE, Munich
JWST calibration scientist, ESTEC
Marion Cadolle Bel 2007 Product Manager at Sixt Leasing SE
Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF), Garching
Research Fellow, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich
INTEGRAL Archive & Duty Scientist, ESAC
Daniela Coia 2007 TELESPAZIO VEGA UK LIMITED (Archive Scientist, ExoMARS, ESAC)
Herschel Data Processing Specialist, ESAC
Industry for ESA
Stefano Bianchi 2006 Associate Professor, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre Academia
Anibal García Hernández 2006 Postdoc, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain Academia
Enrico Piconcelli 2005 Postdoc, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma;
XMM Operations Centre, ESAC
Elena Jiménez Bailon  2005 Scientist at Universidad National Autónoma de México, Ensenada, UNAM Academia
Celia Sanchez Fernandez 2005 ATG Europe (INTEGRAL Operations Scientist) Industry for ESA