Research Fellows

Dedicating 100% of their time at ESA to pure research, Research Fellows in Space Science are a cornerstone of the ESA Space Science Faculty.

Research Fellows are located at ESAC (Madrid), ESTEC (the Netherlands) and the ESA Office at STScI (USA).

For information about applying for an ESA Research Fellowship, or more information in general, please contact Fellowship coordinator.


Current Research Fellows

Divided by research field:

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Planetary Science
  • Solar & Terrestrial Science

Astronomy & AstrophysicS


William Alston


- X-ray astronomy
- Time series analysis
- Accretion and feedback physics
- Signatures of strong gravity
- Machine learning and statistics

Rachana Bhatawdekar


- High redshift galaxies
- Galaxy evolution
- SED fitting, photometric redshifts
- Gravitational lensing

Guadalupe Cañas Herrera


- Fundamental cosmology: inflation, modified gravity
- Gravitational-waves
- Statistical Bayesian inference techniques
- machine learning

Quentin Changeat


- Exoplanets
- Atmospheric physics
- Data analysis

Chiara Circosta


- AGN feedback
- Black hole-galaxy co-evolution
- AGN obscuration
- SED fitting
- Multiwavelength surveys

Katja Fahrion


- Globular clusters
- Nuclear star clusters
- Galaxy formation
- Stellar populations

Maximilian Günther


- Exoplanets and habitability
- Stellar flares and cool stars
- Machine learning and Bayesian statistics

Oliver Hall


- Asteroseismology of solar-like oscillators
- Stellar rotational evolution
- Gaussian Processes in the time domain
- Hierarchical Bayesian Models

Emilia Järvelä


- Narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies
- Multiwavelength observations

Andrew Lobban


- X-ray data analysis
- Ultra-fast outflows from AGN
- Spectroscopy and timing analysis of black hole systems
- Multiwavelength variability studies of AGN

Anna Pala


- Accreting white dwarfs
- Compact binary evolution
- UV and optical spectroscopy
- Accretion physics

Samuel Pearson



Emily Rickman


- Exoplanets
- Brown dwarfs
- Direct imaging and emission spectroscopy
- Proper motion anomalies in astrometry

Alicia Rouco Escorial


- High-energy astrophysics
- X-ray binaries
- Gamma-ray bursts
- Highly magnetized neutron stars
- Multi-wavelength astronomy
- Gravitational waves

Victor See


- Stellar rotation evolution
- Stellar magnetism and activity
- Exoplanetary habitability

Sascha Zeegers


- Interstellar medium
- Interstellar dust
- X-ray and Infrared spectroscopy
- X-ray binaries



Planetary science


Rickbir Bahia


- Martian geomorphology
- Martian river valleys and glacial systems
- Geospatial analysis of planetary data
- ExoMars rover simulations

Ines Belgacem


- Icy moons
- Photometry
- Remote sensing
- Image processing

Sarah Boazman


- Geomorphology of the Moon and Mars
- Planetary geological mapping
- Remote sensing
- Monitoring aeolian bedforms on Mars

Eleni Bohacek


- Planetary geology
- Remote sensing
- Computer vision

Lisanne Braat


- Geomorphology of Earth and Mars
- Martian deltas
- Sediment transport modelling
- Flume experiments

Willi Exner


- Magnetospheres of small bodies
- Exosphere interaction with surface and magnetosphere
- Extreme solar winds on magnetospheres

Adam Hepburn


- Subglacial hydrology
- Glacial geomorphology
- Mid-latitude glacial histories of Mars
- Crater chronology

Lucie Riu


- Alteration processes at Mars
- Volcanism at Mars
- NIR spectroscopy of planetary bodies
- Formation and evolution of small Solar System bodies

Jack Wright


- Volcanism on Mercury
- Volatile-driven processes on Mercury
- Planetary geological mapping



Solar & Terrestrial Science


Laura Hayes


- Solar flares (X-rays and multi-wavelength observations)
- Time-series analysis
- Space weather

Alexander James


- The Sun
- Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)
- Space Weather

Nils Janitzek


- Space Plasma In-Situ Measurements
- Solar Wind
- Solar Energetic Particles
- Space Weather

Sophie Musset


- High energy solar physics
- Particle acceleration in the solar corona
- Solar flares in X-ray, extreme-UV and radio
- Solar X-ray instrumentation

Chris Nelson


- Solar atmosphere
- UV bursts
- Magnetohydrodynamic waves



Alumni Portal

A list of former ESA Space Science Research Fellows can be found in the Alumni Portal.


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