CV: Scientist



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 Date Submitted:21-10-2013
 Last Modified:11-12-2013 (12:04)
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 Current job:Scientist
 Employment Term:Either
 Job location:Own country
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
 KeywordsSpace Instrumentation Space Science


   Oct. 2011 – Oct. 2013       Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA)

                 Postdoctoral contract under the Consolider-Ingenio project.

                 Research. Infrared, optical and milimetric imaging and spectroscopy.


   Sep. 2009 – Oct. 2011     European Space Astronomy Centre. European Space Agency (ESA)

                Fellowship at the XMM-Newton Space Mission.

                User Support Group tasks. X-ray imaging and spectroscopy.


   Mar. 2006 – Sep. 2009      Instituto de Estructura de la Materia (CSIC)

                                                  Postdoctoral contract for James Webb Space Telescope/MIRI.

                                                  Leader and liaison of the Spanish Test Team.  

                                                 Verification. Performance. Testing.    (detailed description in Annex)


  Oct. 2005 – Feb. 2006       University of Groningen (The Netherlands).

                                                 Scholarship “Ubbo Emmius Bursaal”.

                                                 PhD Student.


  Sep. 2001 – Sep. 2005       Space Telescope Science Institute (NASA).

                                                  Scholarship “STScI Graduate Student Research Assistantship”.

                                                  PhD Student.



Apr. 2006        PhD in Physics.                                                      U. Autónoma de Madrid

Feb. 2006       PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences.      U. Groningen (Netherlands)

      Jun. 2000        B.Sc./M.Sc. Physics.                                               U. Autónoma de Madrid



  • Bilingual: Spanish - English
  • French: Proficient.
  • German: Basic.
  • Dutch: Basic.



34 publications in international journals, 20 as first author, 17 with peer reviews.  (link)

30 oral presentations (5 invited) in international conferences.

12 observing proposals accepted  in competitive selection international telescopes.

Organization of 7 international conferences as Scientific and Local organizing committees.

Referee of international journals since 2006.

Active participation in international science outreach activities: NASA, press, expositions…



  • Proficient with telemetry and monitoring software of space instrumentation.
  • Proficient with IDL (object oriented language), Python, shell scripting, Fortran, Cecil.
  • Advanced user of operating systems: Unix, Linux, Mac OSX, Windows, DOS.
  • Proficient with astronomical software and databases.



  • ANECA certification.                         Spanish Dept. of Education                                       2013
  • Physics Laboratory.                                 U. Salisbury (USA)                 Fall 2009, 2011, 2012
  • Supervision of 2 Trainees.               European Space Agency               Summer 2009, 2011
  • Physics Laboratory.                             U. Autónoma de Madrid           Sep. 2000 – Jun. 2001
  • Support teacher of Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.                                   1996 – 2000



     2009    ESA-XMM Research Fellowship.                                          European Space Agency

     2005    Ubbo Emmius Bursaal.                                                           The Netherlands

     2001    STScI Graduate Student Research Assitantship                     NASA

     2000    Ayuda de tercer ciclo.                                                              U. Autónoma Madrid

     2000    Summer student fellowship.                                                   LAEFF-INTA



  • Assistant in language courses in New Zealand, for Kells College. July 2001.
  • Assistant in language courses in Ohio, USA, for Kells College. July 1999.
  • Volunteer in Navarra, Spain. Archeology and restoration. July 1997
  • Volunteer in Caerphily, Wales, UK. Assistant. United Nations. July 1996.


ANNEX I     -     Duties as Test Team Leader for JWST/MIRI


From March 2006 to September 2009, I led and coordinated the Spanish Test Team for the James Webb Space Telescope – Mid Infrared Instrument (MIRI), and was involved in the tasks of the Operations and Science Working Groups. My duties included performing and designing tests for the Verification and Flight Modules, verifying instrument requirements and scientific performance, test planning and scheduling, telemetry and data analysis, developing and maintaining simulation software, writing reports and documentation (including operation plans and procedures). I was also responsible for the coordination with other teams across Europe and the USA, as well as presentation of our results to the MIRI engineering and scientific community. All tasks were carried out successfully and ahead of schedule. Furthermore, our team was several times acknowledged for exceeding expectations.



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