Scientific and Academic Positions

  • 4/2018–present MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIPS (H2020), Institut de Ciencies del Cosmos of the Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • 12/2016-03/2016 Postdoc position María de Maeztu center of excellence by the Spanish Government, Institut de Ciencies del Cosmos of the Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • 09/2013-09/2016 Postdoc Fellow (ESA Research Fellowship in Space Science), European Space Agency (ESA), European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands
  • 7/2010-09/2013 Postdoctoral position (in project European Research Council under ERC-StG grant GALACTICA-24027, granted to Prof. Dr. Amina Helmi), Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 1/2010-6/2010 Research contract (in project Contribución al desarrollo científico y tecnológico de la misión Gaia), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1/2006–12/2009 Becaris Generalitat (PhD fellowship from the Generalitat de Catalunya), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • 10/2005–12/2005 Becària IEEC (PhD fellowship of the Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1/2005–6/2005 Beàcria Collaboració (starting research grant for bachelor students of Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


  • Ph.D., Physics, 30th April 2010, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, Thesis: Moving groups as imprints of the non-axisymmetric components of the Milky Way, Advisers: Prof. Dr. Francesca Figueras, Dr. Octavio Valenzuela, Committee: Prof. Dr. L. Aguilar, Prof. Dr. S. Feltzing, and Dr. P. L. Hammersley
  • Master, Astrophysics, Cosmology and Particle Physics, 5ft September 2007, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, Thesis: Moving groups: Are they dynamical streams?, Advisers: Prof. Dr. Francesca Figueras, and Dr. David Fernández
  • Bachelors Degree, Physics, 21th July 2005, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Memberships & Participation in space missions and surveys

  • Member of the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) of the Gaia mission: Coordination Unit 9 (CU9)
  • Member of the WEAVE Science Team in the Galactic Archaeology group; science case, and survey design –collaboration mainly with B. Famaey (Observatoire astronomique de Strasbroug, France), V. Hill (Observatoire de la Vote d’Azur), co-coordinator of Disk Kinematics group
  • Member of the RAVE collaboration
  • Member of the Gaia-University of Barcelona research team (2005–2010, 2016-present)
  • Member of the Sociedad Española de Astronomia
  • Member of the Red Española para la explotacion cientifica de Gaia (REG)
  • Member of the Faculty Council of the Scientific Support Office of ESA (SRE-S) in charge of the scientific research activities and exchanges among SRE-S scientists, and support to the SRE-S management such as in funding allocation (2014–2016)
  • Member of the Gaia Archive Preparation (GAP, affiliated member) (2011–2013)
  • Member of the Gaia-ESO Survey, survey design for disk stars
  • Participation in the Gaia Research for European Astronomy /Training (GREAT) (2009)
  • Member of the Gaia beta testers group (tests of the Gaia archive)


Supervised PhD thesis

  • “The Dynamical Effects of the Bar on the Galactic Thin and Thick Disks”, Giacomo Monari, University of Groningen, September 2014, (co-supervised with Dr. A. Helmi)
  • "Substructure in the phase space of the Galaxy with Gaia”, Pau Ramos, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, ongoing (co-supervised with Dr. F. Figueras)

Supervised Master thesis

  • “Young Local Associations with Gaia”, Nuria Miret, Universitat de Barcelona, June 2017
  • “Applying the Treamaine-Weinberg method for deriving pattern speeds with Gaia”, Marta Reina, Universitat de Barcelona, July 2016, (co-supervised with Dr. F. Figueras)

Supervised Bachelor thesis

  • “Detection of Ultrafaint Dwarf Galaxies in the halo of the Milky Way with the new catalogues HSOY & GPS1”, Laura Rotger, Universitat de Barcelona, June 2017
  • "The velocity-metallicity correlation in simulations", Marc Grau, Universitat de Barcelona, Desembre 2017

Supervised high school projects

  • "Bringing Gaia data to high-school students: determination of the dark matter content in the Galaxy", Francesc Raga Batlle, Institut Gallecs, Mollet del Vallès, Gener 2018

Other mentoring

  • Taniya Parikh, ESA Stagiaire, June-August 2014, “Gaia performance for open clusters”, ESA
  • Taniya Parikh (Masters student), June-July 2015, “Gaia performance for open clusters II”, ESA
  • Santi Roca Fabrega (PhD student), 2013, “A novel method to bracket the corotation radius in galaxy disks: vertex deviation maps”, University of Groningen


  • Pau Ramos, Merce Romero-Gomez, Francesca Figueras, Roger Mor (ICCUB, Spain)
  • Amina Helmi (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, The Netherlands)
  • Santi Roca-Fabrega (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)
  • Cecilia Mateu
  • DPAC consortium (mainly David Katz, Ronald Drimmel, Celine Reylé, George Seabroke, Caroline Soubiran, Carine Babusiaux, Paola Di Matteo, Eloisa Poggio, Annie Robin, Dafydd Evans)
  • Jos de Bruijne, Timo Prusti (ESTEC, The Netherlands)
  • Luis Aguilar (Instituto de Astronomia de la UNAM Ensenada, Mexico)
  • Carlo Manara (European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany)
  • Octavio Valenzuela, Barbara Pichardo, Edmundo Moreno (Instituto de astronomia de la UNAM Mexico DF, Mexico)
  • Giacomo Monari (Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam AIP, Potsdam, Germany)
  • Anthony Brown (Observatory of Leiden, The Netherlands)
  • Taniya Parikh (Univ. of Portsmouth, UK)
  • Sebastian Hidalgo, Antonio Aparicio (IAC, Spain)
  • Kazi Rygl (Instituto di Radioastronomia, Italy)
  • Steven Rieder (RIKEN AICS, Japan)
  • Lucie Jilkova, Carmen Martinez-Barbosa (Observatory of Leiden)