It is the persons on all levels that are at the center of IRAM’s science, technology, development, operation and administration. Over more than 40 years of existence, many astronomers and engineers have contributed to IRAM’s success, as postdocs, interns or staff astronomers. We have tried to find out what they have become after their time at IRAM.


Activity sector of over 80 former postdocs, PhD students or staff astronomers in 40 years of IRAM existence, as of January 2024. Over 80% of the former IRAM post-docs are still working in the research field. Credit: IRAM.

Please find below a non-exhaustive list of former IRAM postdocs, PhD students and staff astronomers classified by date of their arrival at IRAM. In over 40 years, IRAM has welcomed more than 80 postdocs from all over the world. Approximately one third of them were part of the IRAM Granada family, the majority were part of the Grenoble headquarters team.

The list includes the current affiliations of these former IRAM colleagues, as of January 2024.

1980 - 1989



Nobuharu Ukita; Staff astronomer at Okayama Astronomical Observatory, NAOJ, Japan (retired)

Thierry Forveille; Astronomer, Observatoire de Grenoble; Editor in chief “Astronomy & Astrophysics”

Rainer Mauersberger; Staff astronomer, MPIfR Bonn, Germany

Maddali Vivekanand; Astronomer at NCRA, TIFR, India (retired)

Philippe André; Senior Researcher, Laboratoire Astrophysique (AIM), CEA Paris-Saclay, France

Stéphane Guilloteau (staff astronomer); Directeur de recherche CNRS, Laboratoire Astrophysique de Bordeaux, France

José Antonio García-Barreto; Associate Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Santiago García-Burillo; Astronomer, Observatorio Astronómico Nacional OAN-IGN, Spain

1990 - 1999

Luca Olmi; Staff astronomer, INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Firenze, Italy

Anne Dutrey; Directrice de recherche 1ère classe, CNRS – Université de Bordeaux, France

Cornelius Schalinski; Business Development Manager Germany, RHEA Group, Wavre (Belgium) and Darmstadt (Germany)

Jean François Desmurs; Astronomer, Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Madrid

Bernard Lazareff; Senior Astronomer, Université Grenoble Alpes, France (retired)

Nikolaus Neininger; Risk Controller at pbb (Bank), Garching, Germany

Wolfgang Wild; Project Manager, ESO and CTAO (retired)

Jonathan Braine; Astronomer, Laboratoire Astrophysique de Bordeaux, France

Helmut Wiesemeyer; Staff astronomer, MPIfR Bonn, Germany

Laurent Loinard; Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico

Michael Dumke; Adjunct Researcher & APEX Support Astronomer, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Emmanuel Dartois; Directeur de recherche, Université Paris Saclay, France

Sébastien Muller; Staff astronomer, Onsala Space Observatory, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Ute Lisenfeld; Professor, Universidad Granada, Spain

2000 - 2009

Pierre Hily-Blant; Staff astronomer, IPAG, Université Grenoble-Alpes, France

Axel Weiss; Staff astronomer, MPIfR Bonn, Germany

Sergio Martín Ruiz; Group Manager, ALMA Joint Observatory, Vitacura, Chile

Miguel Á. Pérez-Torres; Senior Research Scientist, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Granada, Spain

Nuria Marcelino; Staff astronomer, Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Madrid, Spain

Philippe Salomé; Assistant Astronomer, LERMA, Observatoire de Paris, France

Lena Lindt Krieg; Freelancer in Higher Education / Teacher at Cologne Business School

Takeshi Nakazato; Research Engineer, NAOJ, Japan

Breezy Ocaña Flaquer; Adjunct professor, San Diego State University, USA

Denise Riquelme; Professor, University of La Serena, Chile

Christof Buchbender; CCAT Data Center Manager, I. Physikalisches Institut, University Cologne, Germany

Francesco Fontani; Staff astronomer, INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Firenze, Italy

Guillermo Quintana-Lacaci; Staff researcher, Instituto de Física Fundamental, CSIC, Madrid, Spain

Sascha Trippe; Full Professor, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

2010 - 2019

Jorge Abreu Vicente; Machine Learning developer, European Molecular Biology Organization / European Life Sciences Laboratory

Chiara Feruglio; Astronomer, INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, Italy

Chin Shin Chang; Science Archive Content Manager, Joint ALMA Observatory, Santiago, Chile

Nicolas Billot; CHEOPS Science Operations Manager, Associate scientist, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Pierre Gratier; Assistant Astronomer, Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Bordeaux, France

Viviana Guzman; Assistant professor, Instituto de Astrofísica, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Sabine König; Staff astronomer, Onsala Space Observatory, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Tessel van der Laan; Department Manager, TNO (Dutch organization for applied research; private NGO)

Israel Hermelo; Technical astronomer, Calar Alto Observatory, Almería, Spain

Miguel Montarges; Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris – PSL, Meudon, France

Charlène Lefèvre; Ingénieur algorithme, LYNRED, Veurey-Voroize, France

Charles Romero; Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, Cambridge, MA – USA

Pablo García Fuentes; Astronomer, National Astronomical Observatories of China, China and Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile

Alessia Ritacco; Researcher, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Bilal Ladjelate; Data scientist, Thales, Paris, France

Ka Tat Wong; Researcher, Uppsala University, Sweden

Nichol Cunningham; Operations Scientist, SKAO, Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK

Wonju Kim; Researcher, I. Physikalisches Institut, University Cologne, Germany

Orsolya Feher; Research Associate at Cardiff University, UK

Victor De Souza Magalhães; Staff Software engineer, NRAO, Albuquerque, USA

Alessandra Contursi; System Engineer, SE-I Performance & Calibration, OHB System AG, Germany

Layal Chahine; Postdoctoral researcher, IPAG, Université Grenoble-Alpes, France

2020 - today

Isabela Cortzen; Data scientist, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Denmark

Sergio Dzib Quijano; Associate researcher MPIfR Bonn, Germany