Javier R. Goicoechea

Dr. Javier R. Goicoechea, CSIC Staff Scientist.

Research interests:

–  Molecular Astrophysics. Radioastronomy. Far-IR astrophysics. Physics and chemistry of the interstellar and circumstellar media, photo-dissociation regions, star-forming regions, and Galatic Center.

–  Observational: Far-IR (ISO, Herschel, SOFIA, etc.), submm  (IRAM, ALMA, etc.), and mid-IR (Spitzer, JWST, and others).

–  Astrochemical models: Radiative transfer and PDRs.


  • Research Scientist (Instituto de Física Fundamental, CSIC) (2016 – ).
  • Post-doc at Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Consolider-Ingenio “Astromol” and ERC-Synergy Grant “Nanocosmos” (2014-2016).
  • Ramón y Cajal tenure-track at Centro de Astrobiología (INTA-CSIC)  (2009-2014).
  • Post-doc at the Laboratoire de Radioastronomie (École Normale Supériure, Paris)  (2004-2008).
  • PhD at UAM and Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, CSIC, Madrid (2003).
  • Graduate in Theoretical Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, UAM (1999).

Publications Summary:  (Link to ADS –Astrophysics Data System)

>145 peer-reviewed papers in ApJ, A&A, MNRAS, Ann. Rev. Astron. Astrophys., and Nature.

>60 contributions in proceedings and technical documents (SPIE, etc.).

Co-author of “SPICA: revealing the origins of planets and galaxies: ESA Assessment Study Report” (2009). First author of the White Paper  “Using SPICA Space Telescope to characterize Exoplanets” (2008). Editor of book “SPICA joint European/Japanese Workshop” (2009). Co-author of the White Paper . “Sub-arcsecond FIR space observatory: a science imperative” (2013). Co-author of The European Far-IR Space Roadmap” (2017).

Teaching and Mentoring:

Co-advisor of 3 PhD students (V.V.  Guzmán 2013; G.B. Esplugues 2014; S. Cuadrado 2017)

Teaching  “Molecular Astrophysics” at the UAM/UCM master of Astrophysics (Madrid) (4 years).

Invited teacher in 5 international summer schools (CNRS, UIMP, IRAM, Ecole doctorale de Paris, Chile).

Service and committees:

– IRAM Program Committee (2012-17, 2 years as chairman of the galactic panel).

– SUBARU telescope Program Committee (3 times).

– SOFIA stratospheric telescope Program Committee (2016, Cycle-4).

– Referee of Nature, A&A, ApJ and MNRAS.

– PhD jury  (5 in Spain and 2 in France).

– Project Scientist of the SAFARI instrument for the space telescope SPICA (3 years).

– Spanish Co-I of FIRSPEX, a FIR space telescope candidate in ESA’s call for M5 missions (1 year).


  •  Principal Investigator of two research projects funded by the Spanish MINECO: Astrofísica Molecular: Una nueva visión del Universo en la era de Herschel y Alma” (AYA2009-07304; 312.180€) and “Fisicoquímica del Medio interestelar y Circunestelar en la era de ALMA” (AYA2012-32032; 369.720€).
  • Marie Curie Individual fellowship (150.000€) at the Observatoire de Paris and l’Ecole normale supérieure (2005-2007).

Use of telescopes:

Principal Investigator of several observing campaigns using international astronomical instrumentation:

IRAM (15), Herschel (2), ALMA (3). Co-I in several Herschel (ESA) guaranteed- and open-time proposals. Co-I of a Large Impact Program with SOFIA/upGREAT,  and of a Large Program with IRAM-30m.


Prize of the Société Française d’Astronomie & d’Astrophysique and Sociedad Española de Astronomía for outstanding achievements in a French-Spanish scientific cooperation (together with Jerome  Pety, IRAM).

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