The Staff

The group is formed by Support Astronomer (Grupo de Astrónomos de Soporte, GAS), Telescope Observers (TO) and telescope operators (Técnico de Operaciones Telescópicas, TOT), under the supervision of the head of the Telescopic Operations Group, Álex Oscoz Abad.


Álex Oscoz Abad
Head of the Telescope Operations
aoscoz at iac dot es


R&D Technicians

Olga Zamora
ozamora at iac dot es


Support Astronomers and Post-docs (GAS)

Rosa Clavero Jimenez
rclavero at iac dot es
Matteo Monelli
monelli at iac dot es
David Nespral
dnespral at iac dot es

Telescope Observers

Antonio Pimienta
pimienta at iac dot es


Técnicos en Operaciones Telescópicas (TOTs)


Joshua Barrios
jbarrios at iac dot es
María Victoria Bollo
mvbollo at iac dot es
Román Gómez
rgomez at iac dot es


Alberto Madrigal Aguado
amadrigal at iac dot es
Marta Puig Subirà
mpuig at iac dot es

Miguel Rodríguez Alarcón
mra at iac dot es


Manuel Sánchez Benavente
msb at iac dot es
Carla Varela Nuñez
carla.varela at iac dot es


The SA are in charge of:

  • Ensuring the regular observations at the facilities for which the IAC is responsible;
  • Supervising the work of the TOTs;
  • Giving support to the observer, either presentially or remotely;
  • Introducing the installations to the groups of students from visiting universities;
  • Maintain the documentation and manuals of the instruments and telescopes;
  • Software and pipeline development;
  • Maintenance of web-pages;
  • Execute the service observations allocated to the Spanish night CAT (INT, NOT, TNG);
  • Support the remote observations to which the IAC community has access (SARA telescopes, etc);

The TOTs have a fundamental rôle in the life at the OT observatory. In fact, they

  • are the reference person at the observatory during the night;
  • are in charge of both night and solar telescopes;
  • are responsible of verifying the real-time status of many instruments (IAC80, TCS, SL, Quijote, …), and act to solve any sort of problems that may arise;
  • are responsible to monitor the weather conditions, and decide whenever the observations have to be stopped;
  • supervise the observer during their observations;
  • execute part of the observations for many ongoing projects;
  • help the MONS users.