Francisco Montenegro

Head of APEX Science Operations - ESO
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Phone +56 2 25950800 (ext. 218)
Visiting address ESO Vitacura Alonso de Córdova 3107 Vitacura Santiago Chile

Academic interests

During my early career as astronomer I was working on large infrared surveys and later on the characterisation of the radio-emitting Broad Absorption Line (BAL) Quasars, trying to understand whether those were regular quasars viewed from particular angles, or going through specific evolutionary phases. When I moved to ESO I got interested in observational techniques, the study of calibration sources and the commissioning of instrumentation for the Atacama PathFinder EXperiment (APEX). More recently, I focused on making observatory processes more efficient through data-driven approaches and I am interested in the potential of machine-learning and AI techniques applied to astronomical datasets.


  • 2005 - 2008     PhD thesis "Radio-loud BAL QSOs" Univ. La Laguna (Spain) / Istituto di Radioastronomia, Bologna (Italy). Supervisors: K.-H. Mack, J.I. González-Serrano, I. Pérez-Fournón
  • 2003 - 2005     Master (DEA) Univ. La Laguna (Spain) / IRA-Bologna (Italy)
  • 2001 - 2002     BSc in Astrophysics. Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
  • 1996 - 2000     First cycle of physics studies at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Positions held

  • 2015 - 2021     ESO - Head of APEX Science Operations

  • 2009 - 2014     ESO - Atacama PathFinder Experiment (APEX) Operations astronomer

  • 2003 - 2004     Research Herschel/SPIRE student, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), Spain


Tags: WP4-Operations, ESO, Active Galactic Nuclei, Observations, Apex
Published Nov. 24, 2021 11:48 AM - Last modified Aug. 15, 2022 10:16 AM