I am the Director for Science at the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
I am on secondment from the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, located on Blackford Hill at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, where I am Professor of Astrophysics and hold an ERC Advanced Grant (2013--). I study the formation and evolution of galaxies, specialising in observations at far-infrared, submillimetre and radio wavelengths. I currently lead science projects with the Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array (ALMA) in Chile and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA) near Socorro in New Mexico.
Director for Science, European Southern Observatory, 2014-
Professor of Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh, 2013-
STFC Senior Research Fellow (Individual Merit, RCUK), 2007-13, at UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh. Responsibilities over the years: new initiatives (generally), GMOS (for Gemini South), KMOS (for ESO/VLT), HRNIRS/PRVS (successful instrument bid for Gemini, until politics intervened), LSD/LST (the UK precursor to CCAT), FIRI (for ESA).
PPARC Advanced Fellow and lecturer, 1998-2001, University College London.
PPARC Advanced Fellow, 1997-98, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh (based at Joint Astronomy Centre, Hawaii).
Higher Scientific Officer, 1994-97, Royal Observatory Edinburgh. UKIRT support scientist (developed first UKIRT archive).
NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, 1992-94, University of Toronto, Canada and Caltech, USA (with Ernie Seaquist).
University of Central Lancashire, UK, 1985-92. BSc, First Class Joint Honours, Astronomy & Physics, 1988. PhD `A multi-frequency study of symbiotic stars' supervised by Mike Bode and Ian Robson, 1992.
Darwen Vale High School, Lancashire, UK, 1977-84 (a "bog-standard comprehensive", in UK lingo).
- Royal Society Open Science, Subject Editor, Astronomy and Astrophysics
- core member of ASPECS ALMA Large Program
- leading large SDP81 GTO CO1-0 imaging project with the JVLA
- leading multi-configuration CO(1-0) survey of SMGs with the JVLA
- leading study of ultrared dusty starbursts with APEX and ALMA.
- e-MERLIN Legacy Steering Group (Chair)
- European Southern Observatory (STC, UK member)
- ALMA Science Advisory Committee (ASAC, Chair)
- ALMA European Science Advisory Committee (ESAC, Chair)
- ALMA (time allocation) Review Panel (Cycles 0, 1, 2)
- ALMA UK Oversight Committee (Chair)
- Herschel Time Allocation Committee, OT1 and OT2
- STFC Ground-based Review Panel
- RAS Council member
- JCMT Board member
- JCMT Survey Steering Group (Chair)
- JCMT UK Time Allocation Committee and International TAC (Chair)
- PPARC Space Science and Astronomy Committee
- ESA Astronomy Working Group
- Subaru and NRAO VLA referee
- ESA XMM-Newton Time Allocation Committee
- NRAO SAGE - Science Advisory Group for EVLA (later renamed PASEO)
- EWASS SOC 2015, 2016, 2017
- 36 and 52 refereed papers as first and second author, respectively
- Galaxy evolution, primarily via observations at FIR/submm/radio wavelengths
- dust production, particularly in SNe
- Hirsch (ADS) index: 111; Hirsch index/years since award of PhD: 4.1
- Hirsch as 1st and 2nd author: 23 and 32, respectively.
- Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher for 2014 and 2016 (one of 9 and 8 in space science in the UK, respectively).
Last Modified: 24th April 2019.
ESO, Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse-2, D-85748 Garching, Munich, Germany
Tel: +49-89-3200-6669 / Cell: +49-151-185-63-662 / email: rob.ivison [at] eso.org