Head of the Scientific Management Department of the European Research Council since February 2011.
Before joining the European Research Council he was Secretary General for Science and Technology Policy and Director General for Research of the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain (2008-2011). Previously he was Vice-President for Research of CSIC, the Spanish National Research Council (2004-2008).
Formerly, he was a Researcher and Professor of Theoretical Physics occupying positions at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, CERN, CSIC and the University of Santiago de Compostela. His research fields were Quantum Field Theory, String Theory, Knot Theory and Topological Quantum Field Theory.
He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Stony Brook University.