I obtained my PhD in Condensed Matter Physics at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in 1990. I then spent two years at the University of California at Berkeley as a Fulbright fellow, and one year at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid-State Research, as an Alexander-von-Humboldt fellow. In 1993 I became Assistant Professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, where I was tenured by the end of 1995. During my years in Madrid, I spent part of 1999 as Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Superiere de Lyon.
In 2001 I was appointed Lecturer at the Earth Sciences Department in Cambridge. I became Reader in Condensed Matter Simulations in October 2002, and Professor of Theoretical Mineral Physics in October 2006. I was Visiting Professor at the Donostia International Physics Center in the fall of 2003, and Visiting Miller Professor at the University of California at Berkeley for the fall semester of 2007, hosted by the Department of Chemistry.
Since October 2011 I am an Ikerbasque Research Professor at Nanogune, a nanoscience research institute at San Sebastian, Spain, while Professor at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, within Theory of Condensed Matter, TCM (you can also find methere).
Since March 2002 I am Fellow of Clare Hall - College for Advanced Study at the University of Cambridge.