Head of the Science Division

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, January 31, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
European Space Agency
Department Name: 
Directorate of Science
Job Announcement Text: 

Head of the Science Division

This international civil servant post is classified at grade A5 of the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.

Description :
The European Space Agency (ESA) is recruiting a Head of the Science Division at ESA’s Directorate of Science (D’SCI) The successful candidate will be responsible for providing scientific expertise to studies, projects and missions in all phases, including, where necessary, supporting programmes in other Directorates with scientific content. The responsibilities will include also creating within the D/SCI a lively scientific environment, supporting the faculty across ESA sites (ESAC, ESTEC) and STScI and managing science trainees, students and research fellowship programmes.

Minimum requirements
PhD or equivalent qualification in astronomy, planetary science or solar physics.

Technical competencies
Active research career
Background in one or more of the following domains: solar systems science, astrophysics, space science
Knowledge of space projects, including instrumentation and operations
Steering/leadership experience within the member states and/or international scientific community

Leadership competencies
Promoting diversity
Developing & motivating people
Fostering cooperation & effective team-working
Strategic vision & business context
Leading change

Behavioural competencies
Planning & Organisation
Innovation & Creativity

The closing date for applications is 26 February 2020.

More about ESA
ESA is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada and Slovenia.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 28, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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