ESO Fellowship Programme Europe and Chile 2017/2018

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Archive Date: 
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
European Southern Observatory
Street Line 1: 
Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2
Garching bei München
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Fast track your scientific career at Europe's leading astronomy organisation.

Each year, several outstanding early-career scientists have the opportunity to further develop their independent research programmes at the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere. The top caliber and highly dynamic scientific environment support ESO Fellows in steering their career by gaining new skills, unique insights and valuable experience.

Fellowships are available both at ESO's Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, and at ESO's astronomy centre in Santiago, Chile.

ESO's approximately 110 staff astronomers, 40 fellows and 40 PhD students conduct front-line research in fields ranging from exoplanets to cosmology. Observational, theoretical and fundamental astrophysics are all areas where fellows can benefit from one of the most vibrant and stimulating scientific settings anywhere in the world.

ESO Headquarters is situated in one of the most active research centres in Europe, boasting one of the highest concentrations of astronomers. High caliber scientists, instrument experts, and other professionals within easy reach provide fellows with valuable opportunities for starting collaborations and learning new skills. ESO's offices are adjacent to the Max Planck Institutes for Astrophysics and for Extraterrestrial Physics and close to the observatory of Munich's Ludwig-Maximilian University. Additionally, ESO participates in the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Garching campus, which brings together nearly 200 scientists.

In Chile, fellows interact with visiting astronomers from a broad area of research and have the opportunity to collaborate with the rapidly growing Chilean astronomical community and with astronomers at other international observatories located in Chile. The ALMA building next to ESO's Santiago offices with its many astronomers and fellows further enhances the stimulating scientific environment available to ESO Chile Fellows.

At both sites, ESO Fellows are expected to actively participate in ESO's scientific life by proposing and getting involved in the organisation of scientific workshops, co-supervising PhD students, coordinating thematic research groups, joining scientific committees, organising seminars, etc.

For more details, please review the full vacancies for both Europe and Chile available at

The programme is open to applicants who will have achieved their PhD in astronomy, physics or a related discipline before 1 November 2018. Early-career scientists from all astrophysical fields are welcome to apply. While scientific excellence is the primary selection criterion for all fellowships, candidates should also explain (in their motivation letter) how ESO's facilities and environment and their work at ESO would facilitate their scientific development. 

If you are interested in enhancing your early career through an ESO Fellowship at the most advanced ground-based observatory in the world, then please apply by completing the web application form available at

Please include in your application:
* a cover/motivation letter;
* a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and a brief summary of relevant experience (e.g. observing/ technical/ programming/ modelling);
* a proposed research plan (maximum of two pages);
* the names and contact details of three persons familiar with your scientific work and willing to provide a recommendation letter. Referees will be automatically invited to submit a recommendation letter. However, applicants are strongly advised to trigger these invitations (using the web application form) well in advance of the application deadline.

The closing date for applications is 15 October 2017. Review of the application documents, including the recommendation letters, will begin immediately. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Candidates will be notified of the results of the selection process between December 2017 and February 2018. Fellowships will begin in the second half of 2018.

Further information:
For more information about the fellowship programme and ESO's astronomical research activities, please see: For a list of current ESO staff and fellows, and their research interests please see:

For any additional questions please contact:
* For Garching: Eric Emsellem, email:
* For Chile: Claudio De Figueiredo Melo, email:

No nationality is in principle excluded however, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race or religion.



Included Benefits: 

We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary and allowances (tax-free), comprehensive social benefits, and we provide financial support for relocating families. Details of the Terms of Service for fellows including details of remuneration are available at:


Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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