Astronomer/Project Scientist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Archive Date: 
Saturday, December 25, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Other
Institution/Company: 
European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Street Line 1: 
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City: 
Garching
State/Province: 
Bavaria
Zip/Postal: 
85748
Country: 
Germany
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

ESO’s Project Science Department, within the Directorate for Science at its Headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany, is advertising the position of Astronomer/Project Scientist.

ESO is looking for an enthusiastic and outstanding scientist, with the prime objective to support and follow the new generation multi-object optical and near-infrared spectrograph for the Very Large Telescope: MOONS. MOONS is a remarkable spectrograph, which will be positioned at one of the Nasmyth foci of the VLT, based on a fiber-positioner with superb multiplexing capabilities, and delivering thousands of low / high spectral resolution spectra. From surveys of nearby stars to remote high-redshift galaxies, MOONS will be a powerful machine to probe the physics of astronomical targets, and to reveal their formation and evolution histories, serving a broad range of science topics and a large community of scientists throughout the world. MOONS is in the final stages of its construction and integration life, with a potential sky commissioning at Paranal in 2024. ESO expects the successful candidate to acquire and/or develop unique competences and skills which will be further applied and developed beyond the early operations of MOONS for future ESO instrumentation projects.

ESO encourages junior-career scientists to apply for this position.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides strong scientific leadership to the assigned instrument programmes within ESO;
  • Acts as the principle scientific contact to the instrument building consortium;
  • Liaises with ESO’s scientific community on issues related to the instruments under their responsibility;
  • Develops, owns and maintains the scientific requirements for the assigned instruments;
  • Works closely with the ESO Project Managers and System Engineers to ensure the implementation of the scientific requirements;
  • Coordinates and connects with the relevant Programme Scientist(s) on the related instruments and projects;
  • Supports the testing, commissioning and early operations. Specifically: preparation for the science operation during design, manufacturing/assembly/integration and testing and commissioning of the instrument in close cooperation with the observatory;
  • Participates in progress meetings and instrument reviews;
  • Tracks the evolving requirements for the assigned instruments emerging from the community;
  • Interacts closely with the observatory and data management teams on operational aspects; and
  • Coordinates the activities of the instrument Science Team.

As a member of the ESO Astronomy Faculty, the successful candidate will be expected and encouraged to conduct a strong personal research programme and to participate actively in the scientific life of ESO.

The tasks are not limited to the above and a flexible approach and willingness to adapt are required.

Qualifications

Essential educational level:

  • PhD in Astronomy, Physics or equivalent

Qualifications which would be an asset:

  • Expertise in multi-object spectroscopy; and
  • Expertise in fiber-fed astronomical instrumentation.

Applicants are invited to apply online via the ESO Recruitment Portal. 

Included Benefits: 

ESO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in daycare.

ESO aims to support members of personnel in maintaining a good work-life balance between their professional and private life. ESO is also committed to offering family-friendly support, creating a work environment and policies which allow staff to balance their professional and private responsibilities through flexible working arrangements and financial support for families.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 31, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Angela Arndt
Institution/Company: 
European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Department Name: 
Human Resources
Street Line 1: 
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City: 
Garching
State/Province: 
Bavaria
Zip/Postal Code: 
85748
Country: 
Germany
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
ESO
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ESO Vacancy Notice: Astronomer/Project Scientist