ALMA Regional Centre Astronomer

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
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European Southern Observatory
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Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2
Garching bei München
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The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries.

For its ALMA Regional Centre at the Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, ESO is opening the position of ALMA Regional Centre Astronomer.

The ARC is looking for an astronomer with a strong and active research profile. The ARC Astronomer will contribute to core ARC duties, and in particular to those related to user support tasks, such as providing expert assistance to ALMA users by staffing the ALMA Helpdesk and preparing PI observations. The post holder should have a strong interest in maximizing ALMA’s science output through conducting expert user support and operations support tasks.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform general ARC duties which includes Helpdesk support, observation preparation, and quality assurance;
  • Contribution to Astronomer-on-Duty shifts in Chile;
  • Actively participate in ARC Staff Meetings and other ARC/ALMA activities;
  • Proactively propose improvements of existing documentation/processes and suggest new methods to increase quality and efficiency of ARC services;
  • As a member of the ESO Astronomy Faculty, you will be expected and encouraged to conduct a strong personal research programme and to participate actively in the scientific life of ESO and interact with other parts of the wider organisation;
  • The tasks are not limited to the above and a flexible approach and willingness to adapt is required.


A PhD degree in physics, astronomy or closely-related discipline.


  • We seek an astronomer with experience in the analysis of radio/millimetre astronomical data and understanding of the concepts of handling data/projects of large observatories;
  • A demonstrated research record and continuing research programs in astronomy or astrophysics.

Remuneration and Contract:

The contract is for a fixed term duration of three years, and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. There is a possibility of extension(s) subject to individual performance and organisational requirements, and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations.

For further detail on the position and instruction on how to apply, please visit our website:

Deadline for applications: 4 February 2019

No nationality is in principle excluded, however, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, 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 (tax free), comprehensive 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. For any further information, please visit

Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 4, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, March 15, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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