ELT Deputy Telescope Scientist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Archive Date: 
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Job Summary
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European Southern Observatory (ESO)
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Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2
Garching bei München
Job Announcement Text: 

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. On Cerro Armazones, ESO is building the 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), which will become "the world's biggest eye on the sky" and whose operations will be fully integrated into the Paranal Observatory.

Due to the need for additional resources associated with the ELT programme, for its ELT Programme Office, within the Directorate of Programmes at its Headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany, ESO is advertising the position of ELT Deputy Telescope Scientist.

This is an excellent opportunity for physicists/astronomers with experience in optics and instrumentation. The role is foreseen to support the ELT Telescope Scientist in providing assistance in the planning for, and execution of, the commissioning activities for the telescope.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As a physicist/ astronomer, the postholder will work within the Programme Engineering Team, collaborate with the ELT Telescope Scientist and the ELT Wavefront Architect in developing and deploying the commissioning strategy for the ELT;
  • Become distinctly familiar with all aspects of the control strategy of the ELT and will collaborate with the Assembly Integration and Verification team in the development of a coherent plan for the commissioning of the ELT;
  • Participate in the development and testing at ESO HQ in Garching of the metrology systems and of the control system of the ELT prior to installation at the Armazones site;
  • Participate in the execution of the ELT commissioning plan at Armazones;
  • The Deputy Telescope Scientist has 20% of their time reserved for individual research.


Duty Station: Garching near Munich, Germany. Duty trips to the La Silla Paranal observatory, or temporary relocation to Chile, can be expected during commissioning of the ELT.


For further details and instruction on how to apply, please visit: http://jobs.eso.org/

Closing date for applications is 4 October 2020.

Included Benefits: 

Remuneration and Contract:

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. 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, in particular for the ELT Programme, and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For any further information, please visit ESO's conditions of employment (https://www.eso.org/public/jobs/conditions/intstaff/). Please note that the contract policy and in particular the regulations concerning fixed-term and indefinite contracts are currently under review which may lead to changes in the contractual conditions applicable to this position.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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