Director of Science 

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Publish Date: 
Friday, June 17, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, July 29, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
The European Space Agency (ESA)
Villanueva de la Cañada
Job Announcement Text: 


The post will be based at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villanueva de la Cañada (Spain), with regular presence at ESA Headquarters in Paris required.

The European Space Agency (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.


The Director of Science is responsible for the definition, planning and execution of the Agency’s Science Programme, for setting the cooperative links with the related programmes of ESA Member States and international partners and for the definition of the scientific elements of exploration projects, as well as of the PRODEX Programme. The Director will provide, as required, scientific advice and support to programmes managed by other directorates of the Agency.


We are looking for candidates with a minimum of a master’s degree in a scientific subject, solid experience in management and a strong technical background.


Applicants should be top-level scientists of high international repute with in-depth knowledge and experience in functions related to the role. Experience in flight hardware and management of large-scale international scientific projects will be an important asset, as will experience in the field of space activities, preferably acquired in an international setting, and with industry.

Key qualities required for the post are an innovative spirit and a strategically-oriented mind, a proven capacity to lead change and manage people and teams, excellent relationship management and negotiation skills and the ability to influence high-level decisions.

The detailed job profile and requirements are available here.

Applications should be addressed, in the form of a cover letter and CV, to the Head of the Human Resources Department and submitted at the e-mail address: [email protected].

For more information and to apply please visit our careers page

Closing date to apply: 28 July 2022

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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