Welcome to the ESO Recruitment Portal

Welcome to the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Recruitment Portal. All of our current vacancies are listed below. We hope that you find the desired opportunities and look forward to receiving your application.

ESO strives to attract and appoint exceptional talents to support its development as a world leader in Astronomy. We recruit individuals who demonstrate a range of far-reaching skills including integrity, academic excellence, initiative, problem solving and leadership. ESO provides the opportunity to work in a truly international environment, with access to cutting-edge technology and front-line scientific research.

Members of the personnel at ESO are engaged as International Staff Members, Local Staff Members, Fellows, Students or Associates. They represent a wide spectrum of professions in the capacity of scientists, skilled engineers, technicians and administrative staff.

Fellows and post-doctoral scientists are recruited by the organisation in order to foster their scientific careers. Associates work under short-term contracts with ESO to perform certain tasks in the field of scientific research, or for technical or administrative support. Post-Graduate Students spend up to two years at ESO within the framework of the Studentship Programme.

Further details are available under Employment Conditions.

ESO is a member of the EIROforum. For more information including details of the member organisations and links to their vacancies can be viewed at the EIROforum.


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PositionDeadlineStaff categoryLocation
Internship Science Journalism 2017 31/12/2017 Unpaid Associate Garching
Internship Graphics Design 2017 31/12/2017 Unpaid Associate Garching
ESO Studentship Programme Chile 2016/2017 15/11/2016 Student Santiago
Studentship Programme Europe 2016/2017 15/11/2016 Student Garching
Library Technology Specialist (Part-time) 15/10/2016 Paid Associate Garching
Fellowship Programme Europe 2016/2017 15/10/2016 Fellow Garching
Fellowship Programme Chile 2016/2017 15/10/2016 Fellow Santiago
Mechanical Workshop Leader 13/10/2016 Local Staff Member Paranal
Summer Studentship Chile 2017 05/10/2016 Internship Paranal
Software Engineer - Science Operations Software 03/10/2016 International Staff Member Garching
Operations Staff Astronomer-VLTI 30/09/2016 International Staff Member Paranal