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 2018 31/12/2018 Unpaid Associate Garching
ESO Engineering & Technology Research Fellowship 2018 15/10/2017 Fellow Garching
ESO Fellowship Programme Europe 2017/2018 15/10/2017 Fellow Garching
ESO Fellowship Programme Chile 2017/2018 15/10/2017 Fellow Paranal
Optical Coating Engineer/Technician 10/09/2017 Paid Associate Paranal
Software Engineer - Verification and Testing 03/09/2017 International Staff Member Garching
Software Test and Integration Engineer 03/09/2017 International Staff Member Garching
Education Coordinator 02/09/2017 International Staff Member Garching
ALMA Instrument Scientist 31/08/2017 International Staff Member Garching
Facilities Management Supervisor 31/08/2017 Local Staff Member Paranal
Head of the ESO ALMA Support Centre 31/08/2017 International Staff Member Garching
ELT Programme Administrative Assistant 31/08/2017 International Staff Member Garching
Mechanical Technical Lead 25/08/2017 International Staff Member OSF, San Pedro de Atacama