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.

Staff at ESO are engaged as International Staff, Local Staff (Chile), Fellows, Students or Associates. International staff members and Local Staff in Chile represent a wide spectrum of professions ranging from scientists to skilled engineers, technicians and administrative employees. Fellows are young, post-doctoral scientists, recruited by the organisation in order to foster their scientific careers. Associate members of the personnel work under short-term contracts with ESO to perform certain tasks in the field of scientific research, or for technical or administrative support. Students (post-graduates) spend up to two years at ESO in the frame of the studentship programme.

Further details are available under Employment conditions.

ESO is a member of the EIROforum. Find more information regarding the EIROforum with details of the member organisations and links to their vacancies.


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PositionDeadlineStaff categoryLocation
Internship Graphics Design 2015 30/04/2016 Unpaid Associate Garching
Internship Science Journalism 2015 30/04/2016 Unpaid Associate Garching
Electronics Engineer 07/08/2015 International Staff Member Garching
PhD in Adaptive Optics Systems Engineering 15/07/2015 Student Garching
ALMA Head of Administration 14/07/2015 International Staff Member Santiago
Astronomer/Sub-mm Instrument Scientist 30/06/2015 International Staff Member Garching