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 Communication 31/12/2023 Unpaid Associate Garching
ESO Studentship Programme Chile 2022/2023 30/11/2022 Student Santiago
ESO Studentship Programme Europe 2022/2023 30/11/2022 Student Garching
ALMA Postdoctoral Fellow 31/10/2022 International Staff Member OSF, San Pedro de Atacama and Santiago
Software Engineer (Dataflow Development) 26/10/2022 International Staff Member Garching
ESO Fellowship Programme Europe 2022/ 2023 15/10/2022 Fellow Garching
ESO Fellowship Programme Chile 2022/ 2023 15/10/2022 Fellow Santiago
Quality and Process Manager 14/10/2022 International Staff Member Garching
Optics Engineer 08/10/2022 International Staff Member Paranal
Summer Internship: Science Journalism in Chile 05/10/2022 Unpaid Associate Santiago