Advert. No. 2017_0024
Working at ESO

Are you interested in working in areas of frontline technology and in a stimulating international environment? Do you feel your profile matches our requirements? Learn more about our current vacancies and apply online. Read more..

The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world's most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in northern Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor (home to ALMA and APEX). The ESO Headquarters are in Garching, near Munich, Germany.

For our Headquarters in Garching we are looking for a

Software Engineer - Verification and Testing


Vacancy closed on 03/09/2017

Deadline 03/09/2017

to join our Software Engineering & Quality group in the Science Operations Software Department.

What we offer:

  • International environment: You will collaborate daily with software engineers and scientists from around the globe.
  • Opportunity to look beyond your horizons: You will be testing and maintaining software applications that keep some of the world's biggest observatories working.
  • Real team work: Join our teams of software developers and scientists to deliver high quality software applications, just to make sure we don't miss anything that happens in the universe.
  • Shape your own future: You will not only be leading a small team of software testers and organise their assignments, but we give you the opportunity to use your own experience to constantly improve processes and test environments.

What we expect from you:


  • Team spirit: Above all, you are a real team player, who understands that only strong collaboration across disciplines will allow us to achieve our goals.
  • Curiosity and eagerness to learn: You are keen to learn new things and understand our complex operational environments as well as scientific applications.


  • Experience in software testing: You have experience in testing software at all levels, from unit testing of individual classes to verification and regressions testing of final applications. Experience in test automation and GUI testing is essential.
  • Coding skills: You are a proficient Java developer and have experience in Python, JavaScript or other scripting languages.
  • Maintenance of test environments: You know how to set up Linux machines, configure web servers, and you have a sound understanding of the Bash shell. Knowledge of SQL databases is a definite advantage. And you want to get better at it!

Is there anything else which qualifies you for this job? Just let us know!


University degree in Computer Science, or equivalent.

Language Skills:

A very good command of the English language - oral, reading and writing - is essential.

Reports to:

Head of the Software Engineering & Quality Group in the Science Operations Department (Directorate of Engineering).

Remuneration and Contract:

We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in day care.

The contract is for a fixed term duration of three years, and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. There is a possibility of extension(s) subject to individual performance and organisational requirements, and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For further information, please view ESO's conditions of employment.

Starting Date:

January 2018

Duty Station:

ESO Headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany. This position involves duty travel to the ESO sites in Chile and/or partner institutes in Europe, North America and Japan.


Please apply online via our ESO Recruitment Portal. Your application must be in English and include a motivation letter and CV. Also required are the names and contact details of three referees. These referees may be contacted at the end of the recruitment process, but not without your prior consent.

Closing date for applications is 3 September 2017.

No nationality is in principle excluded however, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race or religion.

More Information:

At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world's most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory. ESO is a major partner in ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. And on Cerro Armazones, ESO is building the 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope, which will become "the world's biggest eye on the sky" and whose operations will be fully integrated into the Paranal Observatory.

If you are interested in this position and ready to work in a stimulating international environment, please visit the ESO homepage or the ALMA Observatory homepage for further details.

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