Advert. No. 2017_0049
Working at ESO

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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 Documentation Specialist to join our ALMA Technical Team (ATT).

Documentation Specialist


Vacancy closed on 05/11/2017

Deadline 05/11/2017

What we offer:

  • International environment: You will collaborate with engineers and scientists from around the globe.
  • Opportunity to look beyond your horizons: You will contribute to keep some of the world's biggest observatories working.
  • Real team work: Join our teams of engineers and scientists to deliver and maintain high quality documentation just to make sure we don't miss anything that happens in the universe.
  • Shape your own future: We give you the opportunity to use your own experience and knowledge to constantly improve our documentation.

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 with Technical Documentation: You know how to write maintenance manuals of complex mechanisms. You have experience with editing software tools and with the norms regulating the writing styles and the safety of the machinery.
  • Experience with the management of Document Repository Systems and use of Content Management Systems: You have experience with the user customization of a Document Management System and with the transfer of large number of documents into the system. You know how to edit web content in Adobe CQ5.

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


Technical Writing diploma or equivalent.

Language Skills:

A very good command of the English language - oral, reading and writing - is essential. A working knowledge of Spanish language would be beneficial.

Reports to:

Head of the ALMA Technical Team (ATT) in the ESO ALMA Support Center Division (Directorate of Operation).

Remuneration and Contract:

We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive 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 one year. There is a possibility of extension up to a maximum contract duration of two years subject to individual performance and organisational requirements, and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For any further information, please view ESO's conditions of employment.

Starting Date:

As soon as possible

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, CV. Also requested are samples of your work i.e. a technical document that you have written.

Closing date for applications is 5th November 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 European 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 working in areas of frontline technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit ESO homepage and for further details.

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