Advert. No. 2017_0052
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 Electronic Engineer to join our ALMA Technical Team (ATT).

Electronic Engineer


Vacancy closed on 05/12/2017

Deadline 05/12/2017

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 ALMA, the world's biggest observatory with 66 radio telescopes at 5000 m altitude, working.
  • Real team work: Join our teams of engineers and scientists to deliver and maintain high quality mechanisms and controls, 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 deliverables to the observatory.

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 product qualification standards: You have experience in developing a product from the definition of the requirements to the qualification and verification.
  • Experience with product improvement and optimization: You have experience with the optimization processes of a product whose implementation bring advantages in terms of reliability, maintainability and reduction of operational costs.
  • Knowledge of Electronic Controls and Embedded software: You know how to develop embedded software for PLC's, configure electronic interfaces, and have a sound understanding of the CANbus standard.

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


University degree in Electronic Engineering, 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 for extensions up to a maximum contract duration of three 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 also involves duty travel to the ESO sites in Chile and/or partner institutes in Europe, North America and Japan. There needs to be a willingness to travel to and occasionally work at 5000 m altitude.


Please apply online via our ESO Recruitment Portal. Your application must be in English and include a motivation letter and CV.

Closing date for applications is further extended to 5th December 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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