Advert. No. 2018_0029
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), and the ESO Headquarters are located in Garching, near Munich, Germany.

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.



For its Safety Office at La Silla Paranal Observatory, ESO is opening a Local Staff member position as

Safety Engineer


Vacancy closed on 30/09/2018

Deadline 30/09/2018

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Site Safety Engineer in the implementation of the ESO Safety Policies and Procedures at the sites.
  • Ensure that the site-specific safety regulations are applied.
  • Anticipate, identify and mitigate hazardous conditions practices, and prevent any unsafe operation.
  • Analyse, investigate and report any accident or hazardous incident.
  • Implement and advise others on Safety Procedures for all routine activities where safety is an issue.
  • Organise trainings to the personnel as required for their activities and for the general safety (e.g. brigade training, fire drills).
  • Monitor activities that have specific safety implications (e.g. crane operations, activities such as mirror coatings, unloading of containers, large new installations, etc.)
  • Intervene and stop any unsafe operation.
  • Support staff and contractors in evaluation of risks.

Reports to

Site Safety Engineer.


Several years of professional experience in the field of industrial or construction safety or previous experience as safety professional in an observatory are an advantage.

Key Competences

  • Efficient management of time and resources and a strong sense of team spirit are essential.
  • Skills in oral and written communication both in Spanish and English to deal with the staff, work well with team members and writing procedures and policies on safety, fire prevention, environmental compliance, and occupational health activities.
  • Ability to use personal computers and office software tools to access information, produce reports and prepare correspondence.
  • Flexibility to adjust to new environments and situations.
  • Capability to work without much supervision.


Registered Chilean Safety Engineer, Driving License (B)

Language Skills

The position requires a fluent level of English.

Remuneration and Contract

We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family (if needed) The initial contract is for a period of two years with the possibility of an indefinite extension, subject to evaluation.

Duty Station:

Paranal Observatory located 120 km south of the city of Antofagasta, Chile, with regular visits to APEX, La Silla, and Vitacura premises. The working schedule will be 8 days on duty and 6 days off duty (8x6) with accommodation provided on site.

Career Path:



If you are interested in working in areas of frontline technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit for further details. Applicants are invited to apply online at, and send a motivation letter and CV in English.

Closing date for applications is 30 September 2018.

No nationality is excluded, however non-Chilean applicants must have the pertinent working permit, according to Chilean regulations, at the time of the application.

The post is equally open to suitably qualified candidates irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race or religion.

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