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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, and will host and operate the southern array of the Cherenkov Telescope Array, the world's largest and most sensitive high energy gamma-ray 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 (ELT), which will become "the world's biggest eye on the sky" and whose operations will be fully integrated into the Paranal Observatory.


To strengthen design support in its Department of Communication, within the Office of the Director General at its Headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany, ESO is advertising the position of

Graphic Designer


Vacancy closed on 18/09/2020

Deadline 18/09/2020

ESO is looking for a highly motivated and creative graphic designer. This is an opportunity to apply your creative talents and broaden your portfolio. Your work will play a key role in furthering ESO's mission to communicate its exciting programme to a wide range of stakeholders including astronomers, engineers, politicians and the general public.

ESO's Department of Communication is responsible for all aspects of internal and external communication for the Organisation. Our goals are to spread excitement about and further the understanding of the wonders of the Universe, inform about new discoveries and developments in astronomy, technology and engineering and raise awareness of ESO and its impact on society. Our Department covers the whole spectrum of communications, including media relations, content production, public and local outreach, digital communication and internal communication, and engages with a broad range of audiences ranging from scientists and the astronomy community over decision-makers and industry partners, to journalists and members of the public. We also coordinate closely with the ESO Supernova - Planetarium & Visitor Centre for astronomy education activities. The department is based partly at the ESO Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, and partly in Santiago, Chile.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

You will work in a team of designers and produce artwork, layout and design for a broad range of communication products, including print products, such as magazines, reports, brochures, posters and flyers, merchandise, exhibition material, web graphics, presentations and visual identities. You will also develop and implement design solutions for social media and other communication campaigns. In addition, you will contribute to the coordination of production processes.

Reports to:

Head of the Department of Communications.

You will work closely with other designers and creative professionals in the area of print, audiovisual and web production. You will also collaborate with other teams in the Department of Communication as well as stakeholders across the entire Organisation.

Key Competences and Experience

Essential Competences and Experience:

  • Prior experience creating graphics and a solid grasp of design concepts;
  • Enthusiasm for the design process and ability to focus on the different goals of each project;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with other designers;
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Have a creative mind as well as an eye for detail;
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills and ability to deliver parallel products within defined deadlines;
  • Experience with the following tools: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat DC and Office 365 for the creation of Word and PowerPoint templates.

Desirable Competences and Experience:

  • At least 3 years of experience in a relevant professional and multicultural environment;
  • Expertise in using Dreamweaver.


A degree in graphic design or equivalent qualifications.

Language skills:

The position requires an excellent command of English. Knowledge of German and Spanish is considered an asset.

Remuneration and Contract:

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

The initial contract is for a fixed term duration of one year with the possibility of a fixed-term extension subject to individual performance and organisational requirements and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For any further information, please visit

Duty Station:

Garching near Munich, Germany

Career Path: III


If you are interested in working in areas of frontline science and technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit for further details.

Applicants are invited to apply online at Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter, CV and a portfolio of relevant work (a selection of 5 examples). Within your CV, please provide the names and contact details of three persons familiar with your work and willing to provide a recommendation letter upon request. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.

Deadline for applications is 18 September 2020.

Interviews are expected to start soon after this date.

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

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