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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. 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 the Atacama Desert region of Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnator. 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 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.


For its Maintenance, Support and Engineering (MSE) and Science Operations Department at the Paranal Observatory, ESO is inviting students from European and Chilean Universities in their career's last period, to participate in the following programme:

Science Internship Programme in Chile


Vacancy closed on 18/12/2020

Deadline 18/12/2020

ESO is the world's most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. Its approximately 110 staff astronomers, 40 Fellows and 40 PhD students conduct frontline research in fields ranging from exoplanets to cosmology, offering one of the most collaborative and stimulating scientific environment in the world.

The Chile ESO internship programme is open to students enrolled in a MSc or a PhD programme in astronomy or related fields (observational, theoretical and fundamental astrophysics). Outstanding applications from students in their last years of their careers related to the aforementioned fields will also be considered. Students accepted into the programme will work on an internship project under the supervision of an ESO staff astronomer or/and fellow, for a period of one month up to six months.

This call will cover internships expected to begin in the first half of 2021. Due to the covid-19 outbreak the selected applicants will work remotely with the ESO supervisor and will receive a reduced allowance.

How to proceed?

If you are interested in enhancing your early science career and your experience in an international and culturally-rich environment, then please make contact first with a possible ESO supervisor working in your interested research area and agree on a scientific project.

The list of ESO staff astronomers and fellows and their research interests can be found at, and a list of some offered internship projects can be found at

Once you agree on a project, you will write the application together with the ESO staff or fellow and then submit it by completing the web application form available at

Please include the following document in your application:

  • The prepared application file that contains the name of your ESO supervisor, a description of the project with main objectives and timeline (maximum one page) and a justification of the requested months (maximum half a page).

For any additional questions please contact

Deadline for applications is 18 December 2020.

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

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