Advert. no. 2022_0012
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.


For ESO's Department of Communication, within the Office of the Director General at its Headquarters in Garching, ESO is advertising the position of

Video and Multimedia Generalist


Vacancy closed on 24/04/2022

Deadline 24/04/2022

We are looking for a motivated professional with the skillset of an expert multimedia generalist, who combines strong expertise in concept development and graphic design with hands-on experience as videographer and video editor. You will take care of the video production of inspiring and innovative astronomy content for ESO's various communication channels, including camera and light, editing and postproduction. As a member of the Creative Team you will work side by side with seasoned visual artists, science writers and designers. Additionally, you will support the Head of Creative Team in creative conception and development of projects and follow them through to realization.

ESO's Department of Communication is responsible for internal and external communication for the Organisation. Our goals are to spread excitement and knowledge about 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 through decision-makers and industry partners, to journalists and members of the public. We also work 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:

  • Filming high-quality documentary footage and interviews (in the studio and on location), including camera, light setup, sound and quality control
  • Developing ideas and creative concepts with regards to target audience, storytelling and design
  • Organising and managing shootings, briefing contractors and guiding people on set
  • Editing and postproduction of videos, including audio, sound, typography and motion graphics
  • Managing ESO's green screen studio and film equipment
  • Maintaining ESO's image and video archive
  • TV broadcaster support and occasional photography
  • Collaborating closely with other members of the Creative Team and with ESO scientists and engineers on a variety of products and formats

Reports to:

Head of Creative Team

Key Competences and Experience

  • You have a strong portfolio/reel as a videographer or multimedia artist and at least three years of experience working within professional teams on various productions
  • You are experienced in handling cameras and lights and used to working with hard- and software daily. Expert knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite is essential
  • You know how to tell a story with images and have a strong sense for tonality, rhythm, and style
  • You have a keen eye for graphic design and skills in typography and motion graphics. Experience working with VFX or 3D animation is a plus
  • You enjoy collaborating within a diverse team on a variety of different productions
  • You can organize and manage multiple projects in parallel and stay relaxed when working to tight deadlines or in situations that require spontaneous problem-solving (e. g. on set)
  • You are excited by the idea of developing innovative concepts to communicate about astronomy
  • You are eager to learn new things and enjoy widening your skillset
  • You have strong communication skills and combine that with enthusiasm and a can-do mentality
  • You have a driver's license category B


Degree or higher-level education in graphic design, multimedia, or related subject or equivalent in work experience.

Language skills:

An excellent command of English is essential. Knowledge of German or Spanish is an advantage.

Remuneration and Contract:

We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, 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 contract is for a fixed term duration of three years, and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. There may be a possibility of extension(s) 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 ESO's conditions of employment ( Please note that the contract policy and in particular the regulations concerning fixed-term and indefinite contracts are currently under review which may lead to changes in the contractual conditions applicable to this position.

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. 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 24 April 2022.

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, ethnicity or religion.

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