Advert. no. 2023_0032
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 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. 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.


The Electronic Engineering Department within the Directorate of Engineering at its Headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany, is advertising the position of

Electronics Engineer


Vacancy closed on 23/09/2023

Deadline 23/09/2023

The position is in the Electrical Telescope and Instrumentation Engineering Group (ETIE), within the Electrical Engineering Department (ELE). The ELE department comprises of 31 Electronics/Electrical engineers and technicians, who are responsible for the definition, design or follow-up and implementation of control systems for optical and infrared astronomical instruments and telescope systems.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Consortia's contract referent person on the Electronic and Mechatronic aspects of Instruments and/or Telescope projects.
  • Follow-up and analysis of Instruments/Telescope Electronics design to ensure their compliancy with ESO guidelines and system requirements.
  • Review of consortia and internal ESO projects technical documentation and mitigation of potential Electronics and Electrical related issues within a multidisciplinary project team.
  • On demand, real time-based electronic systems design, implementation, commissioning, test, and technical documentation writing for instruments and telescopes systems.

Reports to:

Head of the Electrical telescope and Instrumentation Group.

Key Competences and Experience and Skills:

Essential experience/skills you should bring to the job:

  • PLC Technology (Beckhoff and SIEMENS S7).
  • Electronic Design, Integration and test in multidisciplinary systems involving Optics, Mechanics, Control, Software and Electronic.
  • Servo/Drive Applications, PID and motor tuning.
  • Digital and Analog Circuit design and simulation.
  • Ability to monitor its own work, together with an active and open way of communication with Project Management within international multidisciplinary teams.
  • Self-directed and highly motivated with problem-solving attitude, attention to detail and ability to identify key issues and suggest possible solution(s).
  • Experience in support with strong customer focused attitude.
  • Ability to balance conflicting demands and prioritise day-to-day activities vs long-term tasks, and to effectively deliver also under time pressure.
  • Provide clear, concise, and timely oral and written communication.

Desirable experience skills and competences you should bring into the job:

  • EMC, Safety for Machinery, knowledge of EU Norms.
  • E-PLAN, Altium CAD Solutions, PSpice.
  • VHDL/FPGA design within Xilinx and/or Altera ecosystems.
  • High Level programming languages, such as 'C/C++' and/or Python.


Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) from an accredited education institution in Electronic Engineering or equivalent educational level.

Language Skills:

An excellent command of the English language - oral, reading and writing - is essential. A knowledge of German or Spanish would be 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 support to place your child/children in daycare.

Our Salary Structure

ESO's salary structure is based upon a range of career paths which reflect the nature and level of our jobs. Each career path is made up of two or three grades which are used to further reflect experience.

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ESO aims to support members of personnel in maintaining a good work-life balance ( between their professional and private life. ESO is also committed to offering family-friendly support (, creating a work environment and policies which allow staff to balance their professional and private responsibilities through flexible working arrangements and financial support for families.

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.

Starting Date:

As soon as possible

Duty Station:

Garching near Munich, Germany with regular duty trips to all ESO sites in Chile, depending on projects requirements.

Career Path: V


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 and CV. 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 23.09.2023.

Interviews are expected to start soon after this date.

ESO Values

An important element in any successful employment relationship is harmony in values between an organisation and its people.

The ESO Values are:

ESO strives for excellence through innovation.

ESO provides outstanding services to its communities.

ESO fosters diversity & inclusion.

ESO believes in the key role of sustainability for its future.

Achieving the above are recognized as only possible on the basis of personal values and attitudes that we expect from our employees: respect, integrity, accountability, commitment, collaboration, and clear & open communication.

Applicants to any ESO role are asked to reflect on their affinity with these values and advised they may be asked about them if called for interview.


ESO has established diversity as an important value of the Organisation, is committed to providing an equal opportunities environment and is actively seeking to promote a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. Please visit for further details.


No nationality is in principle excluded from employment at ESO, however, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of our Member States, host states and strategic partners: 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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