European Space Agency

Datum objave: 14. 9. 2021
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Internal Research Fellow - Postdoc (regular employment, application deadline September 27, 2021)

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

Internal Research Fellow (Postdoc) in the Directorate of Science at ESTEC, ESAC or STScI. This post is classified F2.

ESTEC, European Space Research and Technology Centre, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, or
ESAC, European Space Astronomy Centre, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain, or
STScI - ESA Office, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The opportunity
ESA's postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme offers early-career scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out independent research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications, or space technology . ESA Fellowships provide a unique opportunity to work with scientists and engineers at the forefront of space science, and experience first-hand how ESA works with communities across the Member States to maximise the scientific return from our missions.

Our team and mission
The European Space Agency maintains a world-leading Science Programme with missions in heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics and fundamental physics. The Science and Operations Department (SCI-S), in ESA's Directorate of Science, hosts the scientists and engineers that oversee the space missions from study to end of operations; it develops the science operation systems for the missions and conducts their science operations in flight; and it archives and curates their data during operations and beyond. The Department’s main objective is to maximise the scientific return of the missions for the benefit of humankind. The Department also supports research activities, which are coordinated by the ESA Science Faculty. Research Fellows are encouraged to take leading roles in Faculty research programmes and initiatives, in close collaboration with scientific staff. The Research Fellowship programme nurtures and strengthens the links between ESA and the scientific communities in the Member States. Research Fellows spend their time on their independent scientific research and can choose to spend up to 20% of it on providing support for ESA science-related activities. Candidates are encouraged to visit the ESA website for an overview of ESA’s Science Programme.

Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship
We welcome all proposals for innovative research associated with one or more of our missions (linked from the above website). For an overview of the ongoing space science research activities at the different sites, and more details about the fellowships, please visit our website. Candidates should consult these pages to identify which of the establishments offers the most relevant environment for their research. Candidates are welcome and encouraged to contact any of the scientists working in their areas of interest.

Technical competencies

  • Breadth of exposure coming from past and/or current research/activities
  • Knowledge relevant to the field of research
  • Research/publication record
  • Ability to conduct research autonomously
  • General interest in space and space research
  • Ability to gather and share relevant information

Behavioural competencies

  • Result Orientation
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Fostering Cooperation
  • Relationship Management
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Forward Thinking

Applicants should have recently completed, or be close to completion of a PhD in a related technical or scientific discipline. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD.

Additional requirements

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

Further information
Fellows are members of the ESA Science Faculty, which supports a wide range of research and scientific activities. Fellows are important contributors to these initiatives. More information can be found here.
Research Fellows have no teaching obligations, but do have various opportunities to supervise undergraduate or masters-level student trainees. The review committee will consist of members with diverse areas of expertise. The application should therefore be written for a general audience of space scientists. The application will be evaluated with respect to the candidate’s scientific excellence, the proposed research at ESA (e.g. regarding feasibility, future impact), and synergies with existing ESA research activities at the selected site. See also Further Questions, Tips and Hints. Appointments for an ESA Research Fellowship are initially for 2 years, with the possibility of a 3rd year.

Please refer to the Call for applications
Careers at ESA website

Other information
For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.
The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests. In addition to your CV and your motivation letter, please add your proposal of no more than 4 pages outlining your proposed research in the "additional documents" field of the "application information" section.
At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us at

Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Nationals from Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).
Priority will first be given to candidates from under-represented Member States. (
In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment.

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