Employment at ESO

Employment at ESO means challenging, stimulating work in an international environment, dealing with cutting-edge technology and front-line scientific research.

People at ESO are engaged as International Staff, Local Staff in Chile, Fellows, Associates or Students.

International staff members and Local Staff in Chile represent a wide spectrum of professions ranging from scientists to skilled engineers, technicians and administrative employees.

Fellows are young, post-doctoral scientists, recruited by the organisation in order to foster their scientific careers. ESO provides state-of-the-art facilities for astronomical observing and the possibility to obtain practical experience during the active pursuit of a research programme.

Associate members of the personnel work under short-term contracts with ESO to perform certain tasks in the field of scientific research, or for technical or administrative support.

Students (post-graduates) spend up to two years at ESO in the frame of the studentship programme. It aims at providing opportunities to enhance the post-graduate programme of ESO member-state universities. Studentships are available either at the ESO Headquarters in Garching or in Chile at the Vitacura Headquarters.