Gaia Vacancies


20/06/2017 Vacancy for a postdoctoral position in stellar/Galactic astrophysics at Dr. Remeis-Sternwarte Bamberg (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Applications are invited to work on the research project "Origin of massive high-velocity stars in the halo", which includes the enigmatic hyper-velocity stars (HVS). The goal is to understand the origin and nature of massive runaway and HVSs. Gaia astrometry will be the project's backbone and shall be utilised, e.g., to identify the origin of the stars, clarify their ejection mechanisms, and to constrain Galactic mass models. A complete sample of high-velocity stars shall be established to test population synthesis models.

Applicants should have a sound knowledge of stellar and Galactic astrophysics. Expertise in Gaia data handling and/or modeling of the Galactic structure would be highly beneficial. Familiarity with population synthesis modeling would be an asset.

The position is funded for three years and the appointment shall start on October 1st, 2017 or later. Applicants should hold a PhD in astrophysics or be close to finishing their thesis. To apply, please prepare a cover letter, a curriculum vitae (including statements on education and research experience) and provide the names of three contact persons who might be asked for letters of reference. Please send your application by July 31st, 2017 (late applications will be considered until the position is filled) as a single PDF file to Prof. Dr. Ulrich Heber or Dr. Andreas Irrgang.

30/05/2017 Vacancy for a postdoctoral fellowship on "Physical properties of evolved open clusters in the Gaia era" at Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux

The Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux invites applications for a postdoctoral position related to the scientific exploration of Gaia Data Release 2 to be published in April 2018. The aim of the project "Physical properties of evolved open clusters in the Gaia era" is to determine the physical properties of nearby old open clusters using the Gaia astrometry combined with photometric and spectroscopic data available from Gaia and from the ground. More information on this position and on the application process can be found here.

Deadline for this application is 15 September 2017. Start date for this position is January 2018.


ESA funding sources

Research Fellowships
ESA's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme is aimed at providing young scientists and engineers, holding a doctorate or the equivalent, with the means of doing research in space science and space applications. The Fellowships are open to nationals of ESA Member States and Canada (associated member). Fellows are hosted at one of the ESA establishments. All Fellowships in ESA's Science Support Office (SRE-S) at ESTEC belong to this category. More details are available from the Research Fellowship website.
Young Graduate Trainees
ESA's Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) programme offers recently graduated men and women, a one-year non-renewable training contract designed to give valuable work experience and to prepare for future employment in the space industry and/or research. More details are available from the ESA website.
Student placements
ESA's Internship Programme assists young people within its Member States interested in space and related areas. It helps them to meet their university requirements to carry out an internship as part of their degree course, and promotes their academic and professional development by placing them under the guidance of experienced professionals. More details are available from the ESA website.

General funding sources

European Commission: The Marie Curie Actions
In the Framework Programme of the Human Resources and Mobility initiative the European Commission provides funding to researchers and research organisations with a view to promoting new skills and participation in multinational research teams. More details on eligability and application procedures are available on the Marie Curie Actions website.
European Researcher's Mobility Portal
This web portal links to a full range of organisations offering training, mobility and career development opportunities for researchers across Europe. A special section is devoted to Fellowships and Grants.