Gaia Vacancies


14/03/2018 Opening for a research fellowship in Arcetri

If you are interested to support activities for the Gaia mission in Arcetri, have a look at this Research Fellowship position. Deadline for application is 28th of March. Contact person is Elena Pancino.

26/02/2018 Vacancy: Post-doc/engineer position at Paris Observatory

The CU9 validation team at Paris Observatory is looking for a post-doc/engineer. The selected candidate will work in Meudon on the data management, scientific analysis and software development for the processing of astronomical data for the validation of the Catalogues. Further information and details about how to apply can be found here.

09/02/2018 Opening for a computer scientist or astrophysicist at ZAH in Heidelberg, Germany

The Gaia group in Heidelberg seeks a computer scientist or an astrophysicist for a position at the Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH), Germany. Gaia is a space observatory of the European Space Agency (ESA) which compiles a 3D space catalogue of more than one billion stars, i.e. roughly 1% of the stars in our Milky Way. The ZAH operates a partner data center hosting the first two Gaia data releases.

The successful applicant will maintain and expand the services offered by the Heidelberg Gaia data center; this, in particular, comprises the database service based on the ARI/CDS TAP library implementing the Virtual Observatory Table Access Protocol. Service developments should support the scientific exploitability of the Gaia results. This will in particular include coding in several programming and scripting languages (C, java, python, \dots) as well as the design and extension of database systems. The job will include intensive cooperation with local and international partners.

The applicant should have
- at least a Master's degree or equivalent in either physics, astrophysics, or computer science,
- solid skills in software development and knowledge about database systems,
- preferably solid knowledge of at least one field of astronomy,
- proficiency in English and preferably German.

The position is for a fixed term until the end of 2020. Please send your applications to Stefan Jordan,  in one pdf file.  Please include (links to) samples of code you have written. For further information, send mail to the address above or call +49 (0)6221 54 1842. The application deadline is March 15, 2018.

More information on this job position can be found here.


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.