Gaia Vacancies



09/11/2021 Post-doctoral position in Gaia DPAC Coordination Unit 4 to adequately process resolved binaries

There is an opening for a post-doctoral position to work within Gaia DPAC (Data Processing and Analysis Consortium) to adequately process resolved binaries.  The Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) is a consortium of over 400 scientists and software engineers who are processing the data that arrives from ESA's Gaia spacecraft.

A major problem to be solved before Gaia Data Release 4 (2025) relates to stellar images not correctly matched by a single point-spread function (PSF). These situations cause severe problems in the further astrometric and binary-star processing, handled by the so-called Coordination Units "Core Processing" (CU3) and "Object Processing" (CU4). The objective of the project is to solve this problem by adding the necessary processing to the existing architecture.

Although based in Brussels (Université libre de Bruxelles), the successful candidate will work in close collaboration with colleagues from CU3 and CU4, located at ESAC (Madrid), Observatoire de Paris and CNES (Toulouse). The Brussels Gaia DPAC team consists of three researchers (A. Jorissen, C. Siopis, G. Sadowski) working in the framework of Gaia CU4-NSS ("Non-single stars") who will provide regular guidance as well.

Applicant's Profile:
- The candidate must have a PhD in physics, preferentially astrophysics.
- The candidate must have a strong interest in "big data" processing (knowledge of Java is an asset).
- Some knowledge about image processing, astrometry and the Gaia DPAC environment will be a strong asset.
- Working in such an international team requires capacity of teamwork and a very good level of English language.

Interested candidates should send their CV with a motivation letter and request two referees to send their recommendation letter directly to A. Jorissen (Alain.Jorissen at The contract is for one year, with possible extension depending on funding. It is funded by Belspo - PRODEX (Belgian Science Policy Office). Applications are open until December 31, 2021. The position should start as soon as possible.

Université Libre de Bruxelles is a complete university maintaining 40 bachelor and 150 master programs, for 30 000 students of 140 nationalities, and hiring 9000 employees. More information on the Institut d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique, belonging to the Physics Department of the Science Faculty, can be found at


23/09/2021 Vacancy for a postdoc in the GaiaUnlimited Project

A vacancy for a post-doctoral research position opens up at the University of Torino in Italy to work on the GaiaUnlimited Project. More information on this position can be found from the Torino website. Deadline for the application is 1 November 2021.


30/08/2021 Vacancies for Research Fellowships in Space Science

Today the opportunities for Research Fellowships in Space Science were announced at the ESA Careers website. Approximately 12 ESA Fellowships will be offered this year in Space Science. Deadline for applications is 27 September 2021. Check out the opportunities!


08/06/2021 Postdoctoral position at the Astrophysical Observatory of Turin

A 2 + 1 year postdoc at the Astrophysical Observatory of Turin is available for someone interested to become part of the GaiaUnlimited project, a project which aims to develop the Gaia survey selection function. More information can be found here.


21/04/2021 Postdoctoral research position in Heidelberg

Postdoctoral research position open on Gaia data analysis at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg. More info here.


16/11/2020 ESA internship opportunities

A new round of ESA internship opportunities are now available at the ESA Careers website. Check out the internships in the Directorate of Science, including internships making use of Gaia Mission data!


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.