Gaia Vacancies


08/12/2017 Opening for Gaia software developer at ARI in Heidelberg, Germany

The Astronomisches Rechen-Institut at Heidelberg University is opening a 3-years position for a software developer to work in the Gaia First Look group.

The Gaia First Look is the task to check on a daily basis, whether Gaia reaches the targeted level of precision and whether any problems have occurred on board Gaia. The selected person will participate in the advancements and maintenance of the Gaia First Look software and assist the First Look Scientists in investigating and interpreting potential problems and previously unperceived, subtle effects which could affect all data and potentially result in a loss or damage of many months of data if not detected in a timely manner.

Applicants must possess a college graduation in software development or a Ph.D in astronomy or physics. The position is available for three years and from the start of 2018 on.

Candidates are invited to submit their CV, motivation letter, previous work and possibly recommendation letters to Michael Biermann, if possible before end of January.

23/11/2017 Vacancy: Young graduate traineeship for Astrophysics

Interested in working on the Gaia data release 2 data as part of the Project Scientist team?

Gaia DR2 data will contain radial velocities for a few million of the brightest objects. The aim of the traineeship is to study the Gould Belt with Gaia DR2. The Gould Belt is a local, young, flattened, expanding “superstructure” in the disk of the Milky Way composed of open clusters, OB associations, gas and dust complexes and associated star-formation regions such as Ophiuchus and Orion.

The Gaia DR2 has significant potential for addressing various open issues linked to the Gould Belt such as stellar membership, kinematics, formation scenario, and the question of the propagation of triggered star formation.

More information on this traineeship can be found here. Closing date for applications is 17 December 2017.

23/11/2017 Vacancy: Post-doctoral position in Astrophysics and/or Cosmology

The Internatial Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern (Switzerland) has an opening for a post-doctoral position in Astrophysics and/or Cosmology for a two-year period, ideally starting in May 2018. Deadline for applications is 15 January 2018. More information can be found here.

08/09/2017 Vacancy: ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

ESA has announced an opportunity for post-doctoral research fellowships linked to its science missions, including Gaia. Applications can be submitted until 2 October 2017. More details, including the detailed vacancies, can be found here. Addtional information is provided on the Research Fellowship website.


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.