Gaia Vacancies


07/09/2018 Vacancy: ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

ESA has announced an opportunity for post-doctoral research fellowships linked to its science missions, including Gaia. Deadline to submit applications is 1 October 2018. More details can be found on the ESA Faculty Page and on the ESA Careers webpage.

27/08/2018 Vacancy: Internship position: "ESA Astronomical Big Data processing and analysis platform" in Geneva, Switzerland

To fulfill its mission, the Data Processing Centre in Geneva manages the provisioning of the hardware and software processing pipeline that enables scientific modules to deliver data products dealing with stellar variability. The challenge covers, but is not limited to: reaching Petabyte mark in 2020, design and implementation of pipeline is based on distributed database cluster on Postgres-XL and a compute node cluster (polyglot with Java in core).

The goal of this internship/master internship is to work in the DPCG team on the evolution of our Big Data processing and analysis platform in the context of biggest astronomical ESA mission. The duration of the internship is flexible (between 3 and more than 6 months) and is open for discussion. Deadline for the application is 31 October 2018 or until position is filled. More details on this 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.