ESA's postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme offers young scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology.

Research Fellowships in Space Science & Exploration specifically offer the opportunity to contribute to ESA's endeavour to explore our Solar System and the Universe in the fields of human and robotic exploration, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics and fundamental physics.

Research Fellows also help foster a lively scientific environment in the directorate, inspiring ESA scientists to get involved in new scientific activities. The Research Fellowship programme nurtures and strengthens the links between ESA and the scientific communities in the Member States.

Approximately 8 ESA Fellowships in space science and 6 in Human and Robotic Exploration will be offered this year, to join the pool of about 30 research fellows in Space Science and Exploration spanning the two Directorates (Science and Human and Robotic Exploration).

Duration: Appointments for an ESA Research Fellowship are initially for two years, with a third year extension frequently granted.

Location: Research Fellowship in Human and Robotic Exploration are located at ESTEC. Research Fellowships in Space Science can be taken at any of three locations: