Research Programmes

The Science Operations Department conducts research programmes covering many areas of space science. These research activities are coordinated by the ESA Science Faculty, made up of scientists in the three participating establishments. Research Fellows are encouraged to participate in these programmes, led by the scientific staff (with the appropriate engineering, technical and administrative support). Research Fellows can spend their time on their scientific research and have no functional duties. If they so choose they can spend up to 20% of their time on scientific activities in support of an ESA mission. Additionally, they are encouraged to take an active part in the scientific life of the establishments.

The research projects proposed by applicants for an ESA Fellowship should be related to ESA's scientific missions, to the space research programmes of the ESA member states or to the scientific activities of the ESA Science Faculty. A brief summary of the research activities carried out by Faculty members can be found on the following pages:

Interested candidates should consult these pages to identify which of the establishments offers the most relevant environment for their research and to contact any of the scientists working in areas of their interest.