ESO’s prominent postdoctoral fellowship programme in both Garching (Germany) and Santiago (Chile) offers outstanding early-career scientists the opportunity to further develop their independent research programmes. From exoplanets to cosmology, observational, theoretical and fundamental astrophysics, these are all areas where ESO Fellows can benefit from a highly dynamic scientific environment, at some of the most advanced ground-based telescopes in the world.
ESO Postdoctoral Fellowships
Located in one of the most active research centres in Europe, the three-year long Garching fellowship offers plenty of opportunities to start new collaborations. Fellows are expected to engage in functional work for up to 25% of their time, equipping them with essential professional skills in diverse areas.
Chile Fellows, on the other hand, interact with visiting astronomers from a broad area of research, can collaborate with the Chilean astronomical community or with astronomers at other international observatories in the country. ESO Fellows in Chile contribute at a level of 80 nights per year during the first three years, while the fourth year is dedicated exclusively to scientific research. Previous Fellows have stated that hey feel better equipped at writing observation proposals and leading scientific research after having been closely involved in ESO’s operations.
The closing date for applications to begin in 2018 is 15 October 2017. More details can be found here. Applications should be made online through the ESO Recruitment Portal. Separate application forms must be completed for Garching and Santiago fellowships.