ESA Research Fellowship in Space Science
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Deadline: Nov 15, 2020
Grant amount: Approximately €60,000
Fields of work: Physics Planetary Science
Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher
Funding uses: Fellowship
Location of project: Anywhere in the world
Location of residency: Anywhere in the world
Location of citizenship: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom Show all
Must travel to: Netherlands, Spain, Baltimore city, MarylandView website Save
The ESA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme aims at providing scientists in their early stages of career the opportunity to perform research in space science. Research Fellows are also expected to foster a lively scientific environment in the directorate, inspiring ESA scientists to get involved in new scientific activities and nurture and strengthen the links between ESA and the scientific communities in the Member States.
The programme is open to suitably qualified applicants who have completed their PhD (or equivalent) or will have completed it by the start of the fellowship (autumn 2021).
Appointments for an ESA research fellowship are initially for two years, whereas a third year extension is frequently granted. The fellowship in space science may be held at one of three locations:
- European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands
- European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo near Madrid, Spain
- Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
About 8 positions shall be offered for this call, shared between ESAC (Spain), ESTEC (Netherlands), and the ESA office at STScI (Baltimore, USA).
Member States mandate the European Space Agency to act as a science enabler in Europe by implementing exploratory missions with ambitious and compelling scientific goals. Scientists are employed by ESA to carry out research projects in parallel with their functional responsibilities. Functional responsibilities are typically in support of ESA missions. The broad range of Astronomy and Solar System missions in ESA's portfolio generates a large diversity of exciting space research activities and opportunities.
Conditions and Benefits
- Contracts are for two years, frequently renewed for a third year.
- The monthly remuneration (tax free) falls within a predetermined range of €3000 to €3800 per month.
- Fellows may be entitled to an expatriation allowance and/or to an installation allowance on arrival. Removal expenses are not reimbursed. Fellows may be reimbursed travel expenses in economy class (when travelling by air) or in first class (when travelling by train) to their duty station for themselves and, if applicable, for their spouse and children at the beginning and end of their assignment.
- 2.5 days paid leave per month.
- Health coverage under ESA’s social security scheme, which includes medical expenses, invalidity and death benefits. A monthly deduction in remuneration covers these short-term and long-term risks.
- Research Fellows working at STScI (Baltimore, USA) will be issued a G4 visa.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD.
- Strong preference will be given to candidates from under-represented Member States (http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/careers/NationalityTargets.pdf) and from nationals of European Coorporating States.
- Applications from female scientists and other under-represented minorities are especially encouraged.
- The Fellowship Programme does not currently grant fellowships in institutions outside of ESA.