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The European Southern Observatory (ESO) enables scientists worldwide to discover the secrets of the Universe for the benefit of all. We design, build and operate world-class observatories on the ground. Astronomers worldwide use our telescopes to tackle exciting questions and spread the fascination of astronomy: How did the Universe come into existence? What are black holes? Are we alone in the Universe?

We are an intergovernmental organisation established in 1962 supported by 16 Member States (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom), our host country Chile and strategic partners. ESO brings together over 750 staff from more than 30 countries, and countless more collaborators worldwide, all driven by the passion to build the best telescopes, serve the community and benefit society. We are honoured by the privilege to serve more than 22 000 users from over 130 different countries with excellent infrastructure, services, technologies and data.

The European Southern Observatory Jobs

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      Array and Operations Performance Group Manager

      The European Southern Observatory · Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile

      The successful candidate will work in the Array and Operations Performance Group within the JAO Department of Science Operations. The JAO Department of Science Operations (DSO) consists of four groups: the Array Operations Group (AOG), the Program Management Group (PMG), the Array and Operations Performance Group...

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      Director for Science

      The European Southern Observatory · Garching, BY, Germany

      Reporting directly to the Director General, the Director for Science (DfS) provides the scientific drive of ESO's programme. The DfS is responsible for maintaining a vibrant scientific environment at ESO and coordinates and manages all scientific aspects, including educational ones, of ESO's activities and is...

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      Telescope Instrument Operators

      The European Southern Observatory · La Silla

      The La Silla Observatory is part of the La Silla Paranal Observatory and the main telescopes are 3.6m and NTT with their associated instruments. Additionally, support is given to remote-controlled telescopes as well as hosted telescopes. The Day and Night Operations Support (DNOS) is a group within the La Silla...

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      Winter Students 2024

      The European Southern Observatory · Paranal, Antofagasta, Chile

      The MSE Department of the Paranal Observatory provides technical support to the four VLT 8-m telescopes, to the VLT Interferometer with its auxiliary telescopes and to all instruments available for scientific observations. The telescopes and instruments are complex systems that involve many advanced technologies...

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      Internship: Contracts & Procurement Department

      The European Southern Observatory · Garching, BY, Germany

      Within the Directorate of Administration the Contracts and Procurement Department is responsible for and executes the procurement process. This is done within the framework of the Organisation's policy for awarding contracts for supplies and services as specified in the Financial Rules and Regulations and in the...