Research Fellowships in Space Science
Postdoctorate Position 2 years Europe Wide, Europe Wide
Uploaded 27 Jun 2019
The ESA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme is aimed at providing scientists in the early stages of their career, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means to perform research in space science. 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 2019). Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD and nationals from under-represented states at ESA.
About 8 positions shall be offered for this call, shared between ESAC (Spain) and ESTEC (Netherlands)
Short ESA video clips about the ESA research fellowship programme:
- Maggie Lieu (ESA research fellow)
- Ginevra Favole (ESA research fellow)
- Bruno Altieri (ESAC research fellowship coordinator)
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 :
- For ESAC on the ESAC research areas page and the ESAC Faculty research groups web page
- For ESTEC on the ESTEC faculty research and the ESTEC research programme overview page.
RF candidates should consult these pages to identify which of the two establishments offers the most relevant environment for the candidate’s research proposal and to identify one or more staff members who could act as mentors. While certain research programmes can be pursued at both centres, in most cases the location of the mentor defines where a fellowship can be held.
Appointments for an ESA research fellowship are for two years, with a possible third year extension. The fellowship in space science is tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo near Madrid, Spain.
Note that it is required to have obtained a PhD before starting the fellowship.