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Job advertisement Research Fellowships in Space Sciences & Exploration

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European Geosciences Union

Research Fellowships in Space Sciences & Exploration

Research Fellowships in Space Sciences & Exploration

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European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.


Noordwijk, Netherlands


Relevant divisions
Planetary and Solar System Sciences (PS)
Solar-Terrestrial Sciences (ST)

Full time

Entry level

36000 - 45600 € / Year, Basic net salary or take-home pay

Required education

Application deadline
29 October 2020

29 September 2020

Job description

ESA’s postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme offers young scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology. Research Fellowships in Space Science & Exploration specifically offer the opportunity to contribute to ESA’s endeavour to explore our Solar System and the Universe in the fields of human and robotic exploration, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics and fundamental physics.

Approximately 9 ESA Fellowships in Space Science and 9 in Human and Robotic Exploration will be offered this year, to join the pool of about 30 research fellows in the two Directorates (Science and Human and Robotic Exploration).

This year, the Directorate for Human and Robotic Exploration is interested in Research Fellows working on various specific projects with brief descriptions under:
​​​​These fellowships are offered at ESTEC, EAC or ECSAT.

Within the Directorate of Science, we are welcoming all proposals for innovative research associated with one or more of our missions. These fellowships can be taken at any of the three sites ESAC, ESTEC or STScI. To learn more about the research conducted by the ESA scientists, please visit space science research activities.

Duration: Appointments for an ESA Research Fellowship are initially for two years, with a third year extension frequently granted.

Eligibility: Only citizens of ESA member states or countries associated with ESA are eligible.

How to apply

For details on the application procedure please visit: