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Job Posting: European Space Agency Postdoc and PhD Opportunities

November 20, 2017

Postdoctoral Opportunities

The European Space Agency's (ESA) postdoctoral Internal Research Fellowship programme (RIRF) aims to offer young scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology. Contracts are for 2 years. As of January 2017, the remuneration (or 'take-home pay') for a single expatriate Research Fellow will range from €3,000 to €3,800 per month depending on the location of the ESA Establishment.


  • Applications are accepted from nationals of ESA Member States and European Cooperating States, together with Canada which has a cooperation agreement with ESA.
  • Applicants must have recently completed their PhD in a field closely connected to space activities

For more information about this fellowship and how to apply, please visit the ESA webpage. You can find a list of currently available positions on the ESA Current Opportunities website.

Doctoral Opportunities

ESA also offers the possibility to do a PhD on a space-related subject through their Network/Partnering Initiative (NPI). This is a framework put in place for engineering PhDs initiated by research entities together with the respective ESA department. Accepted proposals are offered support in a number of ways, including co-funding, access to the ESA laboratories, technical support, and networking. For more information please visit the ESA Network Partnering Initiative page.

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