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 2018). Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD.
About 8 positions shall be offered for this call, shared between ESAC (Spain) and ESTEC (Netherlands).
WHO CAN APPLY?
The Research Fellow Programme is open to nationals of the following states: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and Canada; Bulgaria, Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia as European Cooperating States (ECS).
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.
The Fellowship Programme does not currently grant fellowships in institutions outside of ESA.
HOW TO APPLY
Fill in the online application form attaching to it uploading,your CV, your motivation letter and your research proposal. Your research proposal must clearly state:
- Section 1: Title of Research Project (provide a short title for your research project)
Please make sure that you identify a staff member as a mentor.
- Section 2: Purpose of Fellowship at ESA (in about 250 words, give a very brief summary of your research programme and explain why it is relevant to ESA's science activities. In other words, why is it important that you do this at ESA?)
- Section 3: Current and past research and future plans for the fellowship (use up to about 1500 words and a couple of figures, plus any references, to provide a detailed description of your current and proposed research)
- Section 4: List of publications (list separately refereed and unrefereed papers, give authors, title and bibliographic reference but no abstract, unless the paper is unpublished)
For your research proposal, please use this Word template or this LaTeX template.
Take into account that applications wll be reviewed by a panel of space scientists who may not all be expert in your area. The evaluation criteria will be the scientific value of the proposal, the value for ESA, the realism and the productivity of the applicant.
Candidates must also arrange for up to three letters of reference to be sent by e-mail, before the deadline, to email@example.com. The letters must be sent by the referees themselves. The candidate's name must be mentioned in the subject of the email.
Applications satisfying the general conditions for eligibility, to be submitted by 2 October 2017, will be evaluated and successful applicants will be invited for an interview.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE APPLICATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED?
Enquiries on the scientific aspects of the programme can be sent at any time to the fellowship coordinators.
Within six to eight weeks of the application deadline, candidates selected for an interview will be notified. Interviews will take place within two months. Besides an interview, candidates are asked to give a short talk (15 min + 5 min for questions) to present their current and proposed research programme at a jamboree open to the whole science faculty.
During their visit, normally lasting two days, candidates are encouraged to interact with other fellows and staff members, to familiarise themselves with the ESA science faculty. Successful candidates will be notified by early February and normally fellowships commence in the autumn (September/October).
Note that it is required to have obtained a PhD before starting the fellowship.
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