European ALMA Programme Scientist (European Southern Observatory)


Garching near Munich, Germany

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The European ALMA Programme Scientist serves as the primary contact between the ALMA Observatory, the European ALMA Support Centre and the European astronomical community with respect to the scientific capabilities, mission and exploitation of the ALMA facility. S/he is responsible for ensuring that the European share of the observatory and its future development will enable ALMA to meet the scientific requirements. S/he monitors the scientific performance of ALMA operations and its compliance to what is required to carry out forefront science.

S/he fosters high-level participation of the community to identify emergent areas of astronomical research and help promote their rapid development. This includes identifying strategies for the best scientific use through the development plan.

Together with the ALMA Observatory Scientist, the North American and EA Programme Scientists, s/he:

  • is a member of the Integrated Science Team (see ALMA Management);
  • helps to set scientific requirements and specifications for ALMA;
  • reviews and monitors compliance with the scientific requirements and technical specifications in the various discipline areas.



  • At least ten years of experience as project scientist, project lead or equivalent within sub-mm scientific programmes or projects;
  • Extensive experience in community liaison and/or community leadership;
  • Several years of contributions to facility oversight and/or advisory structures;
  • A strong record of personal research, demonstrating international recognition in sub-mm related research.

Key Competencies:

  • Outstanding scientific record, based on an extensive use of sub-mm resources, allowing him/her to develop and formulate a scientific vision for ALMA;
  • Excellent leadership qualities, inspiring the community and ALMA Partners to support ALMA as a prime astronomical facility;
  • Outstanding teamwork skills allowing him/her to work closely with the key stakeholders across the ALMA programme (in particular with the other ALMA Programme Scientists, the oversight and advisory committees, as well as the ESO and JAO leadership) and with the other ESO Programme Scientists for the greater good (and interaction) of ESO facilities; Outstanding communication and diplomatic skills, allowing to effectively communicate at all levels within the ALMA partnership and with the community.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or equivalent.

Language skills: The position requires an excellent command of the English language. Additional knowledge of Spanish and/or other European languages would be an advantage.

Další informace

We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (income-tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in day-care.

The contract is for a fixed term duration of three years, and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. There is a possibility of extension(s) subject to individual performance and organisational requirements, and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For any further information, please visit:

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Nabídka vložena 21. 02. 2018 a vyprší 31. 03. 2018

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