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|ESO Studentship Programme Europe 2022/2023||Closing date: 2022-11-30
Contact: Human Resources
|ESO's studentship positions are open to students enrolled in a PhD programme in astronomy or related scientific fields (observational, theoretical and fundamental astrophysics). Students accepted into the programme work on their studentship project under the formal supervision of their home university supervisor, but they are expected to come to ESO to work and study under the co-supervision of an ESO staff astronomer, for a minimum period of 6 months up to two years during which they are employed and paid by ESO.
|ESO's studentship positions are open to students enrolled in a PhD programme in astronomy or related scientific fields (observational, theoretical and fundamental astrophysics).
Students accepted into the programme work on their studentship project under the formal supervision of their home university supervisor, but they are expected to come to ESO to work and study under the co-supervision of an ESO staff astronomer, for a minimum period of 6 months up to two years during which they are employed and paid by ESO. The candidates applying to the ESO Studentships in Garching are hosted at ESO's Headquarters in Garching (Germany).
Applicants and their home institute supervisors should agree upon and coordinate their research project jointly with their prospective ESO supervisor, and then can apply for a minimum of 6 months and up to two years of ESO Studentship. For this purpose, the ESO supervisor should be contacted well in advance of the application deadlines (next deadline is 30 November 2022).
A list of potential ESO supervisors and their research interests can be found at http://www.eso.org/sci/activities/thesis-topics.html. ESO students benefit from a collaborative, international, and multi-disciplinary scientific environment that values innovation and creativity. They stay in touch with the latest developments in science and have the opportunity to network with top researchers. Moreover, students have the chance to complement their scientific profile by volunteering as co-organisers of several regular science events like Journal Clubs, topical coffees and seminars. Students can be part of the SOC/LOC of conferences hosted at ESO and mentor master students, in collaboration with an ESO Fellow or Staff astronomer.
In addition, ESO welcomes applications to the ESO Visitor Program (https://www.eso.org/sci/activities/garching/personnel/visitors.html) from the University PhD supervisors of the candidates, to support their scientific visit to ESO during the period covered by the ESO Studentship.
Students in Garching may attend and benefit from the series of lectures delivered in the framework of the International Max-Planck Research School on Astrophysics. ESO students have also the possibility to participate in many outreach activities.
If you are interested in enhancing your PhD experience in an international and culturally-rich environment, growing your network of potential collaborators and consolidating your scientific profile through an extended stay at ESO, then please apply by completing the web application form available at http://recruitment.eso.org/.
Please include the following documents in your application:
? a motivational letter;
? a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, if any;
? copies of your university transcript and certificate(s) or diploma(s);
? a summary of your master's thesis project (if applicable) and/or other non-PhD related ongoing projects, indicating the title and the supervisor (maximum half a page);
? a short description of the general scientific plan for the PhD, indicating the tentative title, the home institute supervisor and the start and end date of the PhD (maximum half a page);
? an outline of the proposed project for the Studentship (maximum one page), containing a clear timeline including the tentative start and expected end dates of the Studentship at ESO. The candidate should highlight how the proposed project fits in the context of the overall PhD plan and what are the advantages of coming to ESO. The candidates should also state clearly whether they still must attend classes at the university. If they do, please detail (max half a page extra) the course plan and the estimated workload needed to focus on the classes;
? two letters of reference will be required: a) from your home institute supervisor, and b) your ESO supervisor. Your reference persons, once their name and contact details are entered in the Web application form, will be automatically invited to submit a recommendation letter. Applicants are strongly advised to trigger these invitations (using the Web application form) well in advance of the application deadline (can be done before the final submission of the application);
? a letter from the home institute that: i) guarantees financial support (salary, health insurance and travel money) for the remaining PhD period after the termination of the ESO studentship; ii) states whether all the prerequisites to obtain the PhD degree at the home institute have been met.
All documents should be typed in English (but no translation is required for the certificates and diplomas).
For more information about the studentship programme please see: http://www.eso.org/sci/activities/FeSt-overview/ESOstudentship.html. For a list of current ESO staff and fellows, and their research interests, please see: http://www.eso.org/sci/activities.html. A list of PhD projects currently being offered by ESO staff can be found at: http://www.eso.org/sci/activities/thesis-topics.html. Details on the employment conditions and benefits are available at: http://www.eso.org/public/jobs/conditions/students/.
For further general information about studentship applications, please see our Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ: https://www.eso.org/sci/activities/fellowships-and-studentships/FeSt-overview/ESOstudentship/StudentshipFaq.html. Questions not answered by the above FAQ page can be addressed to Paola Andreani, email: pandrean @ eso.org
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