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Internal Research Fellow (PostDoc) in Optical Instrument Performance Enhancement Techniques

European Space Agency


Posted 3 weeks ago


Join the forefront of space exploration with ESA's innovative Optics Section and contribute to groundbreaking optical R&D in space technology


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ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

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Organisation Summary

Be a part of the European Space Agency (ESA), a beacon of technological advancement and space exploration. ESA is dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of the cosmos and enhancing our understanding of the universe. Working within the Optics Section of the Mechatronics and Optics Division, you'll contribute to essential R&D efforts, developing cutting-edge optical systems for various space applications, from UV to far infrared spectrums.

Role Summary

  • Contribute to ESA projects by providing functional support in optics.
  • Engage in pioneering technology research and development for space optics.
  • Design and analyze novel optical systems, including spectro-radiometric imaging instruments.
  • Work on interferometers and associated verification and characterization equipment.

Role Requirements

  • PhD in optics or physics, preferably obtained within the last five years.
  • Expertise in conceptual optical design, performance analysis, and radiometric budgeting.
  • Proficiency in test and verification methods for optical instrumentation.
  • Skills in algorithm development and data processing using relevant software tools.
  • Proficiency in English or French, with additional language skills as a bonus.


ESA is committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Special encouragement is given to women and individuals with disabilities, with a supportive environment and necessary accommodations provided.

Application Process Details

  • Submit your CV and motivation letter through ESA's recruitment portal.
  • Include a detailed 5-page research proposal in the 'additional documents' section.
  • For any required assistance during the recruitment process, contact ESA's Human Resources at [email removed - click apply for more details].

Our team and mission The post will be open in the Optics Section, Mechatronics and Optics Division, Mechanical Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality. The Optics Section provides functional support to ESA projects and carries out technology research and development (R&D) in optics for space applications. The Optics Section’s activities cover the development of novel optical systems, such as spectro-radiometric imaging instruments, operating from the UV to the far infrared spectral range, and interferometers, including the relevant optical ground equipment for their verification and characterisation.

Job requirements You should have recently completed or be close to completing a PhD in optics or physics. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years. You should also have the ability to perform conceptual optical design, performance analysis and radiometric budgeting of optical instrumentation. Knowledge of test and verification methods for optical instrumentation. The capability to develop algorithms, and to process and analyse data using appropriate software tools. The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

Benefits ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

Application details In addition to your CV and your motivation letter, please add your proposal of no more than 5 pages outlining your proposed research in the 'additional documents' field of the 'application information' section. At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us at [email removed - click apply for more details].


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