Job Opportunities: Research Fellowships in Space Science & Exploration

The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) postdoctoral Research Fellowship program offers young scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology. Research Fellowships in Space Science & Exploration specifically offer the opportunity to contribute to ESA‘s endeavor to explore our solar system and the universe in the fields of human and robotic exploration, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, and fundamental physics. Research Fellows also help foster a lively scientific environment in the directorates, inspiring ESA scientists to get involved in new scientific activities. The Research Fellowship program nurtures and strengthens the links between ESA and the scientific communities in the member states.

This year, the Directorate for Human and Robotic Exploration is interested in Research Fellows working on various specific projects with brief descriptions found at ​​​​These fellowships are offered at ESTEC, EAC, or ECSAT.

Within the Directorate of Science, we are welcoming all proposals for innovative research associated with one or more of our missions. These fellowships can be taken at any of the three sites: ESAC, ESTEC, or STScI. To learn more about the research conducted by the Directorate’s scientists, please visit the science faculty site at

Duration: Appointments are initially for two years, with a third year extension frequently granted.
Eligibility: Only citizens of ESA member states or countries associated with ESA are eligible.
More information on the Research Fellowship program and on how to apply can be found at

The deadline for applications is October 29, 2020.