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January 18, 2019

Vacancies: Join φ-lab

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Do you want a career at the cutting edge of new space technologies? Have you expertise in artificial intelligence, small-sats, high altitude pseudo-satellites, computer science, distributed ledgers, quantum computing or the new space economy? Do you want to use your knowledge to make new earth observation and space systems? Do you want to work in a fast-paced environment where teamwork makes your ideas a reality in 2 or 3 months? Then apply today for current open positions at ESA’s Φ-lab (Frascati, Italy).

Current open positions

These posts are only open to nationals of ESA Member States or Cooperating States. The posts are in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes. ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. Applications from women are encouraged, and priority is given to applicants from under-represented Member States. If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email 

Φ-lab Background

The Φ-lab’s mission is to accelerate the future of Earth Observation (EO), by helping Europe’s earth observation and space researchers and companies adopt disruptive technologies and methods. Right now, we’re working with Artificial Ingelligence (AI) on data from the Copernicus programmeEarth Explorer missions and cubesat satellites, drone and hyperspectral payload data and VR. HAPs, quantum technologies and distributed ledgers are on our to-do list. Φ-lab is part of the ESA Earth Observation Programme’s Φ-Department developing future systems for earth observation. Φ-lab also hosts ESA’s InCubed programme, providing rapid funding of innovative public private partnerships to exploit new EO markets. Φ-lab also convenes experts from across the World to develop research agendas on the relevance for EO of emerging technology topics including AI, distributed ledgers and quantum computing.

Φ-lab tests concepts in 1-3 month Case Studies executed by a multidisciplinary research team that you’d be a part of. Find more about the on going Case Studies.