Community Scientist position in the PLATO mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) opens an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for a Community Scientist in the PLATO mission affiliated with institutes located in ESA Member States.
The position is for a duration of three years, which may be renewed.

Job Reference: ESA-SCI-DIR-AO-006
Application deadline: 29 November 2022, 12:00 (noon) CET
Starting date: 1st quarter of 2023
Where: ESA Member States
Duration of the contract: 3 years, renewable

Job Tasks 

Through this AO ESA will appoint one Community Scientists who will join the PLATO Science Working Team. One Community Scientist has been appointed following an earlier AO. The main responsibility of the Community Scientists is to advise ESA on the means to optimise the use of PLATO data by the general scientific community. This includes looking after the interests of the scientific community involved in the PLATO complementary science programmes. In addition, the Community Scientists will be expected to provide support to the communications activities of ESA.

The successful candidate will be appointed, ad personam, by the ESA Director of Science for an initial term of three years, which may be renewed.

An invitation from the ESA Director of Science to respond to this Announcement of Opportunity can be found in the right-hand menu.

Profile’s requirements 

Full details of the appointment requirements and conditions, the contents and formats of the applicant’s proposal, and the evaluation criteria are given in the Announcement of Opportunity document.
Additional important information can be found in the PLATO Science Management Plan and the Definition Study Report, both of which are available to download from the Announcement webpage.

Scientists involved in the PLATO Mission Consortium management (programmatic, scientific, or technical) or who are responsible for hardware or software development and procurement activities are not eligible to apply.

How to apply 

Applications shall be submitted no later than 29 November 2022 through the application form linked in the job announcement page.

Please read the detailed instructions in the Call for Applications or contact the reference people indicated in the announcement.