The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries.
ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in northern Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor (home to ALMA and APEX), and the ESO Headquarters are located in Garching, near Munich, Germany.
At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world’s most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory, and will host and operate the southern array of the Cherenkov Telescope Array, the world’s largest and most sensitive high energy gamma-ray observatory. ESO is a major partner in ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. And on Cerro Armazones, ESO is building the 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope (ELT),which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky” and whose operations will be fully integrated into the Paranal Observatory.
Due to the need for additional resources associated with the ELT Programme, within the Directorate of Programmes at its Headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany, ESO is advertising the position of ELT Documentation and Configuration Management Officer.
The ELT Documentation and Configuration Management Officer works under the guidance of the ELT Programme and System Engineers in managing the document archive and the product configuration repositories of the ELT Programme, to ensure that they are updated and accessible by the users whilst meeting required standards of accuracy, quality and integrity and enforces the documentation and configuration management processes as defined within the Programme.
The ELT Documentation and Configuration Management Officer is responsible, together with the ELT Document Controller, for keeping the ELT document archive updated according to the Programme evolution as well as for processing, archiving and making the documents available to the authorised users, in a timely, accurate and efficient manner. The ELT Documentation and Configuration Management Officer will also act as backup for the Document Controller during absence. He/She contributes as well to keep the configuration of the ELT products properly under control.
The tasks are not limited to the above and a flexible approach and willingness to adapt is required.
Bachelor degree ideally in a relevant subject (records management, technical writing, documentation, library and/or information sciences), or a degree plus relevant extensive practical experience and evidence of continuious professional development.
The position requires an excellent commany of the English language both written and orally. Additional knowledge of other European languages, such as Spanish and/or German is considered an asset.
We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in daycare.
ESO aims to support members of personnel in maintaining a good work-life balance (https://www.eso.org/public/jobs/conditions/intstaff/#work-life-balance) between their professional and private life.
ESO is also committed to offering family-friendly support (https://www.eso.org/public/jobs/conditions/intstaff/#familyfriendly-support), creating a work environment and policies which allow staff to balance their professional and private responsibilities through flexible working arrangements and financial support for families.
The contract is for a fixed term duration of three years, and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. There is a possibility of extension(s) subject to individual performance and organisational requirements, in particular for the ELT Programme, and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For any further information, please visit ESO's conditions of employment. Please note that the contract policy and in particular the regulations concerning fixed-term and indefinite contracts are currently under review which may lead to changes in the contractual conditions applicable to this position.
Garching near Munich, Germany with possible duty trips to all ESO sites in Chile.
Career Path: IV
If you are interested in working in areas of frontline science and technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit http://www.eso.org for further details.
Applicants are invited to apply online at http://jobs.eso.org/. Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter and CV. Within your CV, please provide the names and contact details of three persons familiar with your work and willing to provide a recommendation letter upon request. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.
Deadline for applications: 31 October 2021
Interviews are expected to start soon after this date.
ESO has established diversity as an important value of the Organisation, is committed to providing an equal opportunities environment and is actively seeking to promote a diverse and inclusive workforce.
No nationality is in principle excluded, however, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Chile irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion.