5 July 2022

Join the team developing the next Extremely Large Telescope (ELT)

The European Southern Observatory, ESO, is currently building the world’s biggest optical telescope, ELT, in the desert in Chile. ESO is looking to recruit a number of engineers for fixed-period projects to develop the telescope.

The giant ELT dome will house the telescope with its enormous 39-metre primary mirror. The telescope will capture the sharpest and clearest images of the universe ever observed.

The Extremely Large Telescope, ELT, will enable researchers to study the Universe in unprecedented detail. Construction of the ELT has already started at Cerro Armazones in Chile’s Atacama Desert, at a height of over 3000 metres above sea level.

Sweden is one of 16 member states in the European Southern Observatory, ESO, and is thereby contributing to the construction of the Extremely Large Telescope, ELT. Big Science Sweden, Biss, is the Swedish Industrial Liaison Office for ESO.

As part of the in-kind contributions from member states, the Swedish Research Council and Big Science Sweden are now looking to recruit one or two engineers from Sweden to work on the completion of the ETL. The successful applicants will be placed for 2-4 years at ESO, either in Garching outside Munich, Germany, or in Chile.


  • Control software engineer
  • Control engineer
  • Detector electronics engineer
  • Physicist or young system engineer for opto-mechanical system simulations
  • Junior engineer for support in configuration control
  • Data engineer
  • RAMS engineer

Register your interest with the Swedish Research Council 

For more information, details about the initial registration procedure, invitations to submit a formal application, and employment conditions, click here.

Send your registration of interest no later than 29 August 2022.

The Swedish Research Council and Big Science Sweden will examine all submitted registration documents. The outcome of this initial screening will be notified to all candidates no later than 9 September. 

Questions? Send a mail to infrastruktur@vr.se.