Current Vacancies

The CTAO Central Organisation (CTAO gGmbH) is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are accepted without distinction on any grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, gender identity, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation. 

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In addition to the staff vacancies, this page also offers CTAO Secondment, fellowship, internship and partner positions. Search current opportunities below.

Working at the CTAO

At the CTAO Central Organisation, we believe your success is tantamount to our success. We offer a company culture that embraces diversity, accommodates work-life balance and is steadfast in its values, creating an environment where our employees are challenged and can flourish every day. 

What You’ll Do

The CTAO is entering a new phase of growth, heralding increased levels of support in the areas of infrastructure development and telescope assembly/integration/testing, with the associated organizational growth. We are increasing our recruiting efforts to support the start of major infrastructure development on our array sites. As a team member, you will be integral to this exciting and crucial phase of the Observatory’s development.

Where You’ll Work

We have four main duty station locations. Our headquarters, which is the home to our Director’s Office, Project Office and Administration services, is located in the beautiful, historical city of Bologna, Italy. If you join our Computing team, you will be stationed at our Science Data Management Centre in Zeuthen, Germany, which is just outside Berlin. Finally, for work concerning the development and construction on our array sites, you will be stationed on the island of La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands or in Chile. Learn more about our facility locations here.

There is a high probability you will be asked to travel to these sites and beyond, depending on your position. And, of course, you will be given the opportunity to work from home as we have a remote work policy that provides our staff with some flexibility, depending on the position. 

Who You’ll Work With

The CTAO is a high-visibility and high-priority, world-class research infrastructure with more than 10 countries actively participating as shareholders and more than 150 institutes from 25 countries taking part in the project. Because of this, we are attracting the best and the brightest from around the world to bring our vision to reality. Additionally, working for the CTAO gives you the opportunity to connect, collaborate and network with other high-visibility groups and professionals around the globe.

What We Offer

In addition to an attractive remuneration package, the CTAO believes in investing in the personal and professional development of its team members. To this end, we have developed a variety of initiatives to create a positive and safe working environment and to support our employees’ growth and well-being.