The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each

The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding a
PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space
science research in fields related to the ESA Science Programmes.

Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and
astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and
fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years, with
the possible extension to three years, and are tenable at the European
Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands,
or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del
Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2018. Preference will be given to candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application form, can retrieved from:

Questions on the scientific aspects: Dr. Oliver Jennrich or Dr. Bruno Altieri,