Call for nominations: Australian Astronomer for ESO Council

The Milky Way and the distinctive octagonal enclosure housing the 3.58-metre New Technology Telescope (NTT) at ESO's La Silla Observatory. Image Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi.

On behalf of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR), AAL is calling for nominations from Australian-based astronomers to represent Australia on the ESO Council.

Applications close COB Monday 2nd October 2023.

There is a PDF document available with details regarding the Australian Astronomer for ESO Council position, and an application process document.

The AAL Board will consider all applicants based on merit and recommend a nomination to DISR for the Australian Astronomer for ESO Council role.  The successful nominee will be notified by the 31st October 2023.

The term of appointment for the ESO Council is three years. Representatives are expected to be available for all meetings of the Council over their appointment term, starting with the first Council meeting of 2024 (165th meeting). Some travel is required, but it is not expected that the successful nominee will be required to attend all Council meetings in person.

How to apply

If you consider yourself well placed to contribute to the ESO Council via your expertise and ideas, and share AAL’s vision for Australian astronomers having access to the best research infrastructure, please email Catherine Andrews, AAL Company Secretary, with:

  • a completed cover sheet (Word Doc attached)​,
  • a one-page statement outlining your strengths and suitability for the role,
  • a maximum two-page CV, including any relevant conflicts of interest.

AAL encourages applications from everyone with the appropriate expertise and skills. AAL set targets for female participation across its elected and appointed positions that are commensurate with the gender distribution within the Australian astronomy community and strongly encourages applications from women and under-represented groups.

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