Internal Research Fellow in Strategic Foresight and Planning

Posted 1 year ago

The Strategic Foresight Office supports the Director General’s Strategic thinking, discussions and planning, and their decision making on the future positioning of ESA and associated actions. It contributes to the strategic thinking at programmatic level, and enables an ESA wide coordinated approach to a global strategy. It looks beyond current expectations and develops a variety of plausible futures and scenarios, to identify threats and opportunities, challenge current assumptions and increase ESA’s resilience and readiness throughout ESA’s strategy planning.

 We are looking for an Internal Research Fellow (post doc) to join our team.


ESA HQ, Paris, France

Your mission You will be mainly responsible for building the Futures Intelligence capacity of the officeThis role notably includes detecting, collecting, monitoring and flagging early signals in the ESA global environment (STEEPL-V), preparing briefs and reports on important signals for the Agency’s senior management, and feeding intelligence into foresight projects.

You will also participate in Foresight projects, carrying out interviews, developing scenarios, as well as, in designing, developing and managing research projects and studies that are procured by the Office.

Technical competencies

Strong analytical and research skills

Excellent writing, drafting and communication skills

Ability to understand and cover a wide range of interdisciplinary issues

Ability to structure large amounts of information in a clear, user-friendly way

Ability to transfer complex analytical content into short, high-level policy briefings

Ability to conduct research autonomously and efficiently

Ability to articulate research tasks with operational needs

Delivering within short time frames, while adapting to evolving / changing needs

Some knowledge of Strategic Foresight is an asset


 You must have completed your PhD in a relevant field.

Additional requirements

Applicants must have been exposed to interdisciplinary issues.

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of English is required for this post. Knowledge of other member state languages is considered an asset.

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The closing date for applications is 18 April 2023 23:59 CET/CESTXXX 

What we offer 

A stimulating and inspiring working environment is just one of the benefits of working at ESA. Other advantages include competitive salaries, flexible and teleworking arrangements promoting work-life balance, relocation support and comprehensive health coverage.

Diversity and inclusiveness are at the heart of ESA’s values. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

Job Features

Job CategoryTeaching and scientific research

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