DIRECTOR of the EST Canarian Foundation



The Board of Trustees of the European Solar Telescope - Fundación Canaria (EST-FC) has decided to open the call for applications for the Director position of the Foundation

The EST-FC is a private non-profit organization established at the Canary Islands by Law 2/1998, of April 6, on Canary Islands Foundations and, supplementarily, by Law 50/2002, of December 26, on Foundations.

The Board of Trustees is composed by representatives of nine institutions from seven European countries: the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, the Stockholms University, the Leibniz-Institut für Sonnenphysik, the Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Astronomický ústav AV ČR, v. v. i., the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the University of Sheffield (on behalf of the UK Universities Consortium),  and the Universitá della Svizzera Italiana.


Mission of the European Solar Telescope – Fundación Canaria

The EST-FC has been created to support the European Solar Telescope (EST) project through scientific research and engineering, to enhance societal benefits and business competitiveness by generating technological knowledge, to collaborate with public research organisations, to support education and training, to facilitate the establishment of the EST-ERIC for the construction phase of EST, and to foster relations with scientific and business communities, among other similar objectives.

The goal of the European Solar Telescope project is to build and operate EST, a next generation large-aperture solar telescope. With a 4.2-metre primary mirror, EST will be optimised for studies of the magnetic coupling of the solar atmosphere. To achieve its scientific goals, EST will be equipped with the most advanced diagnostic tools to probe the thermal, dynamic and magnetic properties of the solar plasma over many scale heights, by using multi-wavelength imaging, spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry. EST will specialise in high spatial and temporal resolution using several instruments simultaneously to efficiently produce 2D spectral information. EST will be located in the Canary Islands.



The Director shall be responsible for the global management of the Foundation's Action Plan, focussing especially in the definition of the EST-ERIC and the consolidation of the construction plan to make the construction of EST a reality. S/he shall also be responsible for executing the agreements of the Board of Trustees and for managing and overseeing the Foundation organisation. Additionally, the Director may be assigned additional duties by the Board of Trustees or the Executive Committee as necessary to achieve the Foundation's objectives.


Qualifications and Experience

The Director of the Foundation shall be an active astrophysicist of recognised international prestige with proven experience in the leadership of international projects and demonstrated skills in leading high-impact research teams, preferably in the field of solar physics. The experience in managing research institutions and, particularly, major research infrastructures and related projects, shall be specially considered. 


Language Skills

The position requires proficiency in written and spoken English. Additional knowledge of any partners’ language (in particular, Spanish) will be positively considered.



Applications shall be forwarded to Manuel Collados (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), President of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.

All applications received on time will be given full consideration. The application must include: a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest elaborating the suitability of the candidate’s profile for the advertised position, and all additional information the candidate considers relevant. If none of the applications is selected, the call will continue open after the closing date until a candidate is selected.

All applications will be treated with confidentiality.


Closing date

February 29th, 2024



The selected candidate will sign a renewable two-year full-time employment contract under the Spanish Law, subject to a six-month probationary period. The work center will be the HQ of the Foundation, located at C/Vía Láctea s/n, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain, with frequent work stays in La Palma, where the EST is planned to be built and where the HQ of the EST Construction phase Project Office is planned to be. The gross annual salary will be around 90 000 euros. Full medical insurance for the successful candidate and accompanying spouse and children will be provided under the Spanish Social Security System.

The European Solar Telescope – Fundación Canaria guarantees a quality selection, which offers the necessary measures to comply with the principles and criteria of equal treatment and non-discrimination in the workplace.


Please send applications and related questions to:

Manuel Collados Vera

President of the Board of Trustees

European Solar Telescope – Fundación Canaria

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