Vacancy Announcement 


Positions:  Remote Sensing, Communication Satellite, and Satellite Designer Engineer,

Post date: 07 February, 2014

Deadline: 23 February 2014

Institution/ Academy: Entoto Observatory

Submission Address for Resumes/CVs

Attention To:  Dr. Solomon Belay Tessema

Title: Director

Organization:  Entoto Observatory

Addis Ababa Institute of Technology:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

P.O.Box: 8412

Country:  Ethiopia



Mobile: +251912010792

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Job Announcement:

Entoto Observatory is a new facility close to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. It is an independent research institute, run and owned by 32 public Universities plus one private university. It is the first research level optical observatory in East Africa and aims to become a hub of astronomical, space science and technology research and training in the region. It is currently commissioning two 1-m telescopes with state of the art instrumentation, including imagers and spectrographs, with capabilities for very high time-resolution. The observatory is also involved in site testing for a larger telescope in the Lalibela region.

The Earth Observation and Satellite Technology Research Division at Entoto Observatory is looking to appoint a Senior Staffs to initiate and lead competitive research projects at Entoto, and together with the Head of Earth Observation and Satellite technology Research Divisions in the observatory. A generous amount of research time will be available as well as possibilities to continue prior collaborations.

The post will be filled at an Assistant Professor level, or above in the area of remote sensing, Masters and above in the area of Communication Satellite and Designing Engineer

Minimum requirements:

·        PhD in remote  sensing with teaching and research  experience

·        MSc in Satellite communication and Designing Engineer with teaching and research experience

·        An outstanding research and publication record in the above fields. The research field should be such that Entoto facilities can be used

·        Teaching and student supervision experience will be a benefit

Roles and responsibilities expected of the applicant:

·        Lead competitive  research projects in remote sensing, satellite communication, Satellite designing  and teams at Entoto

·        Design, construct, train researchers, and take a leading role in the day-to-day science operations

·        Use his/her independent research time to publish world-class results, using both Entoto and other facilities

·        Start and maintain international collaborations

·        Teach and supervise MSc and PhD students

·        Conduct summer schools and seminars

·        Help finalize the establishment of  instruments

Benefits include:

·        Basic Salary  Birr 8,165.00 for Assistant Professor and Birr 6907.00 for Masters

·         House allowance Birr 4000 .00 for Assistant Professor and Birr 3500.00  for Masters

·        Research grant to take part in international conferences

·        An opportunity to play a leading role in the pioneering stages of  research in remote sensing, satellite communication, and Design  in Ethiopia and East Africa

Applicants should send their CV including a publication list, along with a cover letter including a statement of research and teaching interests and experience, preferably in PDF format, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with a subject line "Earth Observation and Satellite Technology Position".   Applicants should also arrange for a minimum of three letters of recommendation to be sent by email directly to the same email address.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but only those received by February 23, 2014 will be assured full consideration.  The appointment is expected to start immediately.  Entoto Observatory is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer; women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Entoto Observatory

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia