es2310 — Organisation Release

Become our next Events Coordinator

Join our international team at our vibrant planetarium and visitor centre in the heart of Bavaria

1 December 2023

We are seeking a talented and motivated individual to support our exciting programme of events at the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre. If this sounds like you, send us your application by Tuesday, 9 January 2024.

Based at the Headquarters of the European Southern Observatory (ESO)  in Garching near Munich, the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre attracts approximately 60 000 visitors per year. It is home to a state-of-the-art planetarium and a 2200 m2 interactive exhibition, covering a broad selection of astronomical topics. Our programme includes a wide range of public and private events, for which we intend to appoint a responsible and dynamic Events Coordinator .

The primary responsibility of the Events Coordinator is to deliver excellent customer service and ensure a superior experience for all. The successful candidate will coordinate and oversee planetarium show premieres, temporary exhibitions, concerts, public talks and other events open to the public.

The Events Coordinator is also responsible for the rental of the ESO Supernova spaces for external company team-building days, scientific workshops, evening receptions and other similar events. A complete understanding of the requirements of each event and the possibilities within the facility must be achieved, to develop a concept for each event, fitting to the purpose and needs of the customers. Moreover, the position coordinates with staff across ESO, including, but not limited to, the Facilities and Logistics group and Finance Department.

Full details about the position, including how to apply, can be found on the ESO career opportunities webpage. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 9 January 2024 and interviews with short-listed candidates will take place at the beginning of February 2024.

More information

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a cutting-edge astronomy centre for the public and an educational facility, located at the site of the ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München. The centre hosts a digital planetarium with a tilted, 360-degree dome, 14 metres in diameter, and an interactive exhibition, sharing the fascinating world of astronomy and ESO to inspire coming generations to appreciate and understand the Universe around us. All content is provided in English and German. Entrance to the exhibition is free. For planetarium shows, guided tours and other activities, visitors need to book and pay for their tickets online. For more details visit: 

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a cooperation between the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The building is a donation from the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), a German foundation, and ESO runs the facility.

ESO Supernova is proudly supported by: LOR Foundation, Evans & Sutherland and Sky-Skan.


The Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS) was created in 1995 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015). It is one of Europe’s largest privately funded non-profit foundations. The Foundation promotes the advancement of the natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science, and strives to raise appreciation for these fields. The Foundation’s commitment begins in kindergarten and continues in schools, universities, and research facilities. The Foundation champions new methods of scientific knowledge transfer, and supports both development and intelligible presentation of research findings.


The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS gGmbH) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on processing, structuring, and analysing large amounts of data. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.


ESO is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory by far. It has 16 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, along with the host state of Chile and with Australia as a Strategic Partner. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope and its world-leading Very Large Telescope Interferometer as well as two survey telescopes, VISTA working in the infrared and the visible-light VLT Survey Telescope. Also at Paranal ESO will host and operate the Cherenkov Telescope Array South, the world’s largest and most sensitive gamma-ray observatory. ESO is also a major partner in two facilities on Chajnantor, APEX and ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. And on Cerro Armazones, close to Paranal, ESO is building the 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope, the ELT, which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky”.



Tania Johnston
ESO Supernova Planetarium & Besucherzentrum
Garching b. München, Germany

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ESO Supernova VIP opening ceremony
ESO Supernova VIP opening ceremony