Call for the position of TNG Director

The Board (Patronato) of Fundacion Galileo Galilei - INAF (FGG), manager of the Italian Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG), invites applications for the position of

"Scientific Director and Administration Responsible of FGG".

FGG is a Spanish no-profit Foundation and operates the TNG, a 3.6m telescope equipped with state of the art high resolution spectrographs (HARPS-N and GIANO-B) and other multi purpose imaging/spectro FOSC cameras (DOLORES and NICS) and the new fast photometer SIFAP2. More details at

The telescope is located at the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory (ORM), on the island of La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain), known for its excellent observing conditions owing to the good transparency and stability of sky and the strict application of a law of protection against light pollution.

On behalf of INAF, FGG also operates other astrophysical projects and observing Infrastructures in the Canary Island, it Is currently assisting in the construction of the ASTRI Mini-Array Cherenkov Telescope located a the Observatorio del Teide (OT) in Tenerife.

The Mission of FGG is to:

  • Operate, maintain and develop the TNG, carrying out and promoting astrophysical research;
  • Assist in the construction of the ASTRI-mini array;
  • Act as connection with INAF and its personnel, to exploit scientific synergies;
  • Disseminate astronomical knowledge;
  • Train scientific and technical personnel.

FGG has the following centres and observatories:

  • The TNG telescope and its facilities at the ORM;
  • The ASTRI-Mini Array site and Service at OT;
  • A sea-level base at Breña Baja, in the Island of La Palma;

The Director of FGG has to be an active astrophysicist, with an high scientific reputation/visibility, as proven by, e.g., a significant publication record and a large experience in the exploitation and management of scientific projects. Due to the international environment of the La Palma observatories, the knowledge of more languages will be considered, with priority given to Italian, English, Spanish.

The Director of FGG is the executive organ of its Patronato, with the responsibility to determine the TNG operations policy, to foster FGG collaborations in other astronomical projects, and to resolve administrative, financial and personnel issues in accordance with the guidelines established by the Patronato.

Applications received by 15 September 2022 will be given full consideration. Applications must include: a Curriculum Vitae, information on relevant experience and accomplishments, a letter of motivation and vision, and all additional information that the candidate considers relevant. All applications will be treated confidentially.

The successful candidate should be available to take up the position on 1 December 2022 (motivated exceptions may be considered) and will be based on La Palma.

Contract: It is a 5-years appointment with possibility of renewal. Gross salary is in the range 110-130k€ per year, depending on candidate qualification, subject to applicable income taxes and social security deductions.

FGG is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, age, ethnic/national origin, religion, sexual orientation or any other non-merit factor.

Applications, or any question about this announcement, should be sent by e-mail to

Contacts: FGG Director, Ennio Poretti (; INAF Scientific Director, Filippo Zerbi (

Roma 15.07.2022

Il Presidente del Patronato FGG

Prof. Marco Tavani

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