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Young Graduate Trainee for Test Development in Navigation - Precise Point Positioning (PPP)

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-04

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Operations.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. Applications from women are encouraged.

Young Graduate Trainee for Test Development in Navigation - Precise Point Positioning (PPP)

This post is classified F1.


ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany 

Our team and mission

The Navigation Support Office at ESOC provides support for ESA projects: Galileo (data analysis, support to sensor station site deployment, consultancy, mission analysis); EGNOS (support to RIMS deployment, performance analysis); Earth observation missions (precise orbit determination evaluation: Sentinels, ERS, Envisat, Cryosat, GOCE – analysis and instrument calibration support –  data reprocessing for long-term analysis: ERS, Envisat – ionospheric product delivery: SMOS); ATV (analysis of GPS tracking during approach to ISS). The Office has also 3rd-party projects with commercial customers.

The main expertise of the Office can be summarised as:

  • precise orbit determination for LEO and MEO satellites (cm-level accuracy) – post processing and also real-time
  • high-precision GNSS data processing (Galileo, EGNOS, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and IRNSS)
  • development of state-of-the-art models and algorithms for high-precision orbit and clock determination (processing all geodetic data types: GNSS, Laser, VLBI, DORIS, Altimetry, S-band)
  • operation of a global network of real-time GNSS sensor stations (remote control of GNSS receivers)
  • operation of complex navigation SW infrastructure

The main operational services/products to ESA and 3rd-party customers provided by the Office are:

  • navigation services requiring highest precision
  • navigation services requiring high availability and reliability (incl. 24/7 support)
  • navigation batch and real-time services
  • system design and analysis (navigation-related infrastructure)
  • consultancy

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

Development and setting-up of a precise point positioning test environment within ESOC’s Navigation Support Office facility with consideration of existing GNSS infrastructure, like the GNSS simulator, different receiver types, access to real-time GNSS data forming a global network with data correction streams  also.  You will also contribute to development of new PPP concepts and algorithms for multi-constellations, multi-frequencies.

The test environment should be developed to support testing and demonstration of PPP navigation concepts, based on products from the Office (precise GNSS orbits and clocks, data corrections, etc.) and also from potential other sources for the following user groups; static reference stations, kinematic users (e.g. UAV) and space users.        

Technical competencies
Knowledge of relevant technical domains
Relevant experience gained during internships/project work
Breadth of exposure coming from past and/or current research/activities
Knowledge of ESA and its programmes/projects
Behavioural competencies
Self Motivation
Continuous Learning
Cross-Cultural Sensitivity

You should have just completed, or be in their final year of a University course at Masters Level (or equivalent) in a technical or scientific discipline.

Additional requirements

In addition to the above competencies, you should demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team.

You must be fluent in English and/or French, the working languages of the Agency. A good proficiency in English is required.

During the interview the candidates' motivation and overall professional perspective/career goals will also be explored.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

The closing date for applications is  15 December 2019.

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email


Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Nationals from Slovenia, as an Associate Member, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).

Priority will first be given to candidates from under-represented Member States.

In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment

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