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Young Graduate Trainee for Technology Programme Management

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

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 Technology Programme Management

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The Technology Programmes Office is responsible for:

  • managing the General Support Technology Programme (GSTP) and the Technology Development Element within Basic Activities, defining the associated work plans and monitoring implementation and assessment of achievements;
  • communicating, disseminating and archiving results of all R&D activities supporting and organising training on technology matters;
  • maintaining the technology website of the Directorate, in coordination with the Communication Officer;
  • providing support to Member States in preparing and implementing national technology R&D programmes and projects via collaborative activities and third-party services;
  • leading efforts on technology breakthroughs, innovation and spin-ins.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website: and in particular

Field(s) of activity

With the support of your tutor and more generally the Technology Programmes Office, you will gather knowledge of technology activity management and processes.

You will investigate recent developments and reported best-practices and proven methodologies for technology R&D management.

You will evaluate the technologies developed under technology programmes, to analyse the main objectives and origin of those activities (e.g. follow-up to discovery and preparation studies, technology-push, project needs, technology portfolio) with regard to achievement assessment.

You will support the dissemination of results and lessons learned within the Agency, with Member State delegates and with industry and partners as well as various initiatives to achieve industrial policy objectives. You will contribute to Knowledge Management and to ESA’s Digital Agenda.

Being in contact with ESA experts, you will acquire knowledge of state-of-the-art and future technologies, an understanding of ESA’s collaboration with Member States and partners, and the European space industry landscape.

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 the final year of a university course at Master's level (or equivalent) in a technical or scientific discipline.

Additional requirements

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset. 

You should demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team.


During the interview your 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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