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Young Graduate Trainee for Systems Engineering and Space Mission Design

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

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.

Post
Young Graduate Trainee for Systems Engineering and Space Mission Design

This post is classified F1.

Location

ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The System & Engineering Division of the Technical & Quality Management Directorate is responsible for the following main activities:

  • providing cost engineering support, tools and estimates to ESA projects;
  • providing system engineering support to projects in various phases of development;
  • conducting R&D activities related to system engineering methodologies and tools;
  • managing and providing technical support to small spacecraft projects for technology demonstration including preparatory activities (feasibility studies, pre-development);
  • managing and providing technical support to small projects for in-orbit technology demonstration (instruments, payloads);
  • managing the Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) and performing Phase 0 and support activities for ESA projects.

The Systems & Concurrent Engineering Section is responsible for the following main activities:

  • managing the CDF and performing Phase 0 studies to assess the feasibility of future ESA missions,
  • providing system engineering support to ESA programmes and projects in various phases of development,
  • conducting R&D activities related to system engineering methodologies and tools,
  • providing technical support to small spacecraft projects for technology demonstration and/or education, including preparatory activities (feasibility studies, pre-development),
  • designing and developing models, databases, tools, architectures to support and enhance system engineering practices, methodologies and applications across the borders of disciplines and organisations.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website: http://www.esa.int

Field(s) of activity

As a YGT you will be involved in the following activities:

  • participating in multidisciplinary engineering activities for feasibility assessment and conceptual design of future space missions
  • system engineering support in CDF space mission studies and for other facility development activities
  • developing engineering tools, models and databases for CDF infrastructure and the concurrent engineering approach, including open-source tools, based on standard data models, to be distributed throughout the community of practitioners
  • technically supporting other system and project activities in the Division, depending on your specific technical background
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
Communication
Continuous Learning
Cross-Cultural Sensitivity
Teamwork
Education

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

Preferably, you should have an aerospace engineering background and/or specialization in System Engineering, Mission Analysis and/or other system-related disciplines. Experience in the usage of engineering tools (e.g. MatLab, MatCad, Catia, etc.) and office automation software (e.g. Microsoft Office, Excel, Visual Basic) is an asset.

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 contact.human.resources@esa.int.

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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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