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Young Graduate Trainee for RAMS Engineering

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

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Navigation.

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 RAMS Engineering

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The European Space Agency in cooperation with the European Union is developing Galileo, an independent, global, European-controlled navigation satellite system.

The Galileo Programme Department is responsible for the design, development and validation of the Galileo Satellite Navigation System, consisting of the Galileo Space, Ground and User Segments.

Galileo Reliability Availability Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) activities are part of the System Product Assurance Unit.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

During the design phase of Galileo System Reliability and Availability, performance levels have been assessed through predictions. The system has been modeled using input data and assumptions.

The system is currently providing initial services. Field data are collected (i.e. operating hours, number of failures, outage duration, etc.) to measure the system’s operational reliability and availability and compare with the predictions.

Reports on the measured vs. predicted reliability/availability are performed on a regular basis.

A dedicated tool has been developed to automatically extract input data and derive the relevant statistics. The tool needs now to be further upgraded to make it more user-friendly.

As a YGT, you will be in charge of:

  • developing a user interface to facilitate use of the tool,
  • upgrading the tool to produce new statistics,
  • upgrading the tool to add consistency checks between input data and tool output,
  • using the tool to produce Galileo Measured Availability Prediction statistics during the year of recruitment.
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

A good knowledge of Python, Anaconda and User Interface tools would be highly desirable.

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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