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Young Graduate Trainee for Positioning Navigation and Timing (PNT) 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 Positioning Navigation and Timing (PNT) Engineering

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The Navigation Innovation & Support Progamme (NAVISP) team’s mission is to implement NAVISP, ESA’s optional navigation programme for innovation, competitiveness and support to Member States in the PNT domain. Many activities have been launched and are now running, being carried out by the PNT ecosystems of participating States. Over the course of next year, it will be important to analyse the products  obtained by the different activities and promote the results achieved by the programme.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website: and

Field(s) of activity

Positioning Navigation & Timing technologies and trends.

Application domain requirements in terms of PNT (autonomous transport, IoT, timing services, etc.).

The Traineeship will focus on assessing the results of the many activities carried out in the framework of NAVISP:

  • assessing the level of innovation of new concepts developed and identifying the possible followon,
  • assessing the increase in competitiveness of firms participating in the programme, directly interacting with them through questionnaires and surveys
  • analysing the success of the commercialisation of products developed
  • promoting the results in various contexts, such as national workshops
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 Engineering.

Additional requirements

Sound knolwledge in the domains covered by this traineeship, i.e. GNSS signals, terrestrial PNT signals, PNT receivers, with a specific emphasis in the application domain is expected.

Business modeling and assessment capabilities are also appreciated.

You should have good analytical, strategic and formulating skills as well as the ability to work within an international environment. Systematic work, creativity and an innovative attitude are considered important for the holder of the post. You should also possess good communication skills, problem solving attitude and be able to manage relationships, work in a team and be self motivating and disciplined.

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. 

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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