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Young Graduate Trainee for Mission Studies for the Moon

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
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  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Human & Robotic Exploration Programmes.

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 Mission Studies for the Moon

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The Exploration Preparation, Research and Technology (ExPeRT) Team of the Exploration Group  has a mandate to plan and implement preparatory system studies and technology development activities for all ESA exploration destinations, including LEO, Cis-lunar space, the Moon, Mars, and possibly other destinations.

The system studies can be divided in two categories:

  • The Phase Zero/Pre-Phase A (Mission Concepts)

These activities are feasibility studies, mostly capability-oriented as opposed to mission- driven, and aim at establishing the architecture of a future mission campaign and narrowing down the system options that eventually will become subject of Phase A/B1 after a selection process.

  • The Phase A/B1 type of studies (Mission Studies)

These activities aim at establishing, at their completion, the required level of readiness for initiating implementation  Phase B2/C/D/E development. These studies focus on a single mission.

The ExPert Team acts as a point of contact for technology preparation for the HRE  Directorate and for matters related to ESA’s Discovery, Preparation & Technology Development (DPTP) and General Support Technology (GSTP) Programme.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

Working with the members of the architecture sector of the team, you will support the analysis and assessment of lunar exploration architectures and missions to be initiated in Period 2 of the Exploration Programme. You will also support the coherent preparation of critical technologies for lunar logistic capabilities in the framework of Cornerstone #3 (Moon). For this activity, you will be required to have a solid engineering or scientific background.

Furthermore, you will be immersed in (and expected to support) the work of the HERACLES–European Large Logistic Lander (EL3) and/or Cis-Lunar Transfer Vehicle (CLTV) teams in executing architectural studies.

These tasks include developing presentations and performing technical analysis using various tools available in the office (MATLAB, MS Excel, MS Project, CAD software).

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

You should have solid background in engineering or science.

Experience with programming or modeling software such as Matlab/SIMULINK et similia would also be 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 be eager to acquire and maintain necessary knowledge, skills and judgment to accomplish results and improve work processes.

You should have good interpersonal and communication skills and should be able to work in a multi-cultural environment, 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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