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Young Graduate Trainee for Meteor Data Analysis

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

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Science.

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 Meteor Data Analysis

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The Meteor Research Group is a research team in the Science Support Office in the Directorate of Science. The Office provides project and study scientist support to all ESA’s space science missions, including astronomy, fundamental physics, solar system, heliospheric, and planetary. These scientists follow their missions from ‘cradle to grave’ and are responsible for achieving the maximum scientific return within relevant constraints. Staff at the Office, together with Research Fellows and Young Graduate Trainees, also carry out research in their fields of interest.

The Meteor Research Group performs scientific investigation of meteors. These are generated by meteoroids, small rocky or cometary objects entering Earth’s atmosphere and generating light. A double-station video camera system on the Canary Islands is used to observe meteors and compute their 3-D trajectories. From that, their orbits in the Solar System can be calculated. The Group is building up a system with fish-eye cameras (based on a French design, FRIPON: Fireball Recovery & InterPlanetary Observation Network) to observe the brightest meteors (fireballs) in the Netherlands. Meteoroids mainly come from comets. We therefore also use data from ESA’s comet- chaser Rosetta to look at the dust properties close to their source. We look at the impacts of meteoroids, e.g., on the International Space Station.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

As a YGT you will be expected to contribute to the following topics: determination of meteoroid flux at the Earth; determination of meteoroid orbits and linking them to their planet bodies; determining physical and compositional properties of meteoroids.

The Group is establishing new fireball cameras in the Netherlands and collaborates with teams mainly in Germany and France; you will be part of this research effort.

Depending on your background, different software or hardware-related projects can be envisaged. Possible options:

  • ensuring all available data processing routines are combined in a single processing pipeline;
  • working on calibration of instruments in the laboratory and using real-sky data;
  • performing data analysis, e.g. to use data from meteoroid streams to constrain their parent body.

The main goal of the Traineeship will be to acquaint you with scientific methods and train you in professionally performing projects.

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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