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Young Graduate Trainee for Information Technology

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-04

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Internal Services.

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 Information Technology

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

Within the End-User Services Division of ESA’s IT Department, the operation team delivers workplace services in support of ESA programmes, projects and missions. The team works on evolving and operating services, aiming to extend these services to mobile platforms as far as possible.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

As a YGT you will work on IT business and marketing-related analysis which will help the ESA IT Department implement and adopt new solutions.

This contribution must ensure adoption of new IT-related solutions faster and more dynamically.

Besides your technical knowledge, you must also be an ambassador for the proposed new solutions, advertising and presenting their benefits compared to legacy ones. We are looking for an individual having knowledge of the following:

  • shaping the accelerator concept for mobile device solution migration and adoption,
  • analysing faster ways of transitioning the legacy mail, storage and collaboration legacy tools to a cloud solution-based IT infrastructure,
  • uncovering insights to implement new security networking solutions,
  • initiating analyses and going into the organisation to find the data/input required to get solutions for the given challenges,
  • identifying, qualifying and reducing the risks in the IT services,
  • improving IT security controls,
  • affinity with innovation, entrepreneurship and agile ways of working,
  • ability to convert ideas into concepts.

Good-to-have technical skills: Microsoft platform, Mac platform, Windows server, basic networking concepts, Microsoft Azure, Office 365.

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

Excellent understanding of computer systems and mobile devices. 

Knowledge of both Windows and Mac platforms. You must be interested in the trend setter market technology, having a global impact and huge potential for innovation.

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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