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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: 2019-12-15

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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

At ESA’s largest technical centre ESTEC, the Estates & Facilities Management Division is responsible for the management, operation and development of the Centre’s technical and common site infrastructures, management of contracted FM services and provision of specialist support to internal customers. We are managing a complex portfolio of activities comprising construction, operations and maintenance of technical facilities, offices and common areas, utilities provision, catering, cleaning, logistics, security services, travel management and videoconferencing. We contribute to the identification and promotion of best practices in the provision of technical facilities and office accommodation and help to ensure compliance with applicable legislation and ESA policies in a wide range of domains, including physical security, health & safety management, fire prevention, environmental management, sustainability, crisis management and business continuity.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

ESA’s IT Department is continuously exploring new technologies and evaluating their benefits. Often these new technologies and innovations take place within the open source community and need evaluation and testing before being deployed.

As a YGT you will have the chance to work within ESA’s IT Infrastructure, platforms and automation teams. The goal is to identify and implement automation and orchestration workflows for the brokering of public cloud services (e.g. Microsoft Azure, AWS, European Open Science Cloud) alongside ESA’s current on-premises private cloud service.

The resulting services will also be made available to all ESA users through a self-service web portal.

You will be working with a varied technology stack encompassing microservices, container orchestration (Kubernetes), Python, Go, IT automation/IaC (Terraform, Ansible, StackStorm) and cloud (private/public) computing.

You will be able to propose new services and products based on publically available software and use-cases/needs emanating from ESA users. This can be done by extending the service provision of existing self-help portals and developing automations on top of open source and industry standard solutions. You will also support the industrialisation of the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) stack currently in use by ESA.

You can also join the IT Department’s Service Management teams and gain an understanding of the processes involved in delivering newly built services and products, making them enterprise-ready and transferring them to operations. Working with our IT service-providers and helping to ensure stability of delivered services will provide a unique perspective on the interlock between development and service delivery.

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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