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Young Graduate Trainee for Human and Robotic Space Exploration Science and Research

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • 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 Human and Robotic Space Exploration Science and Research

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The SciSpace Team is responsible for the definition of the scientific content of the Science in Space Environment (SciSpacE) programme by optimal use of space- and ground-based research platforms, including fundamental, exploration-relevant and applied research and industry driven R&D projects.

Field(s) of activity

The coming decade will see ESA engaged in human and robotic exploration missions beyond low Earth orbit to deep space on the Gateway orbital outpost, the Moon and Mars. Science and research are fundamental to this new era of exploration. Science enables exploration and exploration enables science. Science and research address big unknowns that limit what is possible and are a source of risk and uncertainty for future missions and explorers. Science and research are also a major activity to be undertaken as we explore, investigating the origin and evolution of new destinations and using their unique environments as a platform for new scientific investigation.

The Traineeship will support the establishment of exploration science as a new domain in the European Exploration Envelope Programme. Activities will include:

  • supporting the identification of scientific needs, priorities and objectives at the Gateway, Moon and Mars,
  • assessing the scientific performance of instruments and experiments which are being prepared for future missions,
  • analysing planetary and deep space science data sets to support the definition of future missions and scientific activities,
  • supporting internal exploration science research activities
  • supporting interactions with the science community and international partners in the development and coordination of science and research activities in future missions,
  • working with scientists across ESA to establish research synergies and approaches to realising them,
  • providing scientific support to payload, mission and system studies and development. 
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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