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Young Graduate Trainee for Ground Software Systems Engineering

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

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

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 Ground Software Systems Engineering

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The Software Systems Division has responsibility in the domain of software engineering – see

In particular, it covers verification and validation techniques for checking mission-critical software, software technology for flight and ground systems, real-time software embedded in spacecraft systems and payloads; ground facilities software, including electrical ground support equipment, test benches, databases, simulation and modelling tools.

The Division is supporting all ESA satellite projects in this domain.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

The proposed opportunity will be deployed within the Ground Software & Functional Verification Section of the Division. The Section’s core activity is support to ESA programmes in the development of simulation and modelling infrastructure, system concept and mission planning simulation tool support, verification test benches for functional verification, software verification and validation facilities, Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) procurement and ground facilities software in general as well as virtual reality and visualisation applications. The Section is also the focal point for development of avionics test benches, EGSE and Database Reference facilities of the Avionic System Laboratory.

Within this Section, several activities are running which involve ground software for software verification facilities (SVF).  Components such as emulators, monitoring & control, simulation engines, system database, pre-/post-processing, automation/procedure execution are earmarked. 

You will participate in the development of next-generation SVF and focus on their integration within system verification benches. A reference or straw-man mission has been developed (EagleEye) that provides a realistic context in which new applications can be demonstrated and verified.

This training opportunity will enable you to learn (more) about modern software methods and tools for real-time system modelling and simulation, providing increased knowledge in the domain of functional verification for software verification/validation.

Technical key words are: (real-time) simulators, system simulation facilities, software validation facilities, emulators, communication busses (MIL1553 bus, CAN), real-time system, operating systems (RTEMS), programming/modelling/scripting languages (Matlab, C/C++, Java/Groovy), space simulation models.

Simulation Tools used are Mathwork Matlab/Simulink, EuroSim.

Standards applied are ECSS-E40 Software, ECSS TM 10-21 System Modelling and Simulation, ECSS E40-07 SMP and E-70-31 MCM, E70-32 PLUTO and E70-41 PUS.

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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