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Young Graduate Trainee for GNSS Performance Engineering

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Outer space and satellite technology
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-04

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Navigation.

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 GNSS Performance Engineering

This post is classified F1.


ESA Headquarters, Paris, France 

Duty Station: Toulouse, France

Our team and mission

The GNSS Regional Augmentation System Division is responsible for the development of the EGNOS system and its qualification, in its role as Design and Procurement Agent, under the programme management of the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Versions 2.4.2 and 3 of the system are currenlty under procurement under Phase CD.

The Division is also managing  a number of research & development activities under the European GNSS Evolutions, H2020 Infrastructure and NAVISP programmes.

The System Engineering Section of the Division is managing the following work lines:

  • EGNOS evolutions
  • EGNOS performance and applications
  • EGNOS industrial simulation and analysis tools.
  • International and standardisation activities
  • Space segment
  • EGNOS communication & education

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

As a YGT, you will be responsible for providing support to performance and system engineering-related activities within this Division, by:

  • performing system engineering analyses based on simulations;
  • supporting the installation/testing and critical assessment of EGNOS system performance tools;
  • supporting the system engineering requirements management processes;
  • producing technical documents;
  • supporting the review of industry performance-related technical documents;
  • supporting the review of documentation for other activities managed or supported by the Division;
  • regular internal reporting on system performance;
  • supporting performance investigation activities.
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

You should have “hands-on” experience in using analysis tools and problem solving.

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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