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Young Graduate Trainee for Frequency Coordination

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-04

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Operations.

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 Frequency Coordination

This post is classified F1.


ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany 

Our team and mission

The Frequency Management Office within the Space Safety Office of the Directorate of Operations is responsible for managing the radio frequency spectrum of ESA missions. This involves coordinating ESA satellites with those of other organisations, coordinating the network of ESA Earth stations with terrestrial systems sharing the same frequency bands and conducting studies aimed at providing a stable frequency access scenario for in-orbit, currently under development and future satellites.

The Office is also responsible for registering ESA satellites and stations with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

As a YGT, you will be part of the Frequency Management Office and will assist it in the coordination with other space agencies or commercial operators, negotiations between ESA and the frequency regulator of the station host country and analysis of future ITU frequency allocations. You will be involved in the following activities:

  • RF interference analysis and international coordination of ESA satellites both with other agencies and with commercial operators’ satellites and satellite constellations.
  • Support to ITU filing of ESA satellites
  • Domestic and international coordination of ESA’s deep space stations (in Spain, Argentina and Australia) with existing and planned terrestrial links
  • Computation of terrestrial propagation losses around the ESA stations network (deep space and near-Earth) in various frequency bands and interference analysis with other systems under consideration in the same bands
  • Support to studies for ITU decisions

In general, the tasks assigned will require familiarisation with ITU regulations and recommendations as well as with international standards for RF and modulation of satellite systems. This Traineeship opportunity will also require familiarisation with a suite of RF assessment software tools.

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, in particular in telecommunications engineering.

Additional requirements

Basic knowledge of link budgets and propagation is considered an asset.

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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