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Young Graduate Trainee for ExoMars Rover Operations Preparation

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
  • 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 ExoMars Rover Operations Preparation

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The Rover and Surface Platform (RSP) mission of the ExoMars programme will deliver the European Rover “Rosalind Franklin” and the Russian surface platform “Kazachok” to the surface of Mars. The ExoMars Rover will travel across the Martian surface to search for signs of life on its “218 sols” mission. It will collect samples with a drill and analyse them with advanced scientific instruments.

The Rover Operations Control Centre (ROCC) will be located in Turin, Italy. The Centre will monitor and control ExoMars Rover operations. Rover operators and engineers from ESA and industry as well as international scientists are now preparing the operations to be executed after the landing on Mars.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity
  • Support Rover operations preparation which is done together with the industrial Rover designers and manufacturers and the Rover scientists for the different phases of the Rover mission, in particular after landing on Mars.
  • Support to prepare, run and analyse operational scenarios for the various mission phases after landing, including scenarios for driving off the Landing Platform (Rover egress phase), for checking the Rover system and scientific instruments on the Mars surface (Rover commissioning phase) and for the routine Rover operations thereafter.
  • Check system resources (power, time, bandwidth) and orbiter communication, as well as coherence of the ground process (operator shift scheme, number of required operators) against the detailed analysis from industry, providing additional insight to the ESA project team.
  • Specific tools will be used for these tasks, in particular the Rover software simulator called ROSEX, and its interface with the environment via the 3D-based Rover Operations Control System “3DROCS”. Development of a complementary support tool is envisaged.
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 the area of robotics engineering and computer science.

Additional requirements

Knowledge and experience in the operation of robots would be 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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