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Young Graduate Trainee for Energy Development

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Renewable Energy sector
  • 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 Energy Development

This post is classified F1.


EAC, Porz-Wahn, Germany

Our team and mission

Within the Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration, ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, hosts the European Astronaut Corps and is responsible for astronaut training and  medical operations. In order to prepare for future Beyond Earth Orbit exploration missions, the Directorate created the “Spaceship EAC” project, which aims at demonstrating low-TRL technologies and operational concepts  with particular focus on Moon exploration. Spaceship EAC is part of the Exploration, Preparation, Research and Technology (ExPeRT) team.

At EAC, we are currently engaged in a large collaborative project, ENERGY@EAC, which aims to provide a standalone power system to supply electricity to our habitat module under development at the Centre. This project is in collaboration with the DLR and other energy sector commercial initiatives and companies. The YGT position would be aimed at supporting both the Spaceship EAC project and this specific energy project.

The activities under the “Spaceship EAC” project are executed by a team of highly motivated and capable young professionals with the support of the wider EAC and ESA teams.  The implementation of  projects is often done in cooperation with institutes of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which has its headquarters and major facilities surrounding the EAC in Cologne, and with other ESA teams across the Agency.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

Within this opportunity, a number of tasks are envisaged. These include:

  • becoming familiar with the project elements and components that have been proposed (solar panels, inverters, fuel cells, electrolysers) and are available to meet the project goals
  • supporting the development of the ENERGY@EAC project by working with the team engaged with energy-related research at EAC and ESA
  • continuing  to develop and improve energy system models that have been produced by the team to support sizing and implementation considerations for the standalone power system
  • converting specifications and operational experience with these systems into robust documentation, for use by the Centre to support the ENERGY@EAC project
  • familiarisation with the Spaceship EAC project and – as far as relevant – with ESA's exploration technology programme
  • supporting the Spaceship EAC project and activities within the Centre
  • liaising with the management team on the ENERGY@EAC project, via meetings and discussions
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 relevant to the area of this position.

Additional requirements

You should have a fundamental understanding of renewable energy systems. Pracical demonstrated experience dealing with renewable energy systems (e.g. Hydrogen based Fuel Cells, solar photovoltaics, battery systems, etc) is considered advantageous. Experience with programming or modeling software such as Matlab/SIMULINK or Python would also 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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