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Young Graduate Trainee for Development of Lunar Exploration Ground Systems

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • 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 Development of Lunar Exploration Ground Systems

This post is classified F1.


EAC, Porz-Wahn, Germany

Our team and mission

The ESA Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration Directorate’s aim is to implement Europe's participation in the development of space infrastructure, such as the International Space Station. The Directorate’s goal is to secure Europe’s central role in global space exploration, deliver new results in both basic and applied science and offer a compelling vision of global endeavour, enriching society and inspiring the next generations. The Directorate teams who work on these projects come from all ESA’s Member States and cover a variety of disciplines, mainly oriented towards engineering and science.

Within the Directorate, the ISS Ground Segment Infrastructure Team has responsibility for a wide range of critical ground-based IT systems and support services that are central to European ground support for ISS operations. The team works to meet the needs of several communities across ISS operations, training, science and medicine. To serve these varied stakeholders, it maintains and pursues numerous IT projects and services, many of which are central to successful activities involving European crew on board the ISS.

In preparation for future exploration beyond low Earth orbit (LEO), to the Moon, and beyond, the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) is pursuing a number of ambitious Future Exploration Projects. The team and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are working together as partners to deliver and operate the ground segment infrastructure and systems that will play a fundamental role in such Projects.

 Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

The primary focus of this post will be preparation for ground segment systems for the challenging future demands of the EAC’s Future Exploration Projects:

  • collecting and refining user requirements to develop value-driven system and service specifications
  • integrating a distributed configuration management system
  • migrating numerous existing systems to resources on the ESA’s private cloud platform
  • specifying, configuring and testing specialised computing systems for artificial intelligence and machine learning-based applications
  • identifying and integrating modern network monitoring and control systems for EAC’s existing IT, ground segment and network infrastructure
  • optimising networked storage and back-up systems
  • designing, developing and hardening common support system virtual machine templates
  • re-provisioning and optimising hypervisor systems
  • optimising and developing the EAC’s Mixed Reality Lab infrastructure
  • developing and/or integrating centralised monitoring and control systems for:
    • video streaming and processing systems
    • audio & voice systems
    • custom firewall and routing services
  • developing software and providing engineering support where required of EAC’s custom internal software systems such as:
    • Master-Schedule: integrated team calendar and schedule
    • EAC-Doodle: meeting scheduler and poll agent
    • VLAN-Creator: VLAN management and configuration tool
    • Remote-Management-Tool: MQTT-based ground segment monitoring and management tool
    • Firewall-Auditor: distributed versioning and Extract Transform & Load system for configuration of EAC’s firewall systems
  • familiarising with EAC’s wireless network remote experiment platform to identify areas for application and integration with Future Exploration Projects
  • technical and user documentation of developed solutions and system changes
  • integrating user feedback into impactful change requests and work plans
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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