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Young Graduate Trainee for CubeSat Training, Systems Engineering and Testing

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Outer space and satellite technology
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Director General's Services.

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 CubeSat Training, Systems Engineering and Testing

This post is classified F1.


ESEC, Redu, Belgium

Our team and mission

The ESA Academy, part of the ESA Education Office, is the Agency’s overarching programme for university students from ESA Member States, Canada and Slovenia. Through a tailored transfer of space know-how and interaction with space professionals, it takes students through a learning path that supplements their academic education.

The Academy operates two interconnected pillars of activity: Hands-on Space projects, which enable students to gain first-hand experience of end-to-end development of space-related projects (small satellites, experiments on a variety of platforms reproducing different levels of gravity or weightlessness conditions, experiments to be flown on sounding rockets or to be operated onboard the International Space Station); and a Training & Learning Programme, which offers a portfolio of space-specific training sessions.

The Office works in close cooperation with specialists from ESA, industry, university departments and other research organisations. ESA’s ESEC-Galaxia site in Belgium hosts several facilities tailored for the ESA Academy programme. These include  the CubeSat Support Facility, a cleanroom laboratory hosting integration and test equipment for CubeSats; and the Training & Learning Facility, a state-of-the art training room also equipped to support concurrent design training workshops.

Information on the activities of the ESA Education Office can be found at and candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

As a YGT you will be involved in the Education Office activities related to student satellite projects and training activities.

Educational satellite projects provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in the design, development, build, testing and operation of a complete satellite. The satellite projects in which the Office is currently involved are the European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) and ‘Fly Your Satellite!’ (FYS) for CubeSats built by student teams.

CubeSat-related training activities are organised as part of the ESA Academy’s Training & Learning Programme and include a CubeSats Concurrent Engineering Workshop, a CubeSats Hands-on Training Week using satellite hardware models and other ‘Fly Your Satellite!’-related workshops.

Under the supervision of the ESA Project Manager, you will:

  • participate in CubeSat systems engineering activities including requirements management, system modelling and analysis, budgets maintenance and review of project technical documentation;
  • contribute to preparation and execution of environmental test campaigns at the CubeSat Support Facility and to overall operations in the laboratory;
  • contribute to preparation of ESA management and technical documentation for project reviews and for ESA internal and outreach purposes;
  • support coordination of all project activities, which may include project reviews, verification/test campaigns, launch campaign preparation, launch and mission operations;
  • support preparation and implementation of CubeSat-related workshops and training activities;
  • support development and/or operation of a CubeSat Ground Station and Mission Control Centre;
  • interface with the student CubeSat teams and with ESA technical and quality experts;
  • collaborate on integrating ESA educational satellite programmes and training events within the more general framework of the ESA Academy activities.

You may also contribute to other the Education Office’s other student activities and projects, as required.

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 engineering preferably with a strong background in space technology.

Additional requirements

Solid general understanding of satellite systems engineering aspects is 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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