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Young Graduate Trainee for CubeSat Systems Engineering

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Physics and Mathematics
  • 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 Systems Engineering

This post is classified F1.


ESA Headquarters, Paris, France 

Our team and mission

The ESA Academy, a 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 the Academy takes students through a learning path that complements their academic education.

The ESA 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 (e.g. small satellites, experiments on a variety of platforms reproducing different levels of gravity conditions or of weightlessness conditions, experiments to be flown on sounding rockets, experiments to be operated on-board the International Space Station), and a Training and Learning Programme, which offers a portfolio of space-specific training sessions.

The ESA Education Office works in close cooperation with specialists from ESA and industry, from university departments and other research organisations.

Information on the activities of the ESA Education Office can be found at

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

As YGT, you will be involved in the Education Office activities related to university student satellite projects. The educational satellite projects provide opportunities for university students to gain valuable 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 the Fly Your Satellite! (FYS) programme for CubeSats built by university student teams. In particular, under the supervision of the ESA Project Manager, you will:

  • participate in systems engineering activities including requirements management, system modelling and analysis, budgets maintenance and review of project technical documentation;
  • support the project planning and progress tracking;
  • contribute to the preparation of ESA management and technical documentation for project reviews, for ESA internal and for outreach purposes;
  • support the coordination of all project activities, which may include project reviews, concurrent engineering studies, verification/test campaigns, launch campaigns preparation, launch and mission operations;
  • support the coordination of programme workshops and training activities;
  • interface with ESA technical and quality experts, in order to assist in the identification and resolution of critical technical issues;
  • provide support to the coordination of the student CubeSat development teams;
  • collaborate at integrating ESA educational satellite programmes within the more general framework of the ESA Academy activities.

You may also contribute to other student activities and projects of the Education Office, 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.

Additional requirements

Strong background in space technology, with a good 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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