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Young Graduate Trainee for Business Applications and Space Solutions (BASS)

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Sustainable Business Development
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications.

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 Business Applications and Space Solutions (BASS)

This post is classified F1.


ECSAT, Harwell, United Kingdom 

Our team and mission

ESA Business Applications and Space Solutions (BASS) is dedicated to funding and promoting the development of space-based applications, services and solutions for the needs of European citizens and society at large. This is achieved through project and study activities contracted to industry and service providers, in collaboration with users and possibly alpha customers, which use applications that combine (or 'integrate') data from existing and different space assets such as satellite communication, Earth observation, satellite navigation, human spaceflight technologies and others.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

You will perform your duties as part of the Study & Project Management Office of Downstream Business Applications Department.

ESA BASS studies and projects are carried out by industry with subjects proposed either by ESA or by industry partners.

ESA BASS is deeply involved through the preparation, implementation, monitoring and validation of the results.

This involvement requires multidisciplinary expertise (application of services/technologies from satellite communications, satellite navigation, Earth observation, human spaceflight, as well as business development aspects) where the exact focus depends on the theme of the studies.

The following are the main responsibility of the Traineeship:

  • assisting  in the implementation and evolution of project management tools,
  • supporting the preparation of calls for ideas and tenders
  • analysing ideas and proposals for new applications and services,
  • assisting in the review and analysis of study and project results,
  • establishing and maintaining connections with users and industry partners,
  • supporting development of the ESA Business Applications portal,
  • supporting preparation of workshops to promote ESA Business Applications.
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, preferably in combination with an economics or business discipline.

Additional requirements

You should have good analytical and communication skills and should be able to work in a multi-cultural environment in an autonomous manner and as part of a team.  Good experience and skills in Office automation tools, Social Media, analysis software (R, Python, Tableau…) and databases (e.g. Sharepoint, SQL…) will be considered as 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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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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