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Young Graduate Trainee for Atmospheric Remote Sensing

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
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  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Earth Observation 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 Atmospheric Remote Sensing

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The Earth & Mission Science Division of the Science Applications & Climate Department, Earth Observations Programmes Directorate, is based at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC). The Division provides the creative vision for innovation and new discoveries in Earth System Science, using Earth observation in close cooperation with the scientific community.

The Division team:

  • bridges science and technology by translating ideas and concepts into technical reality and scientific success. It does this by defining, consolidating and managing scientific mission requirements throughout all phases of a mission and by measuring the maturity of the resulting mission concept;
  • manages scientific research-based studies, providing the scientific foundation for mission concepts and approval, supports the successful development of space and ground segment, in-orbit commissioning and in-orbit scientific achievements;
  • undertakes airborne, marine and terrestrial campaigns contributing to the development of new technologies, mission feasibility assessments, calibration/validation and application development.

The Division is responsible for supporting preparatory research & development and implementation of future concepts for EO satellite missions as part of ESA's Living Planet Programme (Earth Explorers Aeolus, BIOMASS, CryoSat, EarthCARE, FLEX, FORUM, GOCE, SMOS, Swarm; Earth Watch/Copernicus Sentinel; operational meteorological satellites) with the objective of achieving specific scientific goals in environmental, and climate research and Earth System Science.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

The selection of ESA’s 9th Earth Explorer was announced in September 2019. The FORUM mission will contribute to understanding climate change and help improve future predictions. As a YGT you will be part of a team at ESA working towards maximising the scientific output for the mission.

You will apply FORUM’s end-to-end simulator and analyse the results of the geophysical retrieval algorithms especially with respect to atmospheric water vapour profiles and ice cloud properties. Special emphasis will be placed on investigating the information content for representative and extreme atmospheres.  You will also investigate the ground-based spectral data collected with a far-infrared Fourier transform spectrometer for over ten years at Dome C in Antarctica with respect to trends and short-term variabilities.

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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