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Young Graduate Trainee for Launch Systems Reliability and Lessons Learned

  • 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 Space Transportation.

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 Launch Systems Reliability and Lessons Learned

This post is classified F1.


ESA Headquarters, Paris, France 

Our team and mission

The Directorate of Space Transportation  is responsible for Space Transportation Programmes and activities related to:

  • future preparation including the Future Launcher Preparatory Programme (FLPP),
  • the development of new launch systems (Ariane 6, Vega-C), and the In-orbit Demonstrator for Europe (Space Rider), 
  • exploitation-related programmes and activities (Ariane 5/Vega, …).

Within the Directorate of Space Transportation, the Management and Coordination Unit is responsible, among other things, for Knowledge Management and the overall management of the Product Assurance and Safety (quality, reliability, safety) activities associated with programmes managed by the Space Transportation Directorate. Its activities are cross-cutting throughout the Directorate.

Today’s priority is to secure the end of Ariane 5 and Vega exploitation and to prepare the transition to the new family of European launchers with Ariane 6 and Vega C. In order to position Europe in this paradigm shift in the global launcher sector, the Directorate of Space Transportation is also preparing future competitive and clean space transportation solutions via the maturation of core technologies, configuration studies, reusability and their demonstration.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

In the framework of this traineeship, you will perform, lead and facilitate activities as support to your tutor. In particular, you will:

  • contribute to the deployment and implementation of Knowledge Management for the Directorate ,
  • provide your support to reliability and safety activities and contribute to lessons learned activities in the Directorate of Space Transportation. In particular, you will collect information related to launch system major anomalies (inflight failures, major test anomalies, etc.). You will in particular analyse and categorise the root causes, the impacted subsystem, the contributing factors as well as the preventive and corrective actions taken. You will also identify critical/recurring areas as well as possible areas for improvements
  • carry out ad hoc benchmarking on the technical requirements related to safety regulations, conduct comparative analysis with the standards and requirements applicable in aeronautics (quality and RAMS).
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: Dependability (hazard analysis), Launch Systems engineering (missions, architectures, propulsion) will be assets, as well as knowledge of informatics. 

Additional requirements

Desired skills: Ability to collect specialised information from a variety of sources, process it and shape it to match the requirements of their target audience.

Asset: studying technological watch, innovation, organisation of knowledge - interest for technical fields.

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 as well as curiosity, pragmatism, rigor and organisational skills.

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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