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Intern in the Mechanical Department

Noordwijk-Binnen

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk-Binnen
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
  • Closing Date: Closed

 

Internship Opportunity in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

 

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

 

Location

Noordwijk

Our team and mission

The Mechanical Department is responsible for automation and robotics, life and physical sciences instrumentation, life support, optics, opto-electronics, structures, mechanisms, materials, thermal control, propulsion and aero-thermodynamics, and the verification of space vehicles systems and subsystems.

 

This internship opportunity is in the Electric Propulsion Section.

Main tasks of the Electric Propulsion Section are: 
• Providing expert technical support and consultancy in electric propulsion to the Agency’s project teams responsible for the development of spacecraft, throughout all the project phases; 
• Contributing to the preparation of work plans in electric propulsion in the Agency’s technological programmes; 
• Preparing and technically managing Agency contracts for studies, experimental investigations, and engineering developments in electric propulsion; 
• Taking charge of key tasks for the maintenance and operations of the ESA Propulsion Laboratory, including technical, quality and infrastructure management responsibilities together with testing operations of electric propulsion systems. 

 

In addition, in recent years, the Electric Propulsion Section has prepared and managed several Agency contracts targeting development and qualification of Electric Propulsion systems specific for Cubesats and Microsats and has managed and executed several functional and performance test in the ESA Propulsion Laboratory  (EPL) which is being upgraded to become the center of excellence in Europe for Cubesat propulsion testing.

 

We are a team of 13 professionals located at ESTEC. The EPL team includes a Manager, 3 test engineers and several test managers.

 

For further information visit our web site: http://www.esa.int

Field(s) of activity for the internship

You can choose between the following topics:

 

1) Topic 1: Electric Propulsion Tests at the ESA Propulsion Lab

As an intern, you will be integrated to the EPL team and assigned to the correspondent projects. You will develop through the internal EPL hierarchy of duties and responsibilities and will be taught in diagnostic systems for electric thrusters, vacuum chamber operations and test procedures, especially in the field of cubesat propulsion.

 

2) Topic 2: Study of improving time life on electric thrusters. Mini-ion applied to real life operation conditions

As an intern, you will be instructed in the operation of the Mini-ion thruster. You will use it to analyse different conditions, materials and components in real life operating conditions tests. You will study data from these tests in order to assess possible improvements in the operating lifetime of electric thrusters.

 

3) Topic 3: Study of improving time life on electric thrusters. Mini-Hall applied to real life operation conditions

As an intern, you will be instructed in the operation of the Mini-Hall thruster. You will use it to analyse different conditions, materials and components in real life operating conditions tests. You will study data from these tests in order to assess possible improvements in the operating lifetime of electric thrusters.

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement
Forward Thinking

Education

You must have student status and be enrolled at university for the entire duration of the internship. You should preferably be in your final or second to last year of a university course at master’s level 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.

 

1) Topic 1: You should demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team. 

2) Topic 2: plasma physics

3) Topic 3: space system engineering

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

 

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email contact.human.resources@esa.int.

Internships can take place remotely, on-site or partially on-site depending on the pandemic situation, and in line with the relevant Establishment’s policy (e.g. possible Green Pass requirement) applicable at the time of starting the internship.

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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 Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

This vacancy is now closed.