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Young Graduate Trainee in Cubesat System and Operation Engineering

Posted 19 Jul 2024
Work experience
0 to 7 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
Dutch (Fluent)
24 Jul 2024 22:00

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Young Graduate Opportunity in the Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications

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.

This post is classified F1 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Our team and mission

You will work on the activities related to the Greek National Telecom Satellite Space Project, the management of which is entrusted to ESA. The project is part of Greece’s Recovery and Resilience Facility plans, which aim to enhance its capabilities in satellite technologies and applications and empower the country to exchange satellite data. You will report to the Greek National Telecom Satellites project manager and support the procurement of several cubesats. This shall include the design and development, PFM manufacturing, integration, testing and in-orbit validation of the cubesats.

For the performance of your tasks, you will work closely with ESA experts, the Greek SMEs and research/academic entities associated with this work.

You are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship

Your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • following cubesat project in line with their declared technical, programmatic, schedule and cost objectives;
  • developing and validating innovative solutions up to in-orbit validation;
  • follow-up of the satellite mission and system analyses;
  • following the external interfaces (launcher and launch site interfaces, mission and payload interfaces, space-to-ground interfaces including the TC&R architecture and the TMTC plan);
  • overseeing the implementation of an FDIR strategy, operational concepts and corresponding products, along with user requirements for the ground segment;
  • supporting the definition and conduct of test campaigns;
  • contribute to cubesat project reviews;
  • monitoring and maintaining up to date the associated technical budgets;
  • providing regular technical reporting to the ESA Satellite Project Manager.

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

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


You should have just completed or be in the final year of your master’s degree in Space Engineering.

Additional requirements

You should have good interpersonal and communication skills and should be able to work in a multicultural environment, both independently and as part of a team.

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.

During the interview 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.

For further information on the Young Graduate Programme please visit: Young Graduate Programme and FAQ Young Graduate Programme

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us 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 Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, 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 conducted by an external background screening service.

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

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