Young Graduate Trainee 2018-2019 at European Space Agency in France

Are you about to take your finals? Or do you already have your Master’s degree? If so, then you can apply to ESA as a ‘Young Graduate Trainee’ (YGT). This high-calibre programme lasts for one year and gives successful applicants an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the development and operation of space missions.

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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.

ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA’s programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.

There are around 2200 staff working for ESA, from all the Member States and include scientists, engineers, information technology specialists and administrative personnel.

ESA’s mandatory activities (space science programmes and the general budget) are funded by a financial contribution from all the Agency’s Member States, calculated in accordance with each country’s gross national product. In addition, ESA conducts a number of optional programmes. Each Member State decides in which optional programme they wish to participate and the amount they wish to contribute.

How does ESA operate?

The Council is ESA’s governing body and provides the basic policy guidelines within which ESA develops the European space programme. Each Member State is represented on the Council and has one vote, regardless of its size or financial contribution.

ESA is headed by a Director General who is elected by the Council every four years. Each individual research sector has its own Directorate and reports directly to the Director General. The present Director General of ESA is Jan Woerner.

Location:

France

Benefits

  • Gain valuable experience that can qualify you for the many exciting opportunities within Europe’s space industry, renowned research institutes and, of course, ESA.
  • A diverse and international environment
  • One year contract
  • Approximately €2,300 per month (exempt from national income tax in ESA Member States); the exact amount will depend on the location of the ESA Establishment
  • Expatriation allowance, plus an installation allowance on arrival for those not resident in the country to which they are assigned
  • Travel expenses at the beginning and end of the contract (including travel expenses for spouse and children if they reside with the trainee during the contract)
  • 2.5 days paid leave per month
  • Health cover under ESA’s Social Security scheme

Eligibilities

  • A student in the final year of a Master’s degree at University or an equivalent institutes or have just graduated. Candidates are required to have completed their Master’s degree by the time they start work at ESA.
  • A citizen of one of the ESA Member States or from one of the European Cooperating States, Slovenia as an Associated Member State or Canada as a Cooperating State.
Eligible Regions: European Space Agency Member States, European Cooperating States, Slovenia and Canada

Application Process

Opportunities go online once a year in mid-November, and stay open for one month.

Before applying

  • Once published, you will be able to browse the ESA list of opportunities on the official webpage.
  • Select the one that best matches your interests and profile
  • Remember : you can only apply for one. If you apply to more than one opportunity, all applications you submitted will not be considered.
  • To apply, you first have to register and create your candidate profile with your CV and motivation letter.
  • Once you have applied, you will be able to track the status of your application.

After applying

  • Candidates are selected by the relevant tutor and recruitment interviews typically take place in March.
  • The take-up-duty date is then made by mutual agreement and can be any time from May to September of that same year.
  • All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application by email.

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Application Deadline: December 15, 2018 (2 Days Remaining)

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