European Space Agency (ESA)

Young Graduate Trainee (Applied Optics / Optical Engineering)

European Space Agency (ESA)

Job Description

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY Young Graduate Traineeship 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. Applications from women are encouraged. Post: Young Graduate Trainee for Applied Optics/Optical Engineering - This post is classified F1. Location: ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands Our team and mission The Optics Section of the Mechatronics & Optics Division provides optical engineering support to projects and carries out technological research in optical components technology, optical instrumentation (spectro-radiometric imaging instruments in the visible/infrared, interferometry, optical aperture synthesis) and testing (calibration and performance verification). Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website: www.esa.int/ESA Field(s) of activity During this traineeship, you will be given the opportunity to get acquainted with the principles of optical verification and characterisation tests applicable to optical space instrumentation. You will support specific tests for optical components such as scatter, transmission/reflection and wavefront error measurement. You will be involved in preparation, execution and Analysis of these measurements. You will also support the setting-up and operation of optical ground test equipment for verification and characterisation of small space instruments in the optical laboratory, verifying proper operation of the equipment by designing and performing appropriate characterisation tests. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to review the Design of novel instruments and carry out performance analysis activities using optical software tools. 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 Communication Continuous Learning Cross-Cultural Sensitivity Teamwork Education You should have just completed, or be in the final year of a university course at Master's level (or equivalent) in physics or optical engineering. 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 contact.human.resources@esa.int. 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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