European Space Agency (ESA)

Young Graduate Trainee (Attitude and Orbit Control Systems 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 Attitude and Orbit Control Systems Engineering This post is classified F1. Location ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands Our team and mission As a YGT you will be a member of the AOCS and Pointing Systems Section of ESA’s GNC, AOCS & Pointing Division. With about 30  team members, the Division is happy to welcome YGTs to contribute to the following Section duties: - PROJECT SUPPORT in the field of AOCS (attitude & orbit control systems) and pointing engineering:
  • AOCS Design, system Analysis and modelling for future and current missions of ESA Directorates for Earth Observation, Science (astronomy observatories), Telecommunications, Navigation;

  • Contributing to the definition of technology development requirements for space missions and ESA technology programmes covering long and short-term needs;

  • Mission enabling R&D activities for AOCS and pointing systems (generic architecture, modes and competitive building blocks including Failure Detection Isolation & Recovery (FDIR), high accuracy pointing);

  • Fostering utilisation for AOCS of advanced control, estimation and optimisation techniques;

  • Technology development of AOCS sensors and actuators (star trackers, sun and Earth sensors, gyroscopes, accelerometers, inertial measurement units, magnetometers, magnetic torquers);

  • Upgrading the AOCS and pointing systems test facilities of the control lab;

  • Evaluating and testing AOCS, pointing systems, associated sensors.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ESA website:  and websites of the main conferences organised by the GNC, AOCS & Pointing Division: ESA GNC Conference, ICATT and ADCSS Field(s) of activity As a YGT you will be involved in AOCS design tasks such as AOCS simulator modelling tools development, AOCS estimation and control design performance and robustness assessment, preliminary design of AOCS subsystems for early mission phases, assessment of AOCS de-orbiting strategy and participation in the CDF (Concurrent Design Facility) in support of the AOCS expert(s) in charge. You will be involved in assessment of novel techniques and methods, such as automated code generation for AOCS software, use of Artificial Intelligence for AOCS, worst-case analysis, pointing error engineering, etc. You will work together with AOCS experts from the AOCS and Pointing Systems Section. This Traineeship will provide you with solid experience, technical skills and hands-on know-how appropriate to developing further in space engineering careers such as AOCS system engineering, AOCS integration and verification engineering and AOCS validation engineering. 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 aerospace engineering. Additional requirements Good knowledge in control design & analysis, electrical systems  and some experience with simulation and test facilities. 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 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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