Young Graduate Trainee in New Space Propulsion Test FM & the European Space Transportation HUB




ESA Headquarters, Paris, France


Our team and mission

Both the Propulsion test facilities & services and the organisation of the HUB are managed within the Infrastructure and Value Chain Department in ESA Space Transportation Directorate.


  • The Propulsion test facilities & services team ensures the maintenance in operational conditions of ESA owned engine test facilities operated by private and public actors in Europe and French Guiana. It has elaborated strategic recommendations to optimise the use of these facilities, including their opening up towards new space players.


  • The European Space Transportation HUB is an ESA & CNES endeavour aiming at:
    • Gathering all the relevant and interested space actors, in particular new space ones;
    • Promoting innovation and synergies;
    • Preparing future generations of services in terms of space transportation.


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Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship

As a Young Graduate Trainee, you will be reporting to the Head of Propulsion Test Facilities & Services.


Under the supervision of the Head of the Propulsion Test Facilities & Services and of the European Space Transportation HUB Manager, you will:


  • Implement the actions derived from ESA Strategy regarding New Space Propulsion Tests;
  • Support the development, by ESA and CNES, of the freshly created European Space Transportation HUB.

Along these two lines, you will work in a very exciting international environment, dealing with a wide range of activities, and develop both project management and initiative/business development skills. You will have the opportunity of pioneering new approaches in the European Space Transportation sector, involving both public and private entities while fostering the cross business between the potential partners. Your contribution to New Space Propulsion Tests activities will be particularly relevant for supporting thematic working groups in the frame of the HUB, the topic being potentially a good pilot case for a first working group of the HUB.


More specifically your activities will include:


  • Learning about the functions of a Propulsion Test Facility, understanding ESA role on Propulsion Tests as well as ESA’s strategy about Propulsion Test Facilities for New Space,
  • Evaluating together with Test bench Operators and New Space Primes the best way forward for Europe, identifying short and long-term actions – eg. buy vs. rent assets / internet page development / network of experts / harmonisation & standardisation of equipment and interfaces / new approaches…
  • Managing the progress of the action plan with the different stakeholders (Test Bench Operators, New Space Primes, ESA interfaces…) in a project mode (schedule, risks, costs, reporting…),
  • Helping to develop in close coordination with CNES the most appropriate model to bring together in the HUB European space transportation actors, allowing to build on the synergies, favoured by proximity of stakeholders, and to promote innovation through the sharing of means, practices and expertise,
  • Identifying the services that would bring value to space transportation companies and organisations, boost the overall European space economy, and raise the attractiveness of the European space ecosystem,
  • Redacting organisational documents, organising events – in coordination with CNES for the HUB,
  • Bringing innovative, disruptive and out-of-the-box ideas.

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 international cooperation or international communication related matters, or interdisciplinary space studies.

Additional requirements

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


The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of both is required in order to best interact with our CNES partner and the numerous French speaking companies and organisations member of the HUB. 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


Applicants must be eligible to access technology and hardware which is subject to European and US export control regulations.


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 [email protected].


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

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