Young Graduate Trainee in Space Transportation Strategy, Market Analysis and Engineering




ESA Headquarters, Paris, France


Our team and mission

The position is located in the Space Transportation Policy & Communication Office reporting to the Head of the Space Transportation Strategy and Institutional Launches responsible for:


  • supporting the formulation of the European space transportation sector strategy;
  • drafting decision documents for the ESA Council and its delegate bodies, in particular agreements, Declarations and programme proposals for Ministerial Council decisions;
  • coordinating the Directorate’s relations with Member States, EU institutions and other spacefaring States, conducting related negotiations and coordinating joint events;
  • assessing the value of ESA’s space transportation activities to Europe’s citizens and contributing to ESA socio-economic studies and to life cycle analysis;
  • assessing the evolution of the worldwide space transportation supply and accessible demand providing regular analysis;
  • coordinating the Directorate’s contributions to corporate action plans and advising on matters dealt with by the Executive Board at DG level;
  • leading the ESA Collective Launch Service Procurement and providing mission users with an end-to-end service on all launch service aspects, from mission design definition up to launch;
  • acting as focal point for the Directorate’s interface with space transportation service providers;
  • coordinating the Directorate’s assessment and coherent implementation of the governance for the new launch system development and exploitation phases;
  • leading implementation of the Boost! Programme;
  • leading the Directorate’s communication activities across sites and establishing the rolling communication plan for the Directorate’s external communication.


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Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship

You will perform interdisciplinary research and comprehensive analysis on specific topics relevant to the global satellite market for launch services, the set-up and developments in the global launcher sector and related market intelligence
activities. You will be involved in the following activities:


  • monitoring, collecting and reporting on technical and strategic information related to satellite market demand, launch systems and launch services, including micro-launcher developments worldwide;
  • analysing business trends and cases in the space transportation sector;
  • reporting regularly on and performing comprehensive analysis of launch systems and spaceports worldwide and keeping related catalogues up to date;
  • supporting systematic approaches to the collection, processing and analysis of market-related information through dashboards and other information tools and coordination of internal users;
  • helping maintain and harmonise up-to-date databases on the forecast worldwide satellite market demand for space transportation services as well as on actual launches performed worldwide, including technical and financial information, and contributing to the setting up of new supplementary databases as required, including on topics such as space tugs and engines;
  • contributing to the continued implementation of a market intelligence tool, including definition and processing of queries and maintaining of collected information;
  • performing comprehensive analysis of (i) public policy and strategy for the development and exploitation of launch systems in selected countries, and (ii) launch service provider strategies and trends in space transportation;
  • supporting relevant socio-economic impact assessments and proposing indicators;
  • performing detailed technical analysis of satellite and launcher system characteristics as well as launch service requirements for specific cases (e.g. satellite on-board propulsion, injection strategies, launcher performance, mapping of launcher subsystems);
  • supporting the preparation of Directorate documents for ESA’s decision-making bodies related to the above, mainly for the Space Transportation Programme Board;
  • providing support for related communication activities;
  • helping the with other tasks as required.

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 engineering or another technical discipline, involving interdisciplinary research.

Additional requirements

You should demonstrate strong interest in and knowledge of space activities. Experience in the space transportation sector is an asset.

You should be familiar with the use of databases and associated software (e.g. Excel, Access, Power BI, data mining). Experience with conducting economic assessments or carrying out market intelligence surveys is an asset.

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. Good proficiency in English is required.

Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

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

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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