Young Graduate Trainee for JUICE Science Operations, Madrid, Spain 236 views

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Science.

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 Science Operations (JUICE) This post is classified F1.

Location ESAC, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain

Our team and mission

JUICE is the first large-class mission under ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme. Planned for launch in 2022 and arrival at Jupiter in 2030, it will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet and three of its largest moons: Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.

The JUICE Science Operations Centre (SOC) is in charge of implementing the ESA contribution to the JUICE Science Ground Segment. During the mission development phase, the SOC supports analysis of the mission science performance levels, by interfacing with the JUICE Project and Instrument teams. This support includes development of tools and processes to implement both high-level mission science planning on candidate trajectories and in-depth analysis of specific mission phases, to understand better the feasibility of science operations within operational constraints. The JUICE SOC team is an actor at the crossroads of science and engineering – at this early stage of development, it is focused on analysing the science and science operations needs of the mission and developing system prototypes that can best support all related tasks.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

As a YGT you will be integrated within the SOC team. The main goal of this Traineeship is to explore and adapt the software engineering solutions needed to support the team and the scientists in producing a feasible science operations plan in a highly constrained mission environment, taking into account that most of the constraints cannot be represented through a classic design formulation.

The methods investigated during the Traineeship should also factor in that the SOC work involves data users located in different parts of the world, interacting in real time or offline.

You are expected to work on the following tasks:

  • analysing and understanding the requirements.
  • exploring, designing and adapting concurrent data containers to store all data and transactions generated by the process described before.
  • adapting existing concurrent, collaboration algorithms – like operational transformation – for them to be used in the science operations planning work; note that as the solution space is very large and the validations steps are time-consuming, in the Traineeship it will be relevant to consider parallel and scalable software solutions.
  • investigating use of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to support the SOC team in analysing the results of multiple simulations of the science operations plans.

For each of these tasks, you will be expected to develop a simple proof-of-concept of the proposed methods.

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


Continuous Learning

Cross-Cultural Sensitivity



You should have just completed, or be in the final year of a university course at Master’s level (or equivalent) in a technical or scientific discipline preferably related to software engineering.

Additional requirements

Knowledge of AI, algorithm and concurrent system is an asset.

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 [email protected]

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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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