Young Graduate Trainee for Mechanical Design of Ground Support Equipment, Noordwijk, Netherlands 301 views


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 Mechanical Design of Ground Support Equipment This post is classified F1.

Location ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Our team and mission

The Test Centre Division is in charge of the ESTEC Test Centre where satellites and other space hardware from ESA are tested before being launched into space. For this purpose, the Centre is equipped with a large number of world-class test facilities and is developing new test method and measuring techniques. The tasks assigned to the Division are:

  • Operation, maintenance and updating of the facilities of the ESTEC Test Centre
  • Mechanical and electrical engineering support to projects and ESTEC laboratories
  • Assembly, integration and verification support to projects
  • Study and development of new test methods and test facilities
  • Study, development and application of new measurement equipment (e.g. videogrammetry, thermography) and data acquisition systems.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website: www.esa.int/ESA

Field(s) of activity

As a YGT you will be entrusted with the conceptual design of a remotely-controlled translation stage to be deployed in the VTC1.5 thermal vacuum facility for the positioning in three degrees of freedom of small payloads (test article up to 30kg), changing its orientation with respect to the sun simulator. This task includes preliminary definition of the electrical interface and systems.

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 mechanical engineering or mechatronics.

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 [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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