Young Graduate Trainee for Polar Remote Sensing Data Validation, Rome, Italy 320 views

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.

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 Polar Remote Sensing Data Validation This post is classified F1.

Location ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

Our team and mission

The team works towards the objective of improving the overall data quality of ESA Explorer, third-party and all Copernicus missions. The aim is to enhance remote-sensing products at all different levels and develop new algorithms and user products to strive towards an ever- improving offer of satellite products to the global user community. The team consists of experts in active and passive remote-sensing of the oceans, land surfaces and the atmosphere working together to develop visions and strategies to provide the most accurate satellite data products possible.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

As a YGT you will be involved in the validation, analysis and algorithm development of polar microwave remote sensing and/or altimetry-based products measured from past, current and future ESA EO satellites.

The scope of the Traineeship encompasses the definition of infrastructures, tools and data bases that will be used for the validation of polar EO products. You will work on the definition and methodologies for providing a Reference Measurement Data Set.

You will work on the ‘new’ concept of Fiducial Reference Measurement (FRM) applying a metrology approach for a validation data set. The metrology approach consists in deriving a precise and traceable uncertainty budget for the validation measurement.

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, in particular physics, engineering or earth science.

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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