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.
Young Graduate Trainee for Advanced Concepts for Space Architecture and Infrastructure
This post is classified F1.
Noordwijk, Netherlands (NL)
Our team and mission
The Advanced Concepts and Studies Office ensures the overall coordination, coherence and performance of programme and corporate studies in support to the preparation of the Agency’s future activities, in line with its long-term strategic objectives and priorities. In particular, it manages the General Studies Programme (GSP) and the Advanced Concepts Team (ACT).
The ACT is in charge of beyond-the-horizon multidisciplinary research for space, exploring new approaches to space- related R&D (including competitions, prizes, games), research for disruptive innovation, developing an expert network at academic level and providing a capability for fast first look analysis of problems, challenges and opportunities. The ACT engages in collaborative research relations with university institutes and research centres, focusing on advanced research topics of potential strategic interest to the space sector and in experimenting with new forms of teamwork. In order to achieve this goal, a multidisciplinary research environment is provided, in which young scientific and engineering post-doctoral and post-graduate researchers carry out work on emerging technologies and innovative concepts.
More information on the team is accessible on the ACT website (here).
Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ESA website: http://www.esa.int
Field(s) of activities
Since the early years of space exploration, studies have discussed the possibility of building space habitats and very large space structures. Most of those early visions and designs did not materialise into space projects. They involved the orbital deployment of typically heavy infrastructures, which was only credible in a scenario of exponential increase of launching capacities. While launch capabilities have improved only gradually since then, space exploitation activities have evolved considerably. At the same time, fabrication techniques are changing and advancing at a considerable pace. The first 3D printed houses have been produced and a new generation of innovative ‘intelligent’ buildings are emerging, using new technologies and materials. Such new developments are merging contemporary architectural design with engineering, construction and natural sciences. This shift in design thinking and methods calls for a transition from Computer Aided Design (CAD) to Computational Design in order to generate integrated systems through computational processes.
The Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) will be encouraged to propose and carry out new projects in the fields of space architecture and infrastructure based on his/her own expertise, interests and insight. The following list contains examples of topics of potential interest:
Depending on the nature of the project, the trainee may also be required to interface with the academic community in these fields.
The YGT will be a full member of the ACT and is therefore expected to contribute to the development and assessment of new concepts and technologies for space applications in close interaction with ACT researchers who work on a broad range of disciplines, including informatics, artificial intelligence, climate modelling, energy systems, fundamental physics, biomimetics, computational management science and mission analysis. Based on her/his detailed background and interests and the opportunities and needs of the team, the trainee will be involved in a number of other ACT initiatives, including studies conducted via the Ariadna scheme (www.esa.int/ariadna), and will also participate in reporting and communicating the results of the team, both internally and externally.
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
Applicants should have just completed, or be in their final year of a University course at Masters Level (or equivalent) in a technical or scientific discipline, in particular in architecture, building technology, civil engineering, industrial design, or related field.
Experience with computational design, simulation and fabrication, including design software, such as Rhino, Revit, Microstation, Generative Components, Grasshopper and Dynamo, is an asset.
Applicants should show a genuine interest in applied academic research, together with sound analytical skills, and avid curiosity.
Applicants must be fluent in English and/or French, the working languages of the Agency. A good proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.
In addition to the above competencies, applicants should demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team.
During the interview the candidates' motivation and overall professional perspective/career goals will also be explored.
For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.
The closing date for applications is 17 December 2017.
If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 UK, or Slovenia as an Associate Member, Canada as a Cooperating State, 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