The period for applying for Trainee Opportunities in 2018 is now open!
The deadline for applications is 10th December 2017
Projects being offered
Click on the following link to view the projects that are being offered in 2018:
Who can apply?
To apply you must be a national of an ESA Member State or one of its Cooperating States. Member States include: Austria, Belgium, 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. Canada is a Cooperating State and Slovenia is an associate member. Other EU states also have Cooperation Agreements with ESA, such as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania and Malta. Latvia and Slovakia are participating in the Plan for European Cooperating States (PECS). Studying in an ESA member state does not contribute to your eligibility for an ESA traineeship.
Applicants should be in the last few years of their Bachelors degree or be studying a Master's degree. You need to at least be a student (either undergradute or Master's student) when you apply. For recent graduates, we refer you to the ESA Young Graduate Trainee scheme and the ESA National Trainee scheme. For PhD and Post-docs, we refer you to the Network/Partnering Initiative (NPI) and the ESA Research Fellowships.
Traineeships last from three to six months.
Traineeships are unpaid, however a daily allowance may be granted of €20 for non-residents (including weekends) and €15 for residents (not including weekends). A non-resident is defined as someone living more than 50 km from the establishment.
Trainees have to provide their own health insurance, accident insurance and travel expenses.
Trainees are responsible for finding their own accommodation.
Further information on ESA Trainee Programmes can be found here.
How to apply
Please complete the online application form, filling out your details, indicating which projects you want to apply for (a maximum of 3) and uploading your CV (in English). You can also attach a cover letter to your CV if you wish. If you are having any problems with the application form, or have any queries, please contact Deborah Baines.
You will be contacted shortly after the deadline if you have been invited for an interview. An interview day at ESAC will be organised for January/February 2018 where you have the opportunity to talk to each tutor of the projects of your interest. If you are unable to attend the interview session, telephone/web interviews will be held.
How to get to ESAC
The ESAC Trainee Project is part of the ESA Student Placement scheme and is organised and funded by ESAC Human Resources and the Science Operations Department, in collaboration with the ESAC Faculty and the ESA Education Office.