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European Space Agency

We are the European Space Agency. Our mission is the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of everyone. We watch over Earth, develop and launch inspiring and unique space projects, train astronauts and push the boundaries of science and technology, seeking answers to the big questions about the Universe. We are a family of scientists, engineers and business professionals from all over Europe working together in a diverse and multinational environment. We are dedicated to united space in Europe and united Europe in space.




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- ESA's headquarters are in Paris which is where policies and programmes are decided. ESA also has sites in a number of European countries, each of which has different responsibilities:

- EAC, the European Astronauts Centre in Cologne, Germany;

- ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre, in Villanueva de la Canada, Madrid, Spain;

- ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany;

- ESRIN, the ESA centre for Earth Observation, in Frascati, near Rome, Italy;

- ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

- ECSAT, the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications, Harwell, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.

- ESEC, the European space Security and Education Centre, Redu, Belgium.

ESA also has liaison offices in Belgium, USA and Russia; a launch base in French Guiana and ground/tracking stations in various parts of the world.


Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik

Leistungen, Produkte und Services

Mechanical engineering (thermal, propulsion, structures, mechanisms, materials, mechatronics, optics)
Electrical engineering (data systems, micro-electronics, components, power systems, EMC, RF systems, antennas. TT&C)
System engineering

Telecoms and integrated applications
Software engineering and AIT/AIV
Ground segment systems and operations
Product/quality assurance and safety
Applied mathematics
Earth observation and environmental science
Planetary and space science
Life and material sciences
Communications and public relations
Human Resources
Information Technology
Facilities Management

Karriere & Einstieg

Einstiegsmöglichkeiten bei European Space Agency




Abschlussarbeit im Unternehmen

Einstieg als Trainee (Trainee Program)

Junior-Direkteinstieg für Berufseinsteiger

Einstieg als Quereinsteiger (Career Changer)

Senior-Direkteinstieg für Berufserfahrene

Gesuchte Studiengänge

Augenoptik, Elektronische Gerätetechnik, Elektrotechnik, Gießereitechnik, Glastechnik-Keramik, Hydraulik, Informatik, Ingenieurinformatik, Ingenieurwesen, allg., Kommunikationswissenschaft, Life Science Engineering, Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik, Markscheidewesen, Maschinenbau, Mechatronik, Mikroelektronik, Mikrosystemtechnik, Nautik-Seefahrt, Optik, Physik, Physikalische Technik, Schiffbau-Schiffstechnik, Technische Informatik, Transport-/Fördertechnik, Werkstoffwissenschaften

Kontakt & Infos

Ablauf des Auswahlverfahrens

We evaluate all applications received. You can track the status of your application throughout the selection process and you will also be personally informed of the outcome of your application by email. So long as you have not received an answer from us, your application remains active.

The selection process for ESA positions is as follows:

Online application
You will be asked to complete the online application form and attach your motivation letter, CV and highest education certificate. Immediately after submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email at which point you can follow its status in your candidate profile.

Once the application deadline has passed, the ESA recruitment team will carefully review all applications received and draw up a shortlist of candidates to invite to interview.
If you are shortlisted, you can expect an invitation for either the pre-screening phase or directly for the final online selection interview.
If you are not shortlisted, you will receive an email notifying you accordingly.

Depending on the vacancy you apply for, you might be invited to complete a virtual on-demand pre-screening interview, to attend a pre-screening telephone interview or to participate in a written test.

Assessment centre (for ESA leadership roles)
For ESA leadership roles, the selection process includes a Leadership Competency Assessment. This is conducted by an external party.

Final interview with ESA selection board
Most of our interviews take place online on Webex or Microsoft Teams. The interview will be conducted by a panel of interviewers.

Interview outcome and ESA offer
If you are the selected candidate, you will receive a personal notification which will be followed by our job offer intention email, asking you to provide additional information. Once we have received this information, we will send our final ESA contract offer to you.
All the other interviewed candidates will be notified of the outcome via email.

Medical check
Before our contract offer can be confirmed, you will be asked to complete a basic medical screening and to send the results to the ESA Medical Officer. Once they have given their green light, the ESA contract will be confirmed.

Background check
Before you can start working for ESA, you will be required to undergo a basic background screening. This process is conducted by an external party.

Welcome to ESA!
Once you have accepted our offer and the administrative part is formalised, you will enter the onboarding phase that takes you all the way to your first day at ESA!
We encourage you to visit our FAQs for all the information you need if you are considering applying for a position at ESA.

Weitere Informationen

ESA is always looking to recruit professionals from engineering, science, and business services to join its team and work on inspiring missions at the heart of European space activities!

ESA recruits people at many points on their career path; from young researchers at Masters and PhD level to professionals with up to 20 years of experience. But most of all, we are looking for future colleagues with team spirit, curiosity and a passion for space, inspired by working in a diverse and multicultural workplace.
The expertise of our staff is a key factor in supporting the development of space missions, whether you originally come from the space industry or not!

*Who can apply?*
We accept applications from citizens of the following ESA Member 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 as well as from Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as Associate Members, or Canada as a Cooperating State. Nationals from Bulgaria and Cyprus, European Cooperating States, can apply for Young Graduate Traineeships and Internal Research Fellowships.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

Interested in joining ESA as a staff member?

Find out everything you need to know about careers at ESA on our Professionals pages. You will learn about who we are looking for, the employment conditions we offer and more information about work-life balance and life at ESA.

Browse the positions we’re currently recruiting for and apply directly for any of our vacancies. The recruitment process is similar for every position, whether we are seeking a younger or more experienced professional.

Make sure to subscribe to our careers news so that you will not miss an opportunity and also set up a job alert on our recruiting site.

*University students and graduates*

There are six different programmes open to students and recent graduates who are nationals of one of the ESA Member States or Cooperating States:
• Internships are available while you are still studying.
• The Young Graduate Trainee Programme is for students who are about to graduate from a Master’s level course, or for those who have recently graduated.
• National Trainee Programmes are similar to the Young Graduate Trainee programme and are run by several national governments, also targeting those who are either about to graduate, or have recently graduated, with a Master’s degree.
• The Junior Professional Programme is open to graduates of a Master's level degree programme with two to three years of professional experience.
• Researchers can apply for ESA to co-fund space-related PhD and post-doc research activities.
• Post docs can apply to the Research Fellowship Programme.
In addition, if you are still at university and interested in learning more about space, check out the ESA Academy. There are many interesting training courses on offer as well as the possibility to work on a hands-on space project.

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