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NATIONAL TRAINEE PROGRAMME

Launch your space career.

The National Trainee Programme (NTP) is an extraordinary programme offering the opportunity to work at the European Space Agency ESA and gain valuable experience in the development and operation of space missions. National Trainees gain valuable hands-on training and experience, launching their career in the space sector in industry, research or, of course, at ESA itself. This, in addition to the rich personal experience of living and working in another country within an exciting, diverse and international environment, makes the NTP very unique.

The Swiss Space Office of the State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI/SSO) has initiated the NTP nationally to foster and promote space careers for young graduates and professionals. The SERI/SSO has entrusted the Swiss Space Center to implement the programme and act as national point of contact. The successful candidate will be hired by the Swiss Space Center to work on dedicated space projects in ESA centers. He/She will work at ESA on selected projects, under the supervision and mentorship of ESA experts in the chosen fields. The traineeship is scheduled for a period of 2 years.

National Trainee Programme 2020

Open call for applications until June 10th 2020, 23:59 (CET).

Conditions

The following special conditions apply for all the job descriptions:

  • Limited to Swiss citizens
  • Applicant shall hold a master degree (or equivalent) obtained within the last 3 years
  • The traineeship is scheduled for a period of 2 years
  • Only one application per candidate should be sent, to apply for more than one position, a priority list needs to be provided in the letter of motivation
  • Location: ESA sites (as mentioned in the offers)
  • Beginning of contract 1st December 2020

How to Apply

Each application should contain:

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letter of reference being a plus

All documents should be sent in English and in PDF format to Julien Bonnaud before the 10th June 2020, 23:59 (CET).

National Trainee Programme 2019

call for application is closed.

conditions.

The following special conditions apply for all the job descriptions:

  • Limited to Swiss citizens
  • Applicant shall hold a master degree (or equivalent) obtained within the last 3 years
  • The traineeship is scheduled for a period of 2 years
  • Only one application per candidate should be sent, to apply for more than one position, a priority list needs to be provided in the letter of motivation
  • Location: ESA sites (as mentioned in the offers)
  • Beginning of contract 1st December 2019

National Trainee Programme 2018

call for application is closed.

conditions.

The following special conditions apply for all the job descriptions:

  • Limited to Swiss citizens
  • Applicant shall hold a master degree (or equivalent) obtained within the last 3 years
  • The contract is limited to 1 year, renewable 1 year if agreed by all the parties concerned
  • Only one application per candidate should be sent, to apply for more than one position, a priority list needs to be provided in the letter of motivation
  • Location: ESA sites (as mentioned in the offers)
  • Beginning of contract 1st December 2018

National Trainee Programme 2017

call for application is closed.

conditions.

The following special conditions apply for all the job descriptions:

  • Limited to Swiss citizens
  • Applicant shall hold a master degree (or equivalent) obtained within the last 3 years
  • The contract is limited to 1 year, renewable 1 year if agreed by all the parties concerned
  • Only one application per candidate should be sent, to apply for more than one position, a priority list needs to be provided in the letter of motivation
  • Location: ESA sites (as mentioned in the offers)
  • Beginning of contract 1st December 2017

National Trainee Programme 2016

call for application is closed.

Our Current National Trainees

  • Raphaël Valceschini
    Raphaël Valceschini NTP

    Time & Freq., ESA ESTEC

  • Héloïse Boross
    Héloïse Boross NTP

    Prodex office, ESA ESTEC

  • Maude Maréchal
    Maude Maréchal NTP

    Additive Manufacturing, ESA ESTEC

  • Valère Girardin
    Valère Girardin NTP

    Future Launchers Preparatory Programme, ESA HQ

  • Miro Voellmy
    Miro Voellmy NTP

    Automation and Robotics, ESA ESTEC

  • Lorenz Affentranger
    Lorenz Affentranger NTP

    System Engineer, ESA ESTEC

  • Timon Schild
    Timon Schild NTP

    Lunar ISRU, ESA EAC

  • Cyrill Knüsel
    Cyrill Knüsel NTP

    Small Sat operations, ESA ESOC