GTP-2020-EOP-ΦM-EO: Graduate or Master Student specialized in Earth Observation or similar - Future Missions and Instrument Division (GTP-2020-EOP-ΦM-EO)

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Köln, Germany

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Vocational training

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Have you (almost) completed your degree studies? Are you inspired by space exploration and keen to pursue a career in this exciting field? If so, perhaps you should take a closer look at the German Trainee Programme. Organised by DLR, it offers you the chance to work shoulder to shoulder with experts from the 22 member states of ESA – keeping your finger on the pulse of Europe‘s space programmes. Over a period up to 24 months, you will actively contribute to the latest research and/or technology projects. This is complemented by a generous scholarship. What better way to launch your career in international space business? The next GTP commences on 1st February 2020.

This is your opportunity to join the team at ESTEC – Noordwijk, Netherlands
Future Missions and Instrument Division (GTP-2020-EOP-ΦM-EO)

The role of the Future Missions and Instruments Division is to prepare the Earth observation (EO) missions, instruments and technologies of the future, encompassing a wide range of research missions (Earth Explorers) and operational missions (Copernicus Sentinels together with the EU and meteorology missions together with EUMETSAT). The work carried out is mainly related to:

the end-to-end definition of space missions, including orbits, instruments, platforms, end-to-end performance, data flow, launcher interfaces, and ground processing to meet the observation requirements definition and pre-development of instruments (optical and microwave) and platforms (including payload data handling and transmission), including breadboarding of critical elements for technology development and risk retirement

The work is carried out in close cooperation with specialists in the different technology domains as well as with the scientists and/or data users proposing the mission or expected to use its results. The post will offer the possibility of being exposed to the wide range of technology developments in the field of Earth Observation instrumentation (mainly optical and microwave) and of spacecraft technologies.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ESA website:


You will support the work of the Division in the definition, development and exploitation of System Engineering and Sizing Tools suitable for the preliminary analysis and sizing of future EO missions. In particular you will perform the following activities:

support to establish an assessment and synthesis of the type of EO payloads, both RF and Optical, that could be embarked in small satellites, including among others their observation technique, frequency used, preliminary analysis and sizing for future EO satellite missions. for the most promising observation concepts, a coherent and representative modelling of the critical element of the system, (satellite/platform and its subsystems, payload) shall be established in collaboration with other members of the Division. support the maintenance of the EO Mission Concept Compendium. focus on Space Technology aspects for those promising concepts and critical sub-systems, including miniaturization, performance or lifetime, and support the elaboration of a potential roadmap for its implementation. By Space Technology for EO, it is understood as On-Board Technology, not On-Ground data processing for EO applications. actively participate to the evolution of the existing EO System Engineering and Sizing tools used in the Future Missions and Instruments Division. use the above System Engineering and Sizing Tools for system and technology trade-offs, preliminary sizing and performance evaluation of a selected set of future EO missions. provide support to mission and system studies in preparation for future EO missions.

You will be exposed to the wide range of technology developments in the field of EO instrumentation (mainly optical and microwave) and of spacecraft technologies, and will gain experience of technical project management and system engineering.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: GTP-2020-EOP-ΦM-EO