GTP-2020-TEC-ST: Graduate or Master Student specialized in Law, business or similar - Technology Transfer and Patent Office (GTP-2020-TEC-ST)

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Köln, Germany

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Area of research:

Vocational training

Job description:

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
Technology Transfer and Patent Office (GTP-2020-TEC-ST)

ESA believes that the European  space  industry  should be  at  the  forefront of  innovation to  solve problems we face here, on Earth. The Technology Transfer and Patent Office (TTPO) facilitates and de- risks the technology transfer process by offering technical and financial support to the space industry.

The TTPO implements its mission by offering the following services:

Technology Transfer Services

identification of space technologies suitable for transfer (e.g. from ESA contracts) answer non-space market needs finance technology transfer demonstration activities

Technical support

provide access to ESA technical expertise


manage ESA´s patents portfolio & provide access to them

You will provide support to the team to identify and promote space-developed technologies and know- how that could find their way in other sectors than space. You may also be involved in the management of ESA’s patents portfolio, if you are interested.

We are a small team made of five hard working and dynamic people who enjoy sharing their experience with trainees and always strive to give them tasks that will allow their professional development. The TTPO has the mission to support the transfer of technologies stemming out from all ESA’s programme, therefore the applicant will have a chance to develop a large network by interacting with ESA and industry experts from the many different disciplines and technical fields.


You will be asked to identify space technologies and know-how with the following objectives:

build a technology/know-how catalogue stemming out of ESA R&D activities and programs answer concrete market needs received from non-space companies develop a network of space companies interested in technology transfer develop an ESA TTPO network inside the ESA

To achieve this goal, you will be expected to:

discuss results of R&D activities with ESA technical experts identify technologies for transfer and its potential non-space applications contact space companies and space agencies develop the Technology Descriptions in view of their promotion and matching with non-space needs answer concrete market needs received from non-space companies study the best route to market and initiate promotion actions support to the rest of the team may be requested as needed

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: GTP-2020-TEC-ST