Your mission:

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 20 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 01.02.2015.

The GNSS Regional Augmentation System Division is responsible of the development of the EGNOS system and its qualification, in its role as Design and Procurement Agent, under the programme management of European Commission and in the context of a delegation agreement. It is also managing a number of activities under the European GNSS Evolutions Programme, including the definition phase of the future EGNOS V3 and a number of experimentation test beds.

The incumbent will work in the Mission and System Engineering Section. This section is responsible of EGNOS system engineering activities in short, mid and long-term, including European GNSS Evolutions Programme Test Beds, Phase A of the future EGNOS V3, mission engineering, standardisation, interoperability, software tools and performance monitoring. See also:


  • performing system engineering analyses based on simulations
  • the production of technical documents
  • support the review of Industry performance tools and related technical documents
  • support in the review of documentation corresponding to other activities managed or supported by the GNSS Regional Augmentation System Division
  • support performance investigation activities

In particular, two important areas of work to be addressed by the incumbent will be the following:

  • characterisation of EGNOS accuracy in the edge of service area
  • assessment of WAAS continuity

Both tasks will involve input data gathering, pre-processing, simulations and analysis, results, elaboration of a technical note and internal presentation.

Applications received until 7th September 2014 will be considered.

Your qualifications:

  • German citizenship is absolutely necessary
  • applicants should have just completed (conclusion not older than two years) or be in their final year of a university course at Master’s level in Aerospace Engineering, Robotics or Computer Science or one of the other branches of Natural Sciences, preferably with a focus on Space and/or System Engineering
  • candidates must be fluent in English or French, the official languages of the agency
  • candidates should have good interpersonal and communication skills and should be able to work in a multi-cultural environment, both independently and as part of a team

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

German Trainee Programme

February 2015

12 up to 24 months

attractive scholarship


Contact person :

Larissa Seidlez

Strategy and International Relations

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