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 training opportunity is within the Systems and Cost Engineering Division (TEC-SY) of the Technical and Quality Management Directorate (D/TEC) and in particular in the Systems and Concurrent Engineering Section (TEC-SYE) which is responsible for the following main activities:

  • manage and use the Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) to perform internal feasibility studies and design of potential future ESA missions
  • provide system engineering support to ESA programmes and projects in various phases of their development
  • conduct R&D activities related to system engineering methodologies and tools

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  • participation in multidisciplinary and inter-directorate activities for the assessment and conceptual design of future space missions for all ESA programmes
  • hands-on system engineering support to CDF space mission studies and to other facility development and maintenance activities
  • development of engineering tools and models, in particular contributing to the Open Concurrent Design Tool (OCDT) platform ( with the integration of domain specific tools
  • improvement of interoperability and model exchange between European concurrent design centres using standardized approach based on ECSS-E-TM-10-25 and OCDT, including:
    • compatibility of early design models towards later phases utilisation (e.g. Virtual Spacecraft Design)
    • data mining and analysis of early system design models, to support related  knowledge management

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 engineering with preferably an aerospace background and/or specialization in Systems Engineering, Mission Analysis or other system-related disciplines
  • in addition experience with engineering tools (such as MatLab, STK, MatCad, Catia), as well as software development of engineering tools or extensions is required. Skills in any of the programming languages C#, Java, Python and VBA are an asset
  • candidates must be fluent in English or French, the official languages of the agency

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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