German Trainee Programme

Flex Performance Engineering

Starting date

1 February 2018

Duration of contract

12-24 months


attractive scholarship

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 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 1 February 2018.

This is your opportunity to join the team at ESTEC, Noordwijk, NL
GTP-2018-EOP-PDI - Flex performance engineer

The position is within the Instrument team of the Flex satellite project. The Flex satellite is an earth observation satellite within the Earth Explorer program due for launch in early 2022, which will measure as a “world-premiere” the fluorescence signal emitted from the vegetation. In combination with other measurements (e.g. vegetation temperature), this will allow to quantify the actual photosynthetic activity of terrestrial ecosystems and  physiological indicators for vegetation health status. The Instrument team is in charge to follow the development of the optical instruments on board the satellite. The trainee will integrate the instrument team to support the system and scientific performance assessment.

The trainee will be in charge to assess in details the impact on scientific performances (e.g fluorescence retrieval) of the optical performances of the instruments. In particular, the impact of straylight, spectral features, polarisation sensitivity on system performance shall be assessed. The performance assessment will be performed based on mathematical simulations.

Please apply by 6 September 2017.

Your qualifications:

  • engineering degree or master in Physics
  • good knowledge in image processing
  • knowledge in optics is an asset
  • good knowledge of mathematical SW programming languages (e.g. Matlab, Python, IDL)
  • 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 a technical or scientific discipline
  • candidates must be fluent in English or French, the official languages of the agency

Your start:

We look forward to your e-mail application in English, citing GTP-2018-EOP-PDI to

Please visit the German Trainee Programme page for details of our application procedures. If you have any initial questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Larissa Seidlez:

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