German Trainee Programme

Chemical Propulsion Systems Analysis and Design (GTP-2020-TEC-MPC)

Starting date

1 February 2020

Duration of contract

up to 24 months

Type of employment


"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

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
Chemical Propulsion Systems Analysis and Design (GTP-2020-TEC-MPC)

The Propulsion Engineering Section (TEC-MPC) has the following tasks:

  • provide expert technical support and consultancy in launcher propulsion (liquid, including storable and cryogenic technologies, and solid propulsion) and spacecraft (various chemical propulsion technologies) to the Agency project teams responsible for the development of launchers and spacecraft, throughout all project phases
  • contribute to the preparation of work plans in the areas of launcher and spacecraft propulsion in the Agency’s technological programmes
  • prepare  and  manage,  from  a  technical  perspective,  ESA  contracts  for  studies,  experimental investigations and engineering development activities in space propulsion


You will perform model development and implementation, supporting engineering cross check activities. You will apply high-level methods to provide rough estimates for various engineering problems of spacecraft, following on-going development projects.

Furthermore, you will support pre phase A studies, such as those performed in CDF (Concurrent Design Facility) sessions and will use these studies to improve the analysis tools.
During those activities you will have the opportunity to learn a great deal about various aspects of spacecraft propulsion systems and associated design problems, which are characteristic for the individual project phases.

You will deal with topics such as:

  • performing trade-offs between different propulsion systems for given applications
  • calculation of propellant and pressurant budget according to mission profile
  • evaluation of overall engine performance for different propellant combinations, pressure levels etc.
  • propulsion feedline pressure drop and water hammer analysis
  • support of tests (water hammer, passivation, …) in the propulsion laboratory
  • analysis of end of life tank pressure evolution
  • assessment of trajectories and resulting Δv needs
  • set up and maintenance of a propulsion components database

Your qualifications:

  • general knowledge about space propulsion systems, as well as some programming experience in VBA or any other higher programming language are essential for this specific task
  • 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, the official languages of the agency.

Your start:

We look forward to your e-mail application in English, citing GTP-2020-TEC-MPC to

Please visit the German Trainee Programme page for details of our application procedures. Please send your application until September 6, 2019. Your application should consist of a motivation letter and your CV only (CV exclusively in Europass format). Unfortunately we cannot consider further documents. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment. If you have any initial questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Larissa Seidlez:

  • Apply online now
  • You can send this job advertisement via e-mail and complete your application on a personal computer or laptop.

    We need your digital application documents (PDF). The document upload function is not supported by all mobile devices. Please complete your application on a PC/laptop.

    Complete application on PC

Technical contact

Larissa Seidlez

Send message

Vacancy GTP-2020-TEC-MPC