ESA offers a unique opportunity to work with a highly dedicated team of scientists, engineers, managers and administrative staff, committed to ensuring that Europe continues to remain at the forefront of the space industry.
How to apply
If you are interested in becoming an ESA staff member, you can find all current job opportunities here. Each job opportunity includes job profile, location and closing date. To apply, you first have to register and create your candidate profile. Once you have applied, you will be able to track the status of your application.
We do not take unsolicited applications. However, we encourage you to check back regularly as job openings are frequently updated. Applications are accepted from nationals of ESA Member States and European Cooperating States, together with Canada which has a cooperation agreement with ESA.
All the applications received are evaluated. Candidates selected for an interview are generally advised within two to four weeks of the closing date. ESA covers economy class travel expenses for all candidates invited to attend an interview.
Vacancies are normally filled through direct competition from a vacancy announcement. In some cases staff may be reassigned to another post within the same grade, the same location or the same Directorate.
Vacancies are published internally on the Agency’s intranet and, if open to external competition, are published on this website. Posts filled by competition at A5 and A6 level are always published externally as well as internally. When necessary, additional means of recruiting staff are used such as newspaper advertisements, publication on specialised commercial websites and the use of specialised recruitment companies.
Communication and outreach campaigns and job fairs are being held to attract under-represented categories of applicants such as women in engineering and scientific fields, and nationals from some ESA Member States.
The selection of candidates is generally conducted by an interview board, which evaluates the qualifications and suitability of candidates.
Staff members, irrespective of their category (A, B, C or L), are usually appointed for an initial period of four years, subject to a satisfactory probationary period of six months.
Extensions for B and C category staff are for an indefinite period and extensions of contracts for A and L grade staff are normally for a period of six years, with a possibility of another extension for an indefinite period. For staff with an indefinite contract, the contract terminates at the end of the month in which the staff member turns 63 if recruited after 1 July 2010.
Different rules apply for Canadians, as Canada is a cooperating country, and in the rare instances where ESA employs nationals of non-Member States. In these cases the initial four-year contract can be extended for six years, with further extensions for periods of not more than four years up to the age of 63 if recruited after 1 July 2010.
Some ESA staff positions are referred to as Advance Recruitments. Contracts for advance recruits are for a maximum of two years and are not renewable. However, upon termination of an advance recruit contract an ESA staff contract may be given.
Last update: 6 July 2017