Selection process

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. Candidates may also be required to undergo selection tests.

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