Join the Team
The Advanced Concepts Team recruits continuously Research Fellows, Young Graduate Trainees and stagiaires using the existing European Space Agency channels and mechanisms. The positions are all for a limited amount of time (2 years for RFs, 1 year for YGTs and 2-6 months for stagiaires). Read below on the procedure for each position type.
Research fellowship at the ACT:
Research Fellows are PhD's (post-doc) working at ESA for 2 years under the existing ESA's Fellowship scheme (here is all you need to know on how to apply for an ESA research fellowship). ACT research fellows develop their activity on advanced research topics, requiring both space systems engineering competence and specific theoretical knowledge. Interaction with universities and research institutes -both in Europe and worldwide-is an important aspect of ACT activities. ACT research fellows are therefore expected to have and establish strong links with the academic community outside the natural ones of their originating University. In order to enhance cross-fertilisation between different study areas, interdisciplinary research work is an essential part of the ACT philosophy. Research fellows working in the ACT often have to deal with topics that are not strictly related to their field of expertise. The work requires creativity, open-mindedness and naturally curiosity, as well as a strong aptitude to team work. Typically, researchers continue their career within academia and research centres after the research fellowship stay in the ACT.
Typically ACT research fellows share their time and energy between 1. their own core research, usually proposed and led by the fellow with participation by other researchers from the team, 2. team research projects where they contribute with their specific expertise, and 3. team activities related to the role of the team as internal think-tanks within ESA. For research projects requiring external expertise not readily available within the team or ESA, the Ariadna scheme can be used for collaborative research with European universities.
ACT Research Fellowships are only open to citizens from ESA Member States or ESA Cooperating States. For your convenience, you may look at in the past published ACT research fellowship descriptions.
Why should you apply for the post doc position in our team?
Leopold Summerer explains why Biologists, Physicists and researchers from none space related fields should apply for a post doc position in the Advanced Concepts Team (ACT).
More videos about who we are and what we are doing can be found in the links below:
Of bees and lunar landers’ – biomimetics and space
My heart beats for mathematics
Finding solutions for unsolved problems
An optical affair – what links photonics to planetary system science?
Time and space - research on gravitation spurs innovation
ESA's Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) programme:
This YGT programme offers recently graduated men and women, a one-year non-renewable training contract designed to give valuable work experience and to prepare for future employment in the space industry and/or research. Working in the ACT offers the opportunity of working in an exciting international and multicultural environment. During his year of training the candidate is assigned to one main project but is also exposed to a number of different ideas/projects in all the main ACT categories. Graduate trainees typically work as part of a team under the supervision of an experienced specialist or 'mentor'. To apply for a YGT position in the ACT you must follow the general ESA YGT recruitment process.
ESA's Internship Programme:
This Programme (ESA stages) assists young people from its Member States interested in space and related areas. It helps them to meet their university requirements to carry out an internship as part of their degree, and promotes their academic and professional development by placing them under the guidance of experienced professionals. Stages in the Advanced Concepts Team foster the research in new technologies and concepts for future space applications. ACT Stages are only open to citizens from ESA Member States or ESA Cooperating States. Find here some of the past published ACT stage descriptions.