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Are you a professional interested in working at ESA?  Find out about ways to join us, get to know us better and discover how you can play your part in our mission!

At ESA, we recruit professionals and experts in engineering, science, IT, finance, law, HR, communication and facility management and are always on the lookout for new colleagues to support our space missions. Do you have a Masters or PhD in a relevant domain? Are you enthusiastic, curious and a team player and ready to take up a new challenge in an international environment? Then read on to find out more about how you can contribute to ESA missions.

Ways to join us

ESA recruits from all its Members States, together with Canada as a Cooperating State and Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia as Associate Member States.

As an ESA staff member, you have international civil servant status. Most contracts are for an initial period of four years, then extendable for an indefinite period.

ESA offers competitive and attractive salary conditions and benefits, relocation support, learning and development opportunities and generous medical coverage and pensions. Learn more about what we offer.

Our vacancies are published regularly on our recruiting website where you can apply, track the status of your application or set up a job alert with your choice of keyword.

The recruitment process is similar for every position, whether we are seeking a younger or more experienced professional.

Make sure to subscribe to our careers news to never miss an opportunity and set up a job alert on our recruiting site.

What is it like to work at ESA?

Joining ESA is becoming part of a big family of scientists, engineers and business professionals from more than 24 countries, working together in a diverse and international environment. Our mission is the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of everyone and to achieve that we work on inspiring missions and unique space projects.

Learn everything you need to know about Life at ESA. 

Family-friendly environment

From the moment you join ESA, you are taken care of by a team of professionals who are available to guide you as well as your family. Learn everything you need to know in What we offer and Life at ESA.

ESA Establishments

The European Space Agency has eight sites across Europe and a launch site in French Guiana.
Learn more about ESA establishments and facilities.

Learn more about ESA’s programmes and Missions

Still have questions? Maybe you can find the answers in our FAQs.

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