Young Graduate Trainee in Security Engineering in 5G/6G and IoT

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Young Graduate Opportunity in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

This post is classified F1 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale .


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The RF Systems Division is responsible for space instrumentation and end-to-end communication systems, subsystems, and equipment and technologies, covering the following: 

  • Telecommunication system and subsystem design and validation; 
  • Radio navigation system and subsystem design and validation;
  • Commercial ground and user segment products for navigation, telecommunications and remote sensing; 
  • Systems for tracking, telemetry and command (TT&C) and payload data transmission (PDT) for communication, navigation, remote sensing and scientific applications; 
  • Systems testing for performance evaluation and validation;
  • Laboratories to test/prove the soundness of concepts and validate them.

This Young Graduate Traineeship opportunity is available within the Systems Security Engineering Section. 

The Systems Security Engineering Section, in full adherence and compliance with the ESA Security Framework, covers the security engineering processes, techniques and technologies dealing with the security of systems from end to end, subsystems, elements and equipment contributing to or implementing specific detection/mitigation and protection measures, analysis and methodology for vulnerability and risk assessments, and accreditation and certification processes and standards, including system design tools and equipment.

You are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship

You will, as a Young Graduate Trainee in the Systems Security Engineering Section, work on research and development activities relating to security in 5G and 6G, with a special focus on non-terrestrial networks (NTNs). This will include research, security assessment, hands-on testing (in a simulation environment) and design of risks relating to topics such as network slicing, software-defined networks, network function virtualisation, Internet of Things (IoT), virtualisation techniques, edge computing, etc. and proposal of mitigation techniques and defensive measures. Implementation of the identified mitigation techniques and measures in software may follow, along with subsequent evaluation and testing. 

You will have the opportunity to work with experts on the above-mentioned topics and become involved in related R&D activities.

Technical competencies

Knowledge of relevant technical domains

Relevant experience gained during internships/project work

Breadth of exposure coming from past and/or current research/activities

Knowledge of ESA and its programmes/projects

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation

Operational Efficiency

Fostering Cooperation

Relationship Management

Continuous Improvement

Forward Thinking


You should have just completed, or be in the final year of your Master’ s degree in cyber security, telecommunications or computer science.  

Additional requirements

You should have good interpersonal and communication skills and should be able to work in a multicultural environment, both independently and as part of a team.

You should also have:

  • A background in telecommunications or cyber security 
  • Good knowledge of virtualisation techniques
  • Programming skills (e.g. Python) 
  • A background in 5G/6G is an asset
  • A background in software-defined networks is a further asset

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

During the interview, your motivation and overall professional career goals will also be explored. 

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework .

For further information on the Young Graduate Programme please visit: Young Graduate Programme andFAQ Young Graduate Programme

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us email .


Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Nationals from Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as  Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to candidates from under-represented or balanced Member States *. 

In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service. 

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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