The period for applying for Trainee Opportunities in 2014 is now open!
The deadline for applications is 10th February 2014
Projects being offered
The following projects are being offered for 2014. Click on each title for a description of the project:
- The spectral energy distribution (SED) of the quasar 3C 273 with XMM-Newton
- Ultraviolet observations of novae in the Andromeda galaxy - a population study with XMM-Newton and Swift
- Investigation of possible weak force dependency on Sun-Earth distance
- Lightning on Venus? Searching for optical evidence with VIRTIS on Venus Express
- Preparation of Large Hyperspectral Data Sets for GPU Processing
- Lunar multi spectral data reduction of the SMART-1 AMIE dataset
- The BeXRB Activity Monitor
- The population of Galactic X-ray bursters as seen by JEM-X onboard INTEGRAL
- X-ray binaries as strong gravity laboratories: hunting for the signature of General Relativity in neutron star accreting binaries
- Probing the earliest galaxies with gravitational lensing
- Improving the flux calibration of Herschel/SPIRE Fourier-Transform Spectrometer (FTS) using all observations of Uranus
- Investigation and correction of Herschel/HIFI spectral baseline artefacts
- Analysis of infrared data of exoplanet-forming transitional disks
- Massive Stars and Their Ejecta
- Re-entry modelling validation and testing to save the Earth and protect humankind
- Advanced ergonomics for new Human-Machine interaction models
- Extrasolar planets around Gaia very bright stars
- Enhancing the Worldwide Exposure of ESA Science Archives and Virtual Observatory Tools: Development of Scientific tutorials
- A Coherent Optical Spectral Library of T-Tauri stars
- Who is following the Chamaeleon? Analysis of spectra of new candidate young stars in and around the Chamaeleon clouds selected by proper motion
- Automation of the Solar Observatory Helios
- CESAR Robotic Optical Telescope
A PDF file with all the projects being offered is also available for download.
Who can apply?
Applicants should be on the verge of completing their Bachelors degree, or be in the first half of their Masters course. To apply you must be a national of an ESA Member State or one of its Cooperating States. Member States include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Canada is a Cooperating State and Estonia, Hungary and Slovenia are European Cooperating States (PECS).
- Traineeships last from three to six months.
- Traineeships are unpaid, however a daily allowance may be granted of €20 for non-residents and €10 for residents. A non-resident is defined as someone living more than 50 km from the establishment.
- Trainees have to provide their own health insurance, accident insurance and travel expenses.
- Trainees are responsible for finding their own accommodation.
Further information on ESA Trainee Programmes can be found here.
How to apply
Please complete the online application form, filling out your details, indicating which projects you want to apply for (a maximum of 3) and uploading your CV (in English). The application deadline is 10th February 2014. If you are having any problems with the application form, or have any queries, please contact Deborah Baines.
You will be contacted shortly after the deadline if you have been invited for an interview. An interview session will be organised in March 2014 at ESAC (date will be announced in 2014), where you have the opportunity to talk to each tutor of the projects of your interest. If you are unable to attend the interview session, telephone interviews will be held.
How to get to ESAC
Instructions on how to get to ESAC can be found here (in English), here (in Spanish), and also on the XMM-Newton pages.
Additional Information Sessions
Presentations on the new projects are scheduled for the following:
- Universidad Politénica de Madrid (date to be confirmed).
- Universidad Complutense de Madrid (date to be confirmed).
The ESAC Trainee Project is part of the ESA Internship programme and is organised and funded by the ESAC HR Service and the Science Operations Department, in collaboration with the ESAC Faculty and the ESA Education Office.