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Training Opportunities

The period for applying for Trainee Opportunities in 2015 is now open!

The deadline for applications is 12th January 2015

Projects being offered

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The following projects are being offered for 2015. Click on each title for a description of the project:

  1. Pile-up correction for the XMM-Newton pn X-ray camera
  2. X-ray observations of the active galaxy NGC 985 with XMM-Newton
  3. An Integrated Research Collaboration Application
  4. "Where on Mars will the ExoMars Rover land?" - An interactive web map visualisation of the ExoMars Rover landing sites
  5. Estimating the flux of micro-meteoroids in the Solar System using the IMEM tool
  6. Radiometric calibration of Rosetta navigation camera
  7. Trainee to Support the Development of e[PY]s
  8. Long-term activity of Be X-ray binaries
  9. X-ray bursts and the connection to burst onset conditions
  10. Mapping Solar activity across the Solar system
  11. The mystery of the [NII] emission in the Herschel/HIFI data
  12. Improving the legacy value of Herschel SPIRE FTS data
  13. Photometric redshifts within crowded galaxy cluster fields
  14. Mobile application development for visualization of astronomical data
  15. Predicting the Gaia Downlink Data Rate
  16. Visualisation of data from Gaia's astrometric core solution
  17. Implementation of a data mining tool on the Cluster Science Archive and its application to the study of the Auroral Acceleration Region
  18. CubeSat: Science mission proposal and AOCS demonstrator
  19. THROES: A caTalogue of HeRschel Observations of Evolved Stars
  20. Search for bright nearby M dwarfs with Virtual Observatory tools
  21. Preparation of Science Cases for the CESAR Education Project

A PDF file with all the projects being offered is also available for download.

Who can apply?

  • 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, Latvia and Slovenia are European Cooperating States (PECS). Studying in an ESA member state does not contribute to your eligibility for an ESA traineeship.
  • Applicants should be in the last few years of their Bachelors degree or be studying a Master's degree. You need to at least be a student (either undergradute or Master's student) when you apply. For recent graduates, we refer you to the ESA Young Graduate Trainee scheme and the ESA National Trainee scheme. For PhD and Post-docs, we refer you to the Network/Partnering Initiative (NPI) and the ESA Research Fellowships.


  • 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 12th January 2015. 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 February or March 2015 at ESAC (date will be announced in 2015), 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/web 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:

  • 3rd December 2014, 12:30: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Campus de Leganés, Sala 7.0.J06.
  • 4th December 2014, 13:30: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Aula 4A.

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.

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