TRAINING: ESA Junior Professional Programme

The European Space Agency launched a brand-new entry-level programme for Master’s degree graduates with two to three years of professional experience. This new programme is a unique opportunity to launch your career at ESA and join the future of space in Europe.

The ESA Junior Professional Programme (JPP) is ESA’s brand-new entry-level programme for Master’s degree graduates with two to three years of professional experience. Junior Professionals join ESA as staff members for three years and benefit from tailored learning and development opportunities to prepare them for a permanent position at the European Space Agency at the end of their JP assignment.

This new programme is a unique opportunity to launch your career at ESA and join the future of space in Europe.

The Junior Professional Programme offers:

  • A unique professional experience as part of a team of scientists, engineers and business professionals from all over Europe, working together on inspiring space missions in an international, multicultural and friendly environment.
  • A three-year ESA contract at A1 level, with the perspective of a permanent ESA contract at the end of the programme.
  • Excellent employment conditions, including salary exempt from national income tax in ESA Member States.
  • A tailored development programme, including exposure to different business areas of ESA and participation in technical and key skills training courses.
  • Tutoring by ESA experts.
  • Rotation scheme offering the opportunity to learn about ESA projects and processes from different perspectives. Please read our dedicated FAQ for more information.
  • 2.5 days paid leave per month and 12 public holidays per year. Expatriate staff can benefit from an additional eight days' home leave every two years, under certain conditions.
  • Relocation package including an installation allowance if you move from another country. Travel and removal expenses are also reimbursed.
  • Comprehensive health cover under ESA’s social security scheme. 

To be eligible for the Junior Professional Programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate of a Master’s level degree programme.
  • Two to three years of professional experience.

How do I apply for a Junior Professional position?

  1. Explore our vacancies here.
  2. Select the opportunity that interests you and fits best with your educational background and aspirations.
  3. Register and create your candidate profile and upload your CV and motivation letter.
  4. Apply and track the status of your application throughout the process.

ESA Junior Professional timeline:

  • November 2021 – December 2021: Junior Professional positions are published online
  • January 2022 – April 2022: pre-selection and interviews of shortlisted candidates
  • May 2022 – June 2022: outcome of interviews and final selection
  • June 2022 – October 2022: successful candidates begin the programme

The next publication of JPP vacancies is currently foreseen for November 2025.

Source: ESA, https://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA/Junior_Professional_Programme