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Intern in the Flight Software Systems Section, Software Systems Division, Systems Department 2/2
European Space Agency (ESA)
Grade: Intern
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Job Description

Internship 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.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Our team and mission

The Software Systems division covers the domain of software engineering for embedded software systems (i.e. software on-board a spacecraft) and ground software systems (i.e. software systems to support the design and verification of space systems). The division is concerned with the necessary Software engineering technologies, methods and tools to support the development of such software systems. This covers in particular standards and reference architectures, System-software co-engineering methods, Requirements engineering and modelling, Design methods, automatic code and test generation, languages and compilers, Modelling and Simulation for system engineering and in support of testing and verification.

In addition, the division studies the challenges of new technologies (such as artificial intelligence) and the possibilities of their applications for space systems. The division is supporting all ESA satellite projects in the above domains.


You are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship

Topic 1 - Verification & Validation of multicore based systems and Real-Time Operating Systems

The trend in embedded systems used in the space domain goes to the use of multicore processors. The introduction of this multicore architecture requires the introduction of new verification and validation methods, as well as the use of particular real-time operating systems and hypervisors.

Within this topic, you will contribute to the definition of verification & validation activities using multicore systems, and also to the definition/modification/profiling of the SW architecture and frameworks used on top of them (e.g. real-time operating systems & hypervisors).

Topic 2 – Improvement of the Electronic Datasheets (EDS) toolchain.

The SOIS Electronic Data Sheets (SOIS-EDS) is a CCSDS standard providing a formal interchange format to enclose data handling information. The SOIS EDS standard is being increasingly adopted in the space industry to provide a consistent and reliable mean for exchanging data-handling information among stakeholders. However, a dedicated open-source editor for SOIS EDS models is not currently available and authoring them is therefore a hard and inefficient activity.

In this position, you will contribute to the design and implementation of a model-based toolchain for efficiently authoring SOIS-EDS models and generating from them different kinds of artefacts. The implemented toolchain will eventually be made available as an open-source
project on the ESA website and will consist of an EMF editor (either SWT or Sirius), back-end Java code, model-validation routines, model2model and model2text transformations.


Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement
Forward Thinking


You must be enrolled at university for the entire duration of the internship. You should preferably be in your final or second to last year of a University course at master's level in a technical or scientific discipline.

Additional requirements

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.

Knowledge and background in Software Engineering, Modeling and Simulation is an asset.

The topics listed in Section 2 above respectively require such educational knowledge as reflected in the technical keywords below:

Topic 1 - Verification & Validation of multicore based systems and Real-Time Operating Systems
Knowledge of real-time embedded software development, real-time operating systems (e.g. RTEMS, VxWorks, real-time Linux, …), Time and Space Partitioning (TSP) is considered an asset.

Topic 2 – Improvement of the Electronic Datasheets (EDS) toolchain.
Specific competence in one of the following is considered an asset:
• Experience with model-based systems and/or software engineering (MBSE), Eclipse Modelling Technologies (EMF, GMF, Sirius), Acceleo, QVTo and Xtext.
• Application software development under Windows and Linux, Java/C/C++ programming languages.


Other information

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

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email

Internships can take place remotely, on-site or partially on-site depending on the pandemic situation, and in line with the relevant Establishment’s policy (e.g. possible Green Pass requirement) applicable at the time of starting the internship.

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 and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).

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