1. Be surrounded by passionate people

The European Space Agency collaborators are top space specialists united by the same passion for space and new technologies. Each of them shares an enthusiasm to be working for ESA. ESA is a prime example of what can be achieved by working together!

Staffs and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet at the ESA Pavilion, Paris Air and Space Show, on 23 June 2017. Credit: ESA–Manuel Pedoussaut, 2017

2. Improve yourself in a multicultural and international environment

With 22 member States, the European Space Agency is a successful example of European collaboration. By pooling resources, we are able to develop fascinating projects that would not be possible for individual countries. The working environment at ESA is a lively and enriching!

Clockwise from top: ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, NASA astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei Ryazansky, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik and Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin pose for a photo in the Russian section of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/ESA

3. Be challenged by an innovative framework

The European Space Agency fosters ongoing innovation and technical excellence which are key points to realize its missions and maintain European space industry’s continued viability. Every collaborator works at their own level to create new, innovative ideas.

Embedded within these resin discs are vital clues to determine whether future space missions will fail or thrive. Credit: ESA-Sergi Ferreté Aymerich

4. Become a leader in a cutting-edge field

ESA uses advanced technologies for all its activities and aims to achieve technological breakthroughs in areas such as artificial intelligence, bio-engineering, biomimetics, computational science, earth system science, energy systems and propulsion.

Engineer Giuditta Montesanti is pictured wearing protective goggles while preparing for a test firing of space thrusters in ESA’s Propulsion Laboratory. Credit: ESA/Guus Schoonewille

5. Discover a large range of activities

ESA is one of the few space agencies in the world to take on nearly all areas of space activity: space science, human spaceflight, exploration, earth observation, launchers, navigation, operations, technology and telecommunications.

Liftoff of Ariane flight VA233, carrying four Galileo satellites, from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 17 November 2016. Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016

6. Expand your professional network

ESA offers a unique opportunity to work with a highly dedicated team of scientists, engineers, managers and administrative staff committed to ensuring that Europe stays at the forefront of the space industry. ESA professionals are in touch with many kinds of stakeholders, and can find helpful contacts for their professional career or rewarding meetings to improve their work. 

Social media event held around the launch of the Sentinel-2B Earth observation satellite on 6-7 March 2017. Credit: ESA/J.Mai

7. Bring yourself forward

The European Space Agency drives all its employees to give the best of themselves and provide high-quality work. The collaborators here are highly skilled and work in a multicultural environment, with a rich diversity of cultures, languages and professional backgrounds.

ESA astronaut Timothy Peake, from the United Kingdom, during EVA training at ESA’s Neutral Buoyancy Facility at the European Astronaut Centre, in Cologne, Germany, 9 September 2010. Credit: ESA – H. Rueb, 2010

8. Prepare the future

The European Space Agency combines a range of activities to help all stakeholders to solve global challenges on Earth. By using Earth observation data from space, we can monitor global environmental change that is not possible with other techniques. Use science to make the world a better place!

The Italian–French Concordia research station in Antarctica sits in the largest desert in the world. Credit: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey

9. Find yourself at the frontier of the Universe

Our mantra is to look outwards from our planet, towards the stars! ESA Department of Space Science seeks to answer the only questions which remain unanswered: How did our planet and our Solar System evolve? Where are we in the Universe? Where did life come from, and are we alone?

Enveloped within striking, billowing clouds of gas and dust that form a nebula known as M1-67, sits a bright star named Hen 2-427 (otherwise known as WR 124). Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Acknowledgement: J. Schmidt (geckzilla.com)

10. Last but not least, never stop dreaming!

If your dream is to become an astrophysicist, an engineer, a graphic designer, the head of Human Resources, or even an astronaut, we encourage you to apply to one of our job vacancies. Visit www.esa.int/careers to get more information! 

If the suit makes the man, than the Sokol is what makes the astronaut, as ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli knows well. Credit: ESA