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Jobs with the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) describes itself as:

Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

The organisation brings together 22 member states and wider partners from Bulgaria to the Ukraine, sharing financial resources and intellectual skills, allowing ESA to achieve far more than if one single European country were to go it alone. It’s a shining example of the benefits of collaboration.

The main objectives of ESA’s programmes are to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe. It also works to develop satellite-based technologies and services, to promote European industries, and to collaborate with space organisations outside Europe.

ESA has sites in Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and in the United Kingdom.

Could you have a future space career?

Yes of course! If you have a passion for space, build the skills and knowledge that are required and you’ll be in with a shot.

For more information and to see the types of jobs available visit the ESA Careers website. There, you’ll find information on graduate traineeship schemes, work placements for undergraduate or masters students, case studies, videos and current opportunities, so you can get a flavour of the types of jobs and more importantly the skills and qualifications you would need.

Find out More: Subscribe to the ‘vacancies announcement‘ list and receive weekly updates about job opportunities.

Teachers: share with your pupils the types of jobs available within the Space sector. You could even inspire students (of all ages) by displaying job opportunities on the board as they enter the classroom. For example, very recently ESA have recruited for:

  • Thermal Engineer
  • Medical Officer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Earth Observations Project Specialist
  • Contracts Officer
  • Component Engineer
  • Microelectronics Engineer

The Satellite Sector

The UK space sector currently supports 95,000 full-time jobs – and is growing.

Space in the UK contributes an impressive £11.3 billion to the UK economy each year and has been growing at an average of 7.2% over the last 2 years.
(from Shaping the future of the UK space sector – UK Government)

By 2030 it is hoped the Space sector will contribute over £40 billion to the UK economy whilst creating over 100,000 further jobs. Expansion in the satellite sector is being supported by Catapult – Satellite Applications. Their mission: To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites”. The positions they’re currently recruiting for give an idea of their work:

  • Senior Fisheries Analyst – working on a project codenamed “eyes of the seas” which includes delivering human analytics to provide solutions to end illegal fishing
  • Space Innovation Facilitator – educating and inspiring the public sector on the uses of satellite applications and data
  • Internships to investigate radio receiver development, signal processing and multi sensor positioning

Here in the North East, we’ve a Satellite Centre of Excellence with a key focus on engaging business and looking at ways of using data to support the offshore oil, gas and renewable technologies sectors; transport and logistics; and software and applications development.

There will also be a range of job opportunities for people with an interest in satellites, as well as businesses who could use to their advantage satellite data. All will require people with skills and knowledge in STEM subjects.  There will also be lots of new opportunities which have not even been thought of yet!

Teachers: you may find the video at the top of this post useful, and also this “Satellites for Everyone” PDF.

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Inmarsat

Employer: Inmarsat


Who Are They?

There are more than twenty-one thousand objects larger than 10cm orbiting the Earth. Eleven of  them are Inmarsat’s fleet of satellites, which work non-stop to bring mobile satellite communications worldwide. Inmarsat have been operating globally since 1979, and are the industry leader.

The Inmarsat-3 satellite (Wikimedia Commons/NASA)

The Inmarsat-3 satellite (Wikimedia Commons/NASA)

Their most recognisable products are satellite telephones, which provide communications (almost!) anywhere on Earth – you’ll have seen them in news reports being used by aid workers following natural disasters which have wiped out conventional communications. Chances are, the pictures you saw were beamed back by other Inmarsat products.

The company also provides things like TV and WiFi in airliners, and they’re the cornerstone of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, an international protocol improving safety at sea. Inmarsat also operates in government, aviation, and enterprise sectors.

They’re currently working towards GlobalExpress, the first globally-available high-speed broadband service. They’ve offices around the world, with headquarters in London and other UK presences in Aberdeen.

Inmarsat have an extensive careers website. Also take a look at their Technology Development Programme, a two-year rotation for new STEM graduates. They’re looking for good engineering graduates, but any STEM route will be considered. We particularly like their application process – along with a covering letter and CV, they ask you to answer the following:

If you stand outside during the daytime, how old (approximately) is the sunlight you’re currently seeing? You can assume photons are produced at the centre of the Sun and have a mean free path within the Sun of 1cm.

Tricky!


Helpful School Subject Choices:

  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Business Studies
  • Design & Technology