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Vacany Notice: Internal Fellowship in Integrated Application Development Activities (IAP)

The Applications Business Office of the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) department in the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications wishes to announce a vacancy for an Internal Research Fellowship with a starting date of 1st January 2012. The Research Fellowship is available for two years, and will be based at Harwell in the UK.

About the European Space Agency and the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme

The European Space Agency is 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 ever more benefits to all the citizens of Europe.

The objective of ESA’s Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme is the development of operational services for a wide range of users through the combination of different systems. By using and integrating different space assets (Satellite Communication, Satellite Navigation, Earth Observation, Manned Space Technologies), improved or new services on a regional, national or European scale can be created. Intrinsic to these new applications is the added value of space and the long-term sustainability of the resulting services. The programme thereby responds to user needs in areas such as health, safety, energy, transport and development.

The main aim of the IAP programme is to identify user and stakeholder communities and to identify, foster and organise user demand (Capacity Building in the Integrated Space Applications domain). This also includes the creation of partnerships with suitable user communities. The Research Fellow will be responsible for stimulating one or more new applications that utilise and integrate different space assets, resulting in new or improved services. In order to carry out his/her function the Research Fellow will work within a dedicated team.


The Research Fellow will report to the Head of the Applications Business Office and will be responsible for research activities within any of the disciplines of the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme

The Research Fellow will have as his/her main responsibilities:

  • Research in a chosen discipline to assist in the establishment of one or more IAP projects.
  • Preparation of new Regional or Thematic application fields.
  • Supporting identification of User Communities and their Needs.
  • Identification of appropriate Space Capabilities (Satellite Navigation, Telecommunications and Earth Observation).
  • Identification of technological gaps, in order to propose future missions and systems.
  • Supporting preparation of promotional materials and workshops to federate user communities.

Some examples of ongoing IAP initiatives that the Research Fellow might support include activities on the Arctic; Offshore Renewable Energy; Under-developed Countries; Machine to Machine (M2M) or Internet of Things (IOT); Insurance / Reinsurance; Maritime Safety and Security; Carbon Trading; and Tourism.


Applicants must have recently attained their doctorate or be close to successfully completing such studies in space science, space applications or techniques, or other fields closely connected to space activities in one or more of the target domains for IAP initiatives noted above. This might for instance include Geographical Information Systems, the commercialisation of space technology, or business, commerce and economic analysis.

Applicants for this post should preferably also have significant and sound experience in at least one of the space technologies covered by this position (i.e. in the Telecommunications, Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation sectors), ideally with a specific emphasis on applications.

Other qualifications required by the candidate include:

  • Strong analytical, strategic and problem solving skills.
  • Creativity and an innovative attitude.
  • Good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Self-motivated and disciplined, with the ability to plan and manage own work.
  • Ability to cope under pressure and ensure deadlines are met.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Good organisation skills.
  • Results orientated, with a strong drive to deliver.
  • Good team player, able to work in a close-knit team and also in an international environment.
  • Proficient in all MS Office packages.

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of English is required for this post.

How to Apply

Please apply via the applicant webpage on the ESA web-site:

Please mark your application with “IAP Applications Business Office” in the title, as well as providing a detailed description of your proposed area of research. This must be within one of the specified IAP themes. Applications should be submitted under the “Internal Fellowship Programme”.

Please send your applications for this post by 7th December 2011. Later applications will only be considered if no suitable candidate has been selected.

07 November 2011
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