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ESA Young Graduate Trainee Programme

Space Café 1 Feb 2022

Dreaming of working on space missions at the heart of the European space activities?

Every year, in February, the European Space Agency offer students in the final year of a Master's degree or just graduated the possibility to just do that through the Young Graduate Trainee Programme. Positions are available in engineering, science, IT and business services. Since deadline is expected to be on March 1, 2022, we would like to give students the opportunity to prepare themselves in advance.

Join us in this Space Café event, on February 9, 2022, at 14:00, to learn more about the application process from past successful applicants.

This event will take place in a hybrid mode, on-site (Irchel campus) and online. However, seats are limited and will be assigned on a first come-first serve basis. Accordingly to the UZH regulations, 2G conditions will be applied at the entrance (admission only for vaccinated or recovered persons with mandatory mask). Registration at the end of this page.

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Irene Garonna

Claudia Röösli was caught by the fascination of space during her master studies as Geomatics engineer when studying satellites such as Cryosat - for ice cap monitoring - or Jason - for monitoring of the sea level rise. After her studies, she worked for the windy satellite mission ADM-Aeolus as a Young Graduate Trainee at ESA ESTEC in the Netherlands where she was in the middle of many exciting space passionates and satellite missions.
After an intermezzo in glaciology and geophysics, she returned to the space world, after her PhD, and worked for the former Swiss Space Center. She was responsible for fostering the Earth Observation in Switzerland being active with space projects and students. Her current job is at the University of Zurich working with satellite data for biodiversity assessment, in ESA projects and in the promotion and scientific consultation of satellite data as Head of National Point of Contact for Satellite Data.


In my talk, I will show you how I managed to get to work at ESA and for ESA (and what is the difference) and share with you my experience on what are differences when working in an international organisation like ESA, (space) research or industry.

Irene Garonna

Deborah Müller has worked over 10 years in the field of space technologies, aerospace engineering is her passion and devotion. After her materials science and engineering studies at EPFL, Switzerland, she pursued her research career at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, studying degradation and accelerated environmental testing on ceramic coatings developed for future space missions. Further on, an expatriation period in Kourou, French Guiana (South America), at the European Spaceport, has continued to develop her skills as Launch Campaigns Manager, responsible for operational and managerial activities for Ariane 5, Vega and Soyuz launchers, from assembly till launch into orbit. After returning to Switzerland, changing from launcher to satellite technologies, enabled her to gain experience in product assurance and production engineering. Besides having achieved an EMBA in Strategic Management and Business Innovation, she is currently Director of Innovation and Business Development at RUAG International.

Let us quickly go through the unique Space opportunity for young graduated professionals willing to gain experience in space research and development. It is the beginning of your career in space industry. My path can be used as inspiration for your career start and never forget, the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams (Eleanor Roosevelt).

Registration is closed

If you want to attend online, send us an email by Wednesday, February 9, at 11:00 at latest. Contact: