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We want you! Apply as ESA Astronaut and qualify for a Zero G Flight with the UZH Space Hub

We want you

ESA Astronaut Selection

ESA Astronaut Application

The best job offer on this planet: ESA is recruiting new Astronauts. In the 45 years of the European Space Agency (ESA) existence, this is the third call for an ESA Astronaut Selection. But the selection 2021 is revolutionary. Not only because our new astronauts must be prepared to venture far from Earth, to the Moon and probably to Mars. Candidates who are successful throughout the entire selection process, but are not recruited, will be offered the possibility to join the astronaut reserve. Members of the ESA astronaut reserve can be called for specific spaceflight missions, if and when they arise: You don't have to quit your job to become an astronaut. It is now or never: Grab your chance!

Path for astronauts

Who can apply?

To apply, you need to fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  • a Master’s degree in natural sciences (including physical sciences; Earth, atmosphere or ocean sciences; biological sciences), medicine, engineering or mathematics/computer sciences
  • at least three years of professional experience after graduation
  • fluency in English (minimum CEFR C1)

A PhD or equivalent degree, or additional Master’s degrees in the aforementioned subject areas, are considered an asset. A degree as Experimental Test Pilot and/or Test Engineer from an official Experimental Test Pilot School is also accepted. Knowledge of one or more other language(s) (minimum CEFR B1) is an asset.

For the first time, people with disabilities are invited to apply. To help increase accessibility of spaceflight, ESA has introduced the “Parastronaut Fly! Feasibility Project”. The following disabilities will be considered:

  • Lower limb deficiency (e.g. due to amputation or congenital limb deficiency)
  • Single or double foot deficiency through ankle
  • Single or double leg deficiency below the knee
  • Leg length difference (shortened limbs at birth or as a result of trauma)
  • Short stature (<130 cm)

Applicants have to create an account and upload the documents specified in the vacancy notice, i.e. a CV in the Europass format, a motivation letter, copy of their passport and a European Part-MED, Class 2 (Private Pilot) medical certificate issued by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) or aeromedical center (list AME in Switzerland).

UZH Space Hub Application Support

The UZH Space Hub, the innovation cluster that connects and supports UZH’s research and innovation-activities in the space field, wants to encourage and support applicants from the UZH, as we think there are many potential astronauts here.
Therefore, we offer you an informal feedback on your application documents from an experts Board of the UZH Space Hub. Send your CV and motivation letter to

Zero G flight by UZH Space Hub: Experience microgravity

Airbus Zero G

Exclusive for ESA astronaut applicants from UZH: Chance to discover real microgravity, Moon and Mars gravity in an educational parabolic flight with the UZH Space Hub!
In the frame of the UZH Space Hub support, ESA astronaut applicants will have the possibility to be selected for participating in an educational parabolic fight with the famous Airbus A310 ZERO-G, which will take place on September 17, 2021 taking off from Dübendorf (CH).
Two UZH applicants, a male and a female, will be selected by a UZH Space Hub board. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Application process and deadline
Send us a one-page letter of motivation, telling us why you would like to join a parabolic flight, and a max two-page long CV to

New Deadline: June 18, 2021

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