machine learning

Internship Opportunity in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.



Our team and mission

The Electrical Department is responsible for executing activities in the following domains: electromagnetics, antenna systems, space environment, power system, data handling for payloads and platforms, computers and microelectronics, communications and navigation payloads and end-to-end systems. The Department manages the corresponding technical laboratories and facilities, elaborates Engineering Standards and is responsible for technology activities for the technical discipline areas of the Department.

The RF Systems Division is responsible for space instrumentation and end to end communication systems, subsystems, equipment and technologies which cover the following domains:
- Telecommunication systems and subsystems design and validation;
- Radio Navigation systems and subsystems design and validation;
- Commercial ground and user segment products for navigation, telecommunications and remote sensing;
- Systems for Tracking Telemetry and Command (TT&C) and Payload Data Transmission (PDT) for communication, navigation, remote sensing and scientific applications;
- Security Systems
- Systems testing for performance evaluation or validation.
- Laboratories to test/proof concepts soundness and validation.

The RF Systems Division consists of five sections and associated divisional laboratories. They are:

  1. Telecommunication systems and techniques
  2. TT&C and PDT systems and techniques
  3. Radio navigation systems and techniques
  4. Commercial User Segment products and navigation systems implementation and validation
  5. Systems Security Engineering

For further information visit our web site: http://www.esa.int

Field(s) of activity for the internship

You can choose between the following topics:

  1. Topic 1: Satellite TT&C Communications

Assessment and End-to-End Analysis of Space Communications links, including Tracking Telemetry and Command (TT&C) links for Science and Exploration missions up to Deep Space, and/or Payload Data Transmission (PDT) Links for Earth Observation missions; tasks will include: assessment of techniques and technologies; performing simulations; validation in
TT&C laboratory; upgrading existing simulators in PYTHON or other programming languages; support to the Development and testing of Software Defined Radio for TT&C/PDT applications (possibly using GNU radio). The analysis and simulation covers assessment of modulation, coding, acquisition and tracking techniques for satellite TT&C and PDT links.


  1. Topic 2: Machine Learning Application on Security Monitoring (Intrusion Detection)

In this activity the intern initially will assess Machine Learning (ML) implementation suitable for Intrusion Detection, as well the information that needs to be collected to feed an ML implementation studying the footprint of various types of attacks. Then, the intern will work hands on at a lab to implement relevant proof of concepts. The objective of the activity will be to compare different ML techniques versus various relevant data sets or live traffic by assessing different types of attacks (DoS, port scanning, brute forcing, lateral movements, exfiltration, etc.).

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement
Forward Thinking


You must have student status and be enrolled at university for the entire duration of the internship. You should preferably be in your final or second to last year of a university course at master’s level in a technical or scientific discipline.

Additional requirements

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

  1. Topic 1:
  • Some experience on basic laboratory hardware usage and testing
  • Good knowledge of MATLAB, PYTHON or other programming languages
  • Familiarity with satellite communications
  1. Topic 2:


  • Good knowledge of Linux, virtualization environments and tools like Wireshark and nmap, 
  • Very good knowledge on computer networks (TCP/IP stack), 
  • Some knowledge on ML techniques. 
  • Python programming skills.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email contact.human.resources@esa.int.

Internships can take place remotely, on-site or partially on-site depending on the pandemic situation, and in line with the relevant Establishment’s policy (e.g. possible Green Pass requirement) applicable at the time of starting the internship.


Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Nationals from Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

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Netherlands, Noordwijk
Posted 3 months ago
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