Vacature for Advanced Manufacturing

for Advanced Manufacturing in Noordwijk Zh

Intern for Advanced Manufacturing

Job Requisition ID: 18025

Closing Date: 30 November 2023 23:59 CET/CEST

Establishment: ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Directorate: Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality

Publication: External Only

Vacancy Type: Intern

Date Posted: 1 November 2023

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

This position is based at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) - Noordwijk, Netherlands

It is in charge of:

  • The qualification for space flight of all advanced metallic and non-metallic materials, structural ceramics and glasses as well as all related manufacturing and surface treatment processes for all ESA spacecraft and launchers Programme
  • The development of revolutionary materials and innovative manufacturing technologies both internally and in cooperation with other space agencies and organisations
  • The failure investigation of materials and processes under performing and impacting ESA space missions
  • The development, certification and support of new European industrial capabilities, manufacturing processes and manpower skills training related to space applications of materials and components
  • The establishment and implementation of requirements and standards for the development and the procurement of space grade materials and manufacturing processes
  • The development, maintenance and improvement of the European Space Materials Database, storing all relevant data generated for materials and processes intended for Space use.

Topic: Performance modelling, destructive and non-destructive characterisation of parts produced by advanced manufacturing technologies, and correlation of predictions with experimental performance

The European Space Agency has recently proposed the ESA Advanced Manufacturing Cross-Cutting Initiative, which captures the opportunity of adopting revolutionary manufacturing capabilities, advanced materials and associated processes and creates sustainable competitive advantage for the European Space Industry in the global market.

The current space missions are often limited in their performances and scientific achievements by the traditional manufacturing processes/concepts. Though Advanced Manufacturing technologies are readily available in the current European industrial landscape, these can be adopted for next generation space hardware manufacturing. This will enable new and highly innovative spacecraft and launchers designs, with significantly reduced manufacturing constraints (including costs and lead-time) and tremendous performances improvement.

Through this initiative, the Agency has identified a number of highly innovative materials and associated manufacturing processes which can be span-in and which will be matured to a space qualification level.


In particular the following materials and processes are currently targeted:

  • Additive Manufacturing: Process/structure/property performance evaluation and model verification through mechanical and µ-mechanical characterisation
  • Friction Stir Welding, Solid State Joining Technologies for hybrid (metallic/Non-metallic) joining
  • Laser Shot Peening for structural integrity enhancement
  • Advanced composite materials (polymers, metal and ceramic matrix composites) and their performance characterision and prediction in extreme environment
  • Advanced surface engineering for thermal and corrosion management
  • Solder joint reliability (mechanical an thermal fatigue) for high/low temperature electronics
  • Performance evaluation and Whisker growth behaviour of Pb-free solder alternatives
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering - model development and validation

You will use the world leading facilities of the ESA/ESTEC Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory, in order to characterise all the above advanced materials and manufacturing processes and perform detailed materials investigations aiming for process/structure/property evaluation and modelling, related to advanced manufacturing processes. This includes the use of a variety of different laboratory methods such as mechanical and µ-mechanical testing, optical microscopy, SEM-EDX/EBSD, X-ray tomography, and XRD. Your work will be integrated in a team which will give guidance for project applications for future missions.


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.

Additional Requirements:

  • Background in materials science and engineering covering metallic, ceramic, or polymeric materials.
  • It is an asset to have understanding of computational materials engineering, fracture mechanics and diagnostic techniques such as optical microscopy, electron microscopy and mechanical testing.

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email .

Functie:for advanced manufacturing
Salaris:onbekend – onbekend
Uren per week:1 – 40

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