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Astronaut (m/f/d)

European Space Agency
Deutschland, Köln


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Astronaut (m/f/d)


European Astronaut Centre (EAC), Cologne (Germany) with possible multi-year postings in Houston (USA) or Star City (Russia).


The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for professionals who are able to conduct spaceflight missions to low Earth orbit and the Moon and to fulfil technical, scientific, managerial, or administrative tasks in support of the human spaceflight programme, and the ESA, in general.

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

ESA astronauts are, first and foremost, representatives of Europe in space. The corps consists currently of seven astronauts who can be assigned by ESA to spaceflight missions. Through their training and spaceflight experience, the European Astronaut Corps, both individually and collectively, is a resource of European expertise of human spaceflight operations.

We are looking for candidates with a variety of profiles and backgrounds meeting the following minimum requirements: 

  • Citizenship of an ESA Member State or Associate Member State*. 

  • Master’s degree in natural sciences, medicine, engineering, mathematics or computer sciences or a degree as experimental test pilot and/or test engineer from an official experimental test pilot school. 

  • At least three years of relevant professional experience after graduation. 

  • Fluency in English. 

  • Flexibility to cope with irregular working hours and frequent travel. 

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure. 

  • Willingness to participate in life science experiments.

Due to their high visibility, astronauts are natural ambassadors of the Agency and its programmes. ESA astronauts need to have sound practical skills (kind of “generalist”) and excellent communication abilities, including public speaking.

The health and wellbeing of astronauts are a high priority. Therefore, when you apply, you will also be required to upload a European Part-MED Class 2 (private pilot) medical certificate issued by an aviation medical examiner or aeromedical centre.

How to apply 

  • Applications are now open until 28 May 2021. The full list of requirements is provided in the job description, after you click on the “apply” button.

Additional information about an astronaut’s work and the selection process can be found in the Astronaut Applicant Handbook. You can also visit our Astronaut Selection website where the FAQs is being regularly updated or contact the Abteilung Raumfahrt of the Staatssekretariat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation SBFI for further information. If you have a specific question which is not answered by the information provided, you can contact Click to send email.

The final outcome of the selection process will be announced in October 2022. 


* ESA Member State or Associate Member State include following countries: 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 plus Slovenia and Latvia.