07 April 2017. In 2017, ESPI will prepare a study on how to enhance Europe’s role in space security matters. This project will embrace the various current concerns regarding security of access and security of operations in space, their treatment within the established venues, and offer possible lines along which Europe could be key to unlock the standstill situation on the matter.

 After analysing recent reports dealing with this topic and going through a number of interviews, the study will come up with a set of concrete recommendations and propose initiatives regarding short and medium term European space policy evolution in these matters in terms of debris mitigation, in-orbit avoidance and space weather forecasting.

The report will particularly highlight the necessary continuity from Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) to Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and ultimately to Space Traffic Management (STM), and will reflect on the institutional as well as technical means necessary to ensure a consistent implementation of the required regulations.

The dual nature of the threats currently dealt with separately by the Conference on Disarmament (CD) and the COPUOS will be analysed in detail. Indeed this institutional allocation is a major stumbling block preventing real progress towards tangible solutions enhancing space security.

To support this project, ESPI is looking to employ a Research Intern for a minimum of three to a maximum of five months at the premises of the Institute in Vienna, starting from May 2nd 2017.

The main duties envisioned for this internship are:

  • Supporting background research and drafting process of the study, specifically making an inventory and assessing the current initiatives and processes to ensure a safe, secure and sustainable environment for space activities, focusing on European positions and possible new initiatives, be it institutional as well as technical.
  • Supporting the general activities of the Institute (e.g. organisation of events, etc.).


  • Educational background (at least 3 years degree) in political science, law, international relations, security. A multi-disciplinary background as well as a Master degree would be an asset.
  • Excellent command of the English language, written and oral is imperative.
  • Proven competence in drafting and publication of articles, papers and reports in English.
  • Good knowledge of MS Office. A high IT literacy would be appreciated.
  • Knowledge of space policy topics related to space law, geo-politics, security issues, “New Space” would be an advantage.

To apply for this internship, please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a copy of your CV, a cover letter and – if applicable – sample documentation supporting your qualifications (e.g. a previously published article, theses extracts, etc.), with subject: “ESPI internship in support of space security study” before 21 April 2017, 19:00 CET. Please do not submit educational records or certificates at this stage.