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Jobs for astronauts and parastronauts advertised on

4.5.2021 11:32 sends candidates to the moon: After 12 years, the European Space Agency (ESA) is once again looking for astronauts, including in Switzerland. For the first time ever, the ESA is also recruiting a "parastronaut", a professional astronaut with a physical disability. Potential astronauts can apply easily via until the end of May.

The dream job of many children and adults is in reality reserved for a select few: Astronaut! After more than ten years, the European Space Agency (ESA) is once again looking for astronauts. Several positions are advertised on, and applications from Switzerland with its internationally competitive education system are welcome.  

Four to six career astronauts are being sought, who will work as permanent ESA staff and perhaps even fly to the moon. In addition, ESA is creating a pool of around 20 "project astronauts" who will continue to work in their traditional jobs until ESA lets them fly to other space destinations - including the ISS - for shorter missions if required. Anyone who wants to succeed Claude Nicollier, the first and so far only Swiss in space, can apply online in a straightforward and simple way. "By supporting this exciting talent search, we want to show that it pays to leave your own comfort zone when looking for a job," says Davide Villa, CEO of JobCloud, the operator of 

Opportunities for people with disabilities

This has never happened before: for the first time ever, ESA is also looking for "parastronauts", people with physical disabilities. They have the chance to become part of the initiative "Parastronaut Fly! In this way, ESA is investigating the feasibility of putting a professional astronaut with a physical disability into space for the first time in human history. If the initiative is successful, the first "parastronaut" mission into space may soon be launched.

An exciting opportunity for physicians and MINT graduates

The future Swiss astronaut will enjoy three years of training with the ESA, with the possibility of longer stays in the USA and Russia. Potential space missions head for destinations such as the ISS or the moon. In addition to the actual space missions, there are also exciting tasks to be performed on the ground, for example in mission support or in the development of international spaceflight. The space traveller has the honourable task of representing Europe and Switzerland in international space travel and, in the process, bringing the subject of space travel closer to the people.

The job advertisement states what is required: a Master's degree in a STEM subject, a medical degree or a STEM Bachelor's degree and experience as a test pilot or test engineer, three years of relevant professional experience and language skills. This is the basis for the three-year program that prospective astronauts and astronauts then go through at ESA. "It's not that impossible to become an astronaut. There are people on the market who meet the requirements," says Villaweiter. Of course, the willingness to work irregular hours and to spend longer periods away from home are part of the job - after all, you have to tackle a commute that is out of this world.

If a career in space doesn't work out, currently offers 70,000 other jobs from 9,000 companies - most of which are located on "Planet Earth".

Information on astronaut jobs at


About JobCloud AG

JobCloud is the leading digital company in the Swiss job market and offers various recruitment solutions. In addition to leading job portals such, and, the portfolio also includes promising technologies. For example, JobCloud owns 100% of JoinVision E-Services in Vienna, the leading provider of multilingual semantic recruiting technologies. JobCloud was founded in 2013 and is owned by Ringier and TX Markets. JobCloud currently employs 200 people in Zurich and Geneva.  

About the European Space Agency (ESA)

ESA is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capabilities and ensure that investment in space continues to bring benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 22 member states. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can carry out programmes and activities that go far beyond the capabilities of any single European country.


Rebekka Hänggi, Tel. 044 560 70 12,

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