Image Synthesis Engineer

Recruiter
MBDA
Location
Bristol
Salary
Competitive Salary & Benefits
Posted
26 Nov 2018
Closes
26 Dec 2018
Ref
P7380
Contact
Rosie Connor
Discipline
Project Engineering
Sector
Defence
Job Type
Engineer
The Opportunity
There is a vacancy in the Image Synthesis (IS) Group at Bristol for an experienced engineer in digital electronics and digital signal processing for application to real-time, dynamic target simulator development and synthetic (target) imagery generation.
The IS Group specialises in the development of real-time, target simulator systems for the real time Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) testing of advanced RF and EO missile seekers and weapon system sensors (e.g. Radar and FLIR systems). The group operates as the system and equipment ‘design authority’ for these simulators as well as the ‘intelligent customer’ for related sub-systems and sub-system technology. The group supports a number of major projects and technology demonstrator programmes through the provision of target simulator solutions, as well as providing detailed models of the sensor with associated synthetic target scene data for closed-loop testing of the weapon system software.
In addition to major programmes, the group supports both internally and externally funded research and technology studies, providing specialist resources on real-time system processing along with firmware and software developers.
 
The Role.
  • Undertake design studies into real-time target simulators for the testing of RF and EO sensors.
  • Develop the system, hardware, firmware, and software specifications for real-time target simulators.
  • Design the digital processing architecture, including the development and testing of associated firmware and software.
  • Assist in the design, build, and test of the target simulator equipment.
  • Assist in the integration and calibration of the target simulator within the customer’s test facility along with ‘in service’ support of the simulator equipment.
  • Generate, verify, and validate synthetic imagery (for either RF or EO) to support system studies.
  • Undertake funded research into simulator technology, techniques, and tools.
  • Assist in the development of ‘technology roadmaps’ for future target simulation systems, related technologies and tools.
  • Help monitor supplier technology roadmaps (e.g. FPGA product roadmaps) and identify future technologies for investment.
  • To be the point of contact within the group, and the wider department, on the latest developments in FPGA and GPU technologies and the associated benefits to electronic system performance.
  • Provide technical expertise in design reviews and other forums as appropriate.
 
What’s in it for you?
  • Opportunity to work across different technology domains such as RF, EO, latest high performance digital electronic devices, real-time software, and associated development tools.
  • Develop new skills in the real-time systems and in synthetic image generation.
  • Develop an understanding of how advanced missile seekers operate and process target information in clear and contested environments.
  • Develop an understanding of HWIL techniques as applied to missile development.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues from France and Italy on future target simulator technology and techniques.
  • Work with national and international project teams.
 
What’s great about the team?
  • A small co-located team based in Bristol that is both highly skilled and experienced across a range of technologies applied across multiple research and development projects.
  • A team whose work spans a broad range of technology domains and that frequently interacts with specialists from other departments and projects.
  • A team that works across the product development life cycle i.e. from concept generation to equipment development through to product delivery and support.
  • A team that is part of a larger international directorate with opportunities for both personal growth and professional development.
  • A team that offers some travel between MBDA sites and including supplier and customer sites.
 
What are we looking for?
Essential
  • Qualified to degree-level or with equivalent experience.
  • Self-motivated to achieve demanding and evolving tasks in a professional manner.
  • Flexible, “can do” attitude, enthusiasm, and a willingness to work as part of a multi-discipline team.
  • Take responsibility for your own contribution, control your own agreed timescale, and be responsible for your own agreed budget.
  • Have experience with good engineering practices, such as requirements definition, design validation and certification, and configuration control of the design.
  • Experience in DSP (Digital Signal Processing) development and implementation.
  • Experience in VHDL, Xilinx Vivado/ Xilinx ISE, Modelsim, Simulink HSL Coder/ Xilinx HLS.
  • Experience in C/ C++.
  • Familiarity with RTC (Rational Team Concert) and SubVersions software configuration management tools.  
  • Familiarity with DOORS (Dynamic Object Orientated Requirements System) requirements management tool.
 
Desirable
  • Basic understanding of RF and EO theory
  • Appreciation of system design & integration challenges and dependencies
  • Mathematical modelling skills including proficiency with tools such as MATLAB and/or Simulink
  • Knowledge of CAMEOSIM, RADTHERM and OKTAL simulation tools
 
What would you get?
  • Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.
Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance.
 
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