Aerodynamics Engineer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
18 Apr 2019
04 May 2019
Rosie Connor
Project Engineering
Job Type

The Opportunity
There is an opportunity within the Aerodynamics Department to join a team of highly experienced engineers working at the forefront of missile aerodynamics and represents a rare opportunity to be actively involved in high speed aerodynamics. In this role you would find yourself a member of a team delivering highly innovative solutions in a wide range of missile system scenarios. 
The Role
Working as part of the aerodynamics team you will be involved in the aerodynamic design, characterisation and assessment of missile airframes. This will involve the use of extensive use of CFD and other methods for aerodynamic assessment, as well as a suite of performance analysis tools and wind tunnel testing. These activities will cover free-flight and propulsion system installation aspects, as well as the integration of our missiles onto air, land and/or sea platforms. You will also be involved in the analysis of trials results, and have the opportunity to work with several other disciplines.
What’s in it for you?


  • You will be working at the cutting edge of missile aerodynamics as part of a team of specialist engineers, using some of the most sophisticated technology in defence.
  • You will have the opportunity to work with a huge variety of flow regimes, from low subsonic to high supersonic, from steady flow to highly turbulent.
  • This will include close working with other disciplines within MBDA such as mechanical design, thermal analysis and guidance, navigation & control, as well as external organisations such as the MOD, academia & other companies.
  • This role is likely to involve limited travel within the UK to liaise with these disciplines and organisations.

What’s great about the team?



  • You will be joining a team of approximately forty engineers who together form a world class weapon aerodynamic design capability.
  • This team has a broad range of specialist and multi-disciplinary skills and are involved in a wide range of activities, providing opportunities for working on and influencing the entire MBDA UK portfolio from the initial research and concept phase, through maturation and development, and into in-service support.
  • Access to these wide-ranging opportunities is open to all team members to broaden their skills and enhance their personal development.

What are we looking for?



  • Essential:
    • A Doctorate in an aerodynamic subject, or a Master’s degree and solid relevant working experience
    • A desire to get involved in innovative product development and a proven record of delivering results to time, cost and quality.
    • The ability to show clear technical thinking, and to communicate and share your ideas well
  • Desirable:
    • Extensive experience of aerospace aerodynamics
    • Extensive experience of CFD, ideally focussed on high-speed aerodynamics
    • Some experience leading teams
    • Chartered Engineer status

What would you get?
Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, sporting activities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.
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