Navigation Algorithm Design Engineer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
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16 Nov 2019

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What’s the opportunity?
Applications are invited for an Navigation Algorithm Design engineer at MBDA UK Ltd. MBDA is the first truly integrated defence company in Europe and the only European one able to provide missiles and missile systems for each branch of the armed forces, whether in the air, at sea or on land. MBDA’s range of technologies and products consolidates the Group’s world-leading position in the industry.
The successful candidate will work with a team of engineers to develop and evaluate navigation algorithms for fast-moving and challenging projects. In particular, the work will involve researching, testing and evaluating algorithms that integrate into a wider complex weapon solution. Strong programming skills are required including Matlab, with a  minimum good Degree with a strong mathematical content and previous demonstrable programming, real-time implementation, validation & verification and navigation experience. Relevant experience (ideally Post-Doctaral or industrial), with the state-of-the-arts navigation algorithms, comparative evaluation and testing is a strong advantage.
The Navigation Engineer will become a key member of a dynamic team working within the Guidance, Control and Navigation (GCN) function. The GCN function has responsibilities for algorithm development and proving in the following domains:
  • IIR and RF image and signal processing for target acquisition and tracking
  • Data fusion
  • Terminal and Homing Guidance
  • Mid-Course guidance
  • Autopilots and control systems
  • Propulsion control
  • Integrated Navigation, including GPS integration and Terrain Referenced Navigation
  • Command and Control
  • Mission Planning algorithms
    These algorithms are central to the design and development of MBDA’s complex guided weapon systems products.  Algorithms are developed at many stages of the lifecycle of the product including:
  • Research studies, both externally and internally funded, to investigate algorithms for future developments
  • Algorithms to support initial missile feasibility and concept studies
  • Algorithms in support of assessment and development programmes
    Navigation engineers are involved in all stages of the lifecycle and play a key role in many of our product developments.
    This is a specialist Navigation engineering role, within the GCN function, that can be within a team with no significant budget or management responsibilities, to full responsibility for small teams and task packages.
What will you be doing?
  • You will be responsible for development of specific algorithms or studies to support key programmes within MBDA.
  • Responsibilities can include concept studies, algorithm design and trade-off studies, trials preparation, trials analysis and reporting, architecture definition, algorithm and model validation.
  • You will be autonomous and will be able to act as a point of contact for GCN’s interactions with the other project teams e.g. Simulation and Modelling, Software, Hardware-in-the Loop, Systems Design & Validation and Technical Quality.
  • You will perform technical analyses and investigations into a full range of issues and problems and prepare and develop solutions either individually or as a member of a project team.
  • You will engage with the algorithm users, understand and respond to their needs and ensure that the algorithms are fit for their intended use.
What are the benefits for you?
  • You will gain in-depth knowledge of the design and functionality of MBDA’s complex weapon systems through your model development work. You will understand how GCN supports our weapon system products and gain insight into a number of related disciplines with whom we have a high level of interactions (e.g. Simulation and Modelling, Software, Hardware-in-the Loop, Systems Design & Validation, Seekers & Sensors, Technical Quality).
  • You will play a key role in the development of our complex weapon systems.
  • You will have the opportunity to work within an international discipline in MBDA. The GCN Function has team members in two MBDA sites (Bristol and Le Plessis Robinson) and has strong links to our MBDA site in Rome.
What’s great about joining this team?
  • GCN Teams have a central role in the concept definition and development of our products.
  • GCN Teams work across all MBDA UK products, giving depth of experience and opportunity to all team members.
  • You will be joining a hard-working and team with a successful track record in achieving project milestones on time and on budget.
  • A stimulating environment and rewarding opportunities.
  • GCN engineers are generally co-located in function, allowing a good team spirit and functional identity.
  • Frequent exposure to high-profile, fast-paced projects.
  • We are continuously improving to bring benefits to the programmes we are involved in. This includes algorithmic approach, processes, methods and toolsets, each of which brings a variety of specific challenges to solve in order to fully exploit new benefits across a wide range of programmes.
What we are looking for from you?
  • Either PhD qualified and with relevant industrial experience
  • A minimum good Degree with a strong mathematical content e.g. Aerospace Engineering, Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics
  • Relevant experience of Navigation algorithm design.
  • Ideally will have knowledge and experience of some of the following:
  • Inertial Navigation
  • Aided Navigation techniques, for example but not limited to,
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems
  • Terrain Referenced Navigation
  • Image Based Navigation
  • Radar and LADAR imaging
  • Opportunistic Navigation / Signals of Opportunity
  • Data fusion techniques
  • Kalman filters
  • Non-linear filtering
  • Ideally will have knowledge and experience of the following:
  • The MathWorks products – specifically Simulink, Embedded MATLAB and Stateflow
  • Model Based Design
  • Configuration management
  • Requirement Management e.g. DOORS and Rhapsody
  • C, FORTRAN and Ada
  • In addition you will:
  • be autonomous and pro-active and be capable of working on your own initiative with a minimum of supervision, as well as within an algorithm development team working transversally with other functions
  • have an understanding of and an ability to work within defined processes
  • have the ability to visualize and analyse complex systems
  • have good verbal, presentation and written communication skills
  • have practical knowledge of basic systems engineering principles and processes
  • be able to work with engineering teams, including in-house and contractor personnel
  • have good understanding of, and good working experience in all phases of the engineering life cycle
    We are aware of relevant activities in avionics and aerospace, computer vision, robotics, autonomous systems, within the mobile phone industry and within the GNSS industry. We would welcome interest from those domains and others.
Why should you come and work at MBDA?
  • MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees on industrial facilities in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States
  • With some of the most sophisticated technology in defence, MBDA is Europe’s leading guided weapons company and with this in mind we continually look to broaden our existing talent base whilst maintaining a strategic edge, by exploiting new markets and new applications for our world-class technology base
  • Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career
  • Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and commercial spectrum to carry it out.  Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards
  • GCN is an international function, with strong collaboration between sites in UK, France, Italy and Germany.
What would you get?
  • Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, discounted private healthcare scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes, 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.
    Are you a member of LinkedIn?  If so, you are invited to join our LinkedIn Group to view future MBDA UK opportunities and news.
    LinkedIn Group name: Engineering UK (Defence) – SC and DV

MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees working across France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. It has three major aeronautical and defence shareholders - Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%) - and is the first truly integrated European defence company. In 2013, the Group recorded a turnover of 2.8 billion euros, produced about 3,000 missiles and added 4 billion euros of new orders to the order book which now stands at 10.8 billion euros. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.

MBDA was created in December 2001, after the merger of the main missile producers in France, Italy and the UK. Each of these companies contributed the experience gained from fifty years of technological and operational success. The restructuring of the industry in Europe was completed with the acquisition of the German subsidiary EADS/LFK in March 2006. This further enriched MBDA’s range of technologies and products, consolidating the Group’s world-leading position in the industry.

MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems to meet the whole range of current and future operational requirements for the three armed forces (army, navy, air force). Overall, the Group offers a range of 45 products in service and another 15 in development.

The Group has demonstrated its ability to bring together the best skills across the whole of Europe and as a result has been chosen to lead a series of strategic multi-national programmes. These include the six-nation Meteor air superiority weapon, the Franco-British conventionally armed cruise missile, Storm Shadow/SCALP, and a family of air defence systems based on the Aster missile for France and Italy (for ground and naval based air defence) and for the UK (naval air defence for the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers).

The mastery of cutting-edge technologies is not only an advantage for MBDA in successfully developing and producing new products. It is also a means of guaranteeing customers that innovations can be made to existing products during their life span in order to meet constantly changing specifications arising from increasingly complex engagement scenarios. It is precisely this combination which makes MBDA the defence sector partner of choice in many countries around the world.

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