Laser Image Processing and Control Systems Engineer

Employer
MBDA
Location
Bristol
Salary
Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
4 Oct 2020

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Discipline
Systems
Sector
Defence
Job Type
Engineer
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The Opportunity

MBDA are the lead for the DragonFire laser directed energy demonstrator, which is UK MoDs future vision for a laser effector. A vacancy has arisen for a scientist/engineer to work in Bristol on the technology aspects, specifically imaging through atmospheric turbulence.
 
The Role
  • Lead an optics laboratory for the design, development and testing of imaging and control for precision laser pointing in the presence of atmospheric turbulence
  • Conduct research on new optical and image processing techniques for laser pointing and tracking
  • Assisting in the evaluation of demonstrators through off-site trials in the UK and overseas
  • Carry out supporting simulation work to support laboratory and outdoor trials results
  • Develop a research strategy in image processing and control
  • Be at the forefront of science and engineering for laser directed energy
 
What’s in it for you?
  • Interesting and exciting work, giving you the opportunity to work on some truly innovative and world-class technology
  • Opportunities to manage projects through their full lifecycle, from the laboratory to customer delivery
  • Frequent opportunities to gain visibility for you and your work at the highest level both inside and outside the company
  • Having a varied ‘day-job’
  • Excellent training opportunities in a broad range of relevant subjects; achieved through formal training courses and/or on-the-job training
  • Opportunities to develop new skills through interaction with specialist areas within MBDA
 
What’s great about the team?
  • Become part of a very diverse team of highly motivated scientists and engineers, who are genuinely interested in their fields
  • Frequent exposure to high-profile, fast-paced projects
  • Work on projects varying from a few weeks duration to several years
  • Enjoy a high level of autonomy and ‘freedom to tinker’
  • Have ready access to in-house experts to supplement knowledge
  • Contribute to high-level VIP visits in support of senior management
  • Opportunity to attend international conferences to keep abreast of developments in the field
  • Undertaking this role you would be joining a dynamic, focussed team responsible for the development of our future business
 
What are we looking for?
  • Creativity, imagination and the ability to innovate
  • Ideally holding a higher degree (e.g. Masters or PhD) in a physical sciences or engineering discipline.
  • Significant practical experience and knowledge / laboratory skills using lasers, optics and imaging.
  • Familiar with systems engineering concepts and model based system engineering (MBSE)
  • Deep understanding in the physics of atmospheric turbulence, and current state of the art compensation techniques
  • Ability to automate and control of test and measurement equipment for data capture (such as LabView)
  • Record of successful technical work delivered individually and/or as part of a team
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and often from a blank sheet of paper
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, backed by working knowledge of Office software
  • Ability to use well-known computer simulation codes to carry out optical simulations(such as Matlab, Zemax)
  • Ability to write computer code to examine large datasets (such as Matlab or Python)
 
What would you get?
  • Competitive salary, 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.
 
MBDA is committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.
 
Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve and maintain SC security clearance or above without restrictions that will inhibit the ability to fulfil the requirements of the role. Your eligibility for the appropriate level of security clearance may be discussed with you during the recruitment process. Any existing clearance holders may be able to transfer clearance (subject to approval).
 
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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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