Sparkworks Directed Energy Technology Engineer

  • Location Bristol
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8249B
  • Closing date 7th Feb 2021

Are you passionate about the defence world and advanced technology?

Would you like to develop your skills in a highly challenging environment? If so…
The Opportunity

MBDA has opportunities for engineers and scientists to develop high power Radio Frequency devices and systems at its Bristol site. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team working on novel solutions for future Directed Energy Systems.

What are we looking for?
  • A recent graduate (Bsc/PhD) or experienced engineer/scientist, with a demonstrated ability to identify creative solutions to complex technical problems
  • Candidates will ideally have experience in several of the following areas:
    • electromagnetics, high power electromagnetics, high power RF technology or pulsed power
    • use of electromagnetic, electrostatic and circuit simulation tools, such as CST Studio Suite, Altair Hyperworks, COMSOL & PSPICE
    • Use of tools such as Matlab and Simulink
    • Managing the administrative, customer and supplier requirements of technical projects
  • Candidates should hold a DV (Developed Vetting) security clearance, or must be willing to undertake the DV process.

What’s in it for you?
  • The opportunity to work on world-class technology for early concept definition and development of new Directed Energy defence systems.
  • The opportunity to take on technically challenging projects and to exercise your enthusiasm and creativity.
  • Work on projects varying from a few weeks of concept evaluation to several years developing advanced technology demonstrators.
  • Frequent exposure to high-profile, fast-paced projects and the opportunity to lead or contribute to the development of demonstrator prototypes under customer or PV funding
  • The opportunity to manage projects through their full lifecycle, from bid to customer delivery
  • Excellent training opportunities in a broad range of relevant subjects; achieved through formal training courses and/or on-the-job training
  • Opportunity to move within the team to gain experience of new areas (technical, project management, systems engineering, trials)
  • Access to a large suite of laboratories, including anechoic and screened test chambers and extensive high-voltage test facilities, supported by state-of-the-art test equipment.
  • Having a varied ‘day-job’.

What would you get?

*Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *paid overtime (subject to level) *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

The Role
  • Successful candidates will work as part of the RF Technologies group and will be responsible for carrying out research and development of high power Radio Frequency transmitters and pulsed power equipment, either as part of a larger team or on individual projects.
  • The role includes task/project definition, concept generation, design work and laboratory testing.
  • Depending on the role Level it may include definition, management and delivery of tasks of a size 1 or 2 people per year.

What’s great about the team?
  • In undertaking this role you would be joining the RF Technologies team in Sparkworks, which is a dynamic, cohesive group of about 15 engineers and scientists that are developing new technologies for Directed Energy Systems
  • The team offers the opportunity to move between projects to gain experience in new technical areas and to become familiar with new simulation, design and control tools.
  • You will enjoy a high level of autonomy and will have ready access to in-house experts to supplement knowledge
  • The team contributes to high-level VIP visits in support of senior management and its work is regularly showcased to very senior stakeholders.

MBDA is an award winning company; 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.

We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements. MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation.

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.

If you think you'd be perfect for this role, we'd love to hear from you‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎


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