Laser Image Processing and Control Systems Engineer

  • Location Bristol
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P7369B
  • Closing date 18th Apr 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 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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WHO WE ARE

MBDA is the only company capable of designing and producing missile systems to meet the current and future needs of the armed forces over land, sea and air. Through our expertise, we have become a trusted partner to the Ministry of Defence and work closely with the military to ensure that they have the capability they need, in order to protect our freedoms.

MORE THAN A JOB

We share a unique responsibility that brings purpose to everything we do.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides better, smarter and more effective defence capabilities to our home nations and their allies. Whether you are Lead Engineer or Business Support Officer, your work is vital in ensuring that our armed forces have the equipment they need, when they need it.
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Balpreet
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WE ARE MBDA

With over 60 years combined experience through our predecessor companies and over 10,000 employees across Europe and the USA, we are trusted suppliers of missile and missile systems to the defence sector.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides smarter and more effective equipment for the armed forces over land, sea and air.

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We value difference.

Our work has a far-reaching impact, and we all make a difference every day. Our values-led culture welcomes a diversity of skills, experience and perspectives, where everyone has the opportunity contribute, grow and succeed.