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Scene Generation Engineer

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11 Sep 2022
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MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence

Salary:£43,000 - £50,000 DOE + Bonus + Benefits

Hybrid working pattern:Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working.

The Opportunity:

We have a fantastic opportunity to join our Electro-Optical (EO) Seekers & Sensors Department within our Synthetic Scene Generation Team.

As a Department, we are responsible for supporting MBDA's complex weapon programmes, working with our Customers and Suppliers towards developing and integrating the next generation EO missile seekers. In order to succeed, we require a high fidelity test & modelling environment; to provide the missile team with all the real-world data they need to undertake the product design, development and acceptance.

And this is where you come in... If you are the successful applicant, we will offer you the exciting challenge of developing simulations of complex scenes that must include not just the physical behaviour of the Earth's surface, but also represent in-band atmospherics, platform plumes, and countermeasures effects.

This needs to run real-time - on high-end processing devices, FPGAs and GPUs - in order that it can exercise both missile seeker hardware and software algorithms; through innovative techniques, such as digital injection directly into the missile electronics or through the seeker optics using scene projector systems.

The team is a small highly skilled, and multi-disciplinary team that support the scene generation activities ranging from software and real-time embedded FPGA development, through to hardware testing and validation via experimentation and field trials. You will have the opportunity to work across all these aspects, and we will work with you to develop your skills, knowledge and experience - as well as supporting your ongoing professional development - all while ensuring a good work-life balance.

What we're looking for from you:

This is a technically focussed role. If you have experience of, and want to develop further in one or more of the following, then this role could be for you...
  • High fidelity modelling of the world ; experience of commercial scene generation tools such as TAITherm, CAMEOSIM, OKTAL is desirable but not essential
  • 3D Graphics experience such as OpenCL, CUDA, GPGPU
  • Software Engineering, Real-time System
  • Firmware Development is also a skill we use within our team ; experience or understanding of this is always beneficial

In addition, we also want you to be well-rounded with good general awareness and interest in our wider missile and seeker system topics.
  • Understanding of Electro-Optical radiation, propagation and detection principles, in particular in the infra-red wave-bands.
  • Experience of imaging electro-optic systems is desirable
  • Strong logical and analytical skills ; experience of undertaking data analysis, and simulations using development environments such as Visual Studio, and familiarity with simulations in Matlab and Simulink is also desirable
  • Have a proven track record of on-time delivery; particularly in a dynamic working environment.
  • Able to engage with a broad range of internal and external partners, and forge strategic technical relationships.
  • Be adaptable, self-starting and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Basic project management knowledge, including planning and risk-management is desirable

What to expect:

We offer opportunities for career progression, paid overtime (subject to level), bonus scheme, comprehensive pension package, annual salary review, collaborative working environment and excellent on-site facilities.

We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process. We also welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.

Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve appropriate clearances!


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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