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Image Processing and Computer Vision Engineer

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MBDA Missile Systems - Together. For the future of defence.

Who are we?

Image Processing UK plays a meaningful role in the development of MBDA products and technologies. We have a detailed understanding of the interaction between missile subsystems and a direct influence on significant design decisions. Our world-beating algorithms use imaging sensors to provide situational awareness and guide weapons to their target with maximum precision.

We are a firm supporter of equal opportunity for all, and proud to be a diverse engineering team. Image Processing UK is a cohesive and innovative department where the creativity and contributions of each individual have real value. As part of our team, you will benefit from an excellent working culture built on individual empowerment and mutual support.

What's the opportunity?

As a Principal Engineer, you will be a essential team member at an exciting time of growth and opportunity. The algorithms that you will research, develop and evaluate will form part of the next generation of complex weapon systems.

The primary development environments used within the department are Matlab/Simulink and Python (including PyTorch Deep Learning libraries).

Security is a key consideration and as such, the majority of your work will be conducted on-site; a positive result of this is that our office remains a social and collaborative working environment. Nevertheless, there are opportunities for home working depending on the nature of the task.

Who are we looking for?
  • Preferably PhD qualified in a related area, either holding or completing the PhD
  • A degree with strong mathematical content e.g. Mathematics, Engineering (e.g. Aeronautical, Mechanical, etc), Physics, Computer Science, or similar
  • A keen curisity about cutting-edge technologies and their applications

Although not essential, relevant experience in either Post-Doctoral or Industry would be highly beneficial.

Specific knowledge in any of the following areas is of benefit:
  • Image Processing Algorithms: Segmentation, Filter Design, Noise Removal, Compression, Super Resolution
  • Computer Vision Algorithms: Tracking, Optical Flow, Particle Filtering, Pose Estimation
  • Deep Learning techniques: Detection, Classification, Tracking, Siamese Networks
  • Inverse Problems / Computational Imaging: Sparse Coding, Compressive Sensing
  • Machine Learning: Support Vector Machines, Neural Networks
  • Domain Specific Signal Processing: Multi/Hyper-Spectral, RF, IR, SAR, STAP

What's in it for you?
  • You will play a key role in the development of our complex weapon systems, and gain in-depth knowledge of their design and functionality
  • You will collaborate with other engineers from a broad range of subject areas
  • You will be working on cutting-edge technological innovations
  • You will have the opportunity to work within an international field that has strong links to MBDA sites in France and Germany that will provide the opportunity for European travel
  • You will have the opportunity to attend workshops and conferences both nationally and internationally

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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