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Low Observability Technologist

Closing date
31 Dec 2023

Job Details

MBDA is a leading defence organisation. We are proud of the role we play in supporting the Armed Forces who protect our nations. We partner with governments to work together towards a common goal, defending our freedom.

Salary:(Negotiable dependent on experience)
What we can offer you:
  • Company bonus of up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Annual salary review
  • Paid overtime
  • Up to 15 days flexi leave
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase)
  • Possible relocation available
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking and more
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working, however typical pattern is 3-4 days per week on site due to high classification
The opportunity:
This is a role in the Low Observability team within the Sparkworks UK area; our team has a track-record of developing and proving new capability in Stealth, including conventional and novel techniques.

We're looking for someone who brings a technical or scientific background with an interest in Electromagnetics, Microwave Frequency Spectroscopy, Metamaterials, RF modelling and/or platform survivability who is looking to work in a high pace R&D environment. You would be joining a multidisciplinary team which engages across many areas of missile design in both research and mainstream project work, looking to find the next step-change idea, or develop existing ideas into a realised capability.

Day to day working would vary significantly, with a spectrum of studies constantly refreshing the approach and skills required. This role will typically require conducting modelling of electromagnetic or particle propagation, producing research studies on theories or concepts, defining test campaign validation approaches, conducting hands on measurement / experimentation and co-ordinating various areas of the wider business to manufacture test articles.

Familiarity with Radar Cross Section (RCS) design and techniques is considered a bonus, although we have often trained people into the role who bring a positive attitude and the right technical strengths.
What we're looking for from you:
An experienced engineer or scientist with the following attributes:
  • A degree in physical sciences, electronics or communications engineering, or similar; advantageous to have higher degree (masters / PhD) in the same area but not required.
  • Ideally you have prior experience in one or more of the following areas; RF design, familiarity with radar, antenna design, Metamaterials, Microwave Frequency Spectroscopy or Plasma characterisation; although we will consider anyone able to show an academic foundation that serves as a good basis for developing in these areas.
  • You should have familiarity with at least one of the well-known computer simulation tools often used for electromagnetic modelling; for example, CST MWS, COMSOL, FEKO, Matlab; software coding experience may also be an advantage (e.g. Python).
  • Any hands-on practical / laboratory skills would be a bonus; there are opportunities to assist or lead on RF characterisation measurements in our Bristol test facility.
  • A top top-level appreciation of how Missile Survivability, Low Observability and RCS Design are interlinked.
  • Proven delivery of technical work packages and projects with successful technical work delivered both individually and as part of a team.
  • A commitment to continuing professional development would be a welcome attribute.
  • As a bonus, experience in leading or undertaking Systems Engineering studies would be advantageous.

For this role, candidates must be willing to undertake the DV (Developed Vetting) security clearance process.
Our Business:
We respect new perspectives and experiences, and we value our collaborative ways of working. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.

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 Limited requires all employees to achieve the required medical and national security clearance for their role. Further restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may also apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team!

Due to the nature of our business, this particular vacancy requires the applicant as a minimum to be a British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship and capable of achieving the clearance levels mentioned above!


Together. For the future of defence.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides better, smarter and more effective defence capabilities to the UK and their allies. Regarded as one of the most trusted suppliers of defence solutions in Europe, we have a relationship with the UK military spanning back over 70 years.

Whether it’s designing a future concept for the British Army, managing the procurement of a missile component or harnessing their expertise in software in order to integrate one of our products on to the newest fighter jet, all of our employees are a part of delivering a more secure tomorrow.

In addition to being the only defence company on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work 2022 list, MBDA are also recognised nationally with three Investors in People Gold Awards (People, Apprenticeships, and Wellbeing), a top 10 finisher on the Best Big Companies to Work For 2022 league tables.   

For the latest vacancies, employer updates and stories from our people, make sure to visit and bookmark our MBDA UK Careers site.

Our Values 

Our values are at the core of everything we do and shape the culture of our organisation. No matter what role, our people from leadership to entry-level encompass these values knowing that they are working towards the same common goal, sharing a bigger purpose in order to protect national security and enable strategic independence.

Through promoting change with Innovation, taking ownership through Commitment, building trust through Integrity, inspiring others through Passion and encouraging collaboration through Team Spirit, we have created a place where people feel connected with each other and valued in our community.



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