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Laser DEW Effects Tools and Simulation Engineer

up to £58,000 depending on experience
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

Job Details

Due to continued growth, the Sparkworks / DEW Effects and Vulnerability group have a vacancy for a tools and simulation engineer working in the Lasers domain.

Job Title: Laser DEW Effects Tools and Simulation Engineer

Salary: up to £58,000 depending on experience

Location: Bristol (We may be able to offer a relocation package for this role)

Dynamic (hybrid) working: 3-4 days per week on-site due to workload classification

Security Clearance: Sole British National only, due to the specific classification of this role.

Restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may 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.

The opportunity:

DragonFire has been and continues to be a boundary pushing weapon system development programme that has significant industry and customer engagement. Thus far the programme has been aimed at developing the UKs first Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) concept demonstrator, achieving significant success recently with several highly publicised trials activities. Following on from these successes MBDA is looking for flexible and motivated candidates to continue to develop DragonFire into a world class, deployable, LDEW air defence system. Our ambitious plans involve parallel and interleaved streams of pioneering technology experimentation and rapid weapon system development, providing opportunities across the key system domain of Effects and Vulnerability (E&V).

DEW E&V is the part of MBDA Sparkworks which determines the effectiveness of novel weapons. This role is specific to the lasers part of the group.

LDEW E&V engineers develop mathematical models and simulations to predict the effectiveness of a Laser weapon system on a target. Data gathered from trials and experiments investigating the physical effects of laser-matter interactions is used to calibrate and evolve these models, and outputs from the simulations are interpreted to understand the effects on a particular target.

You will apply and augment toolsets and simulations for immediate and applied use on the Dragonfire MDC programme. This role will be the lead for some tasks and work packages, interacting across the project and leading a small team to deliver. It is an ambition for the role to take control of a multifaceted set of tools, prioritising development and delivery according to business need.

What we're looking for from you:
  • Experience in the development of tools, simulations or algorithms in the MATLAB or similar toolsets
  • A proven track record in delivering, or, proving and testing complex simulations written in the Simulink or similar environment
  • An understanding of how to represent nuanced system behaviour including embedded code, firmware and processes within time-based simulation methods
  • An understanding of Object-Oriented MATLAB or similar toolset
  • An understanding of how to build semi-empirical toolsets using both test and experimental data and (sometimes emergent) theory
  • An ability to simplify and codify complex system interactions
  • A sound understanding of version control principles, and the ability to implement them
  • The ability to manage and deliver a network of interconnected product releases
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • A proven track record in delivering on time, cost and quality
  • An appreciation of "trading requirements"
  • An ability to manage budgets within a team environment
  • This role requires a candidate to be or become DV cleared

Experience in the following would be advantageous:
  • Ansys Fluent, COMSOL or similar Multiphysics tool
  • Complex system design in a deeply technical environment

Apply now and help us shape the future of defence technology!

Our company:

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.

What we can offer you:
  • Company bonus: Up to £2,500 (based on company performance and will vary year to year)
  • Pension: maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%
  • Overtime:opportunity for paid overtime
  • Flexi Leave:Up to 15 additional days
  • Enhanced parental leave: offers up to 26 weeks for maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. Enhancements are available for paternity leave, neonatal leave and fertility testing and treatments.
  • Facilities: Fantastic site facilities including subsidised meals, free car parking and much more...
  • Training and Development: Excellent career progression, training and career development opportunities

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. MBDA is proud of our employee-led networks, examples include: Gender Equality, Pride, Menopause Matters, Parents and Carers, Armed Forces, Ethnic Diversity, Neurodiversity and more...

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.


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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