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Airbus Engineering
Location: Portsmouth
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Defence
Category: Research & Development Jobs
Component Scientist

Airbus Defence and Space Portsmouth

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Description of the job

A vacancy for a Component Scientist has arisen within Airbus Defence & Space in Portsmouth. The successful applicant will join the UK EEE Engineering and Radiation Group.

The group carries out failure analysis investigations and construction analysis on Electronic, Electrical & Electro-mechanical components for the space industry and also provides technical consultancy on all electronic components and their usage conditions throughout (and beyond) the company.

The Component Scientist will produce or review EEE procurement specifications, produce test plans for component investigations and to represent the Group in the Local Parts Committee (LPC) and the Component Technical Committee (CTC).

The position will be based in Portsmouth, though some travel could be necessary.

The successful applicant will be subject to UK Security Clearance in order to undertake related work in accordance with business needs.

Tasks & accountabilities

The group has access to a range of apparatus and equipment to assist with investigations and the Component Scientist would need to be able to utilise them during investigations. Amongst this equipment are:

* Optical microscopes.
* Scanning Electron Microscope including a Focussed Ion Beam miller and EDX analysis.
* Electronic measuring equipment including parameter analysers and a probe station.
* Microsectioning equipment (lapping polishing etc.)
* X-Ray Fluorescence equipment.
* Real-time X-Ray imager.
* Leak tester.
* Bond-pull tester.
* PIND tester.

Required skills

* A knowledge of Electronic, Electrical & Electro-mechanical component testing (using Automatic Test Equipment, oscilloscopes etc)
* A knowledge of electronic device failure mechanisms; the physics of device reliability and device design/processing
* Experience in applying these skills to failure analysis
* The ability to communicate technical matters, both verbally and in writing, to a range of people, both technical and non-technical
* The ability to work in a team environment and yet be self-motivated
* The ability to work accurately to deadlines and under pressure
* A good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, MathCAD and Paint Shop Pro
* Good mathematical and statistical skills are also required

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