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about 1 year ago
Location: Bristol
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Systems Engineering
Category: Design / Development Jobs
Laser Image Processing and Control Systems Engineer

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Role Title and Location: Laser Image Processing & Control Systems Engineer

Job Ref No: P7369B

MBDA: Level 4

Reports to: Head of Laser Technologies

The Opportunity

MBDA are the lead for the DragonFire laser directed energy demonstrator, which is UK MoDs future vision for a laser effector. A vacancy has arisen for a scientist/engineer to work in Bristol on the technology aspects, specifically imaging through atmospheric turbulence.

The Role

* Lead an optics laboratory for the design, development and testing of imaging and control for precision laser pointing in the presence of atmospheric turbulence

* Conduct research on new optical and image processing techniques for laser pointing and tracking

* Assisting in the evaluation of demonstrators through off-site trials in the UK and overseas

* Carry out supporting simulation work to support laboratory and outdoor trials results

* Develop a research strategy in image processing and control

* Be at the forefront of science and engineering for laser directed energy

What’s in it for you?

* Interesting and exciting work, giving you the opportunity to work on some truly innovative and world-class technology

* Opportunities to manage projects through their full lifecycle, from the laboratory to customer delivery

* Frequent opportunities to gain visibility for you and your work at the highest level both inside and outside the company

* Having a varied ‘day-job’

* Excellent training opportunities in a broad range of relevant subjects; achieved through formal training courses and/or on-the-job training

* Opportunities to develop new skills through interaction with specialist areas within MBDA

What’s great about the team?

* Become part of a very diverse team of highly motivated scientists and engineers, who are genuinely interested in their fields

* Frequent exposure to high-profile, fast-paced projects

* Work on projects varying from a few weeks duration to several years

* Enjoy a high level of autonomy and ‘freedom to tinker’

* Have ready access to in-house experts to supplement knowledge

* Contribute to high-level VIP visits in support of senior management

* Opportunity to attend international conferences to keep abreast of developments in the field

* Undertaking this role you would be joining a dynamic, focussed team responsible for the development of our future business

What are we looking for?

* Creativity, imagination and the ability to innovate

* Ideally holding a higher degree (e.g. Masters or PhD) in a physical sciences or engineering discipline.

* Industry experience and knowledge / laboratory skills using lasers, optics and imaging.

* Familiar with systems engineering concepts and model based system engineering (MBSE)

* Deep understanding in the physics of atmospheric turbulence, and current state of the art compensation techniques

* Ability to automate and control of test and measurement equipment for data capture (such as LabView)

* Record of successful technical work delivered individually and/or as part of a team

* Ability to work with minimal supervision and often from a blank sheet of paper

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills, backed by working knowledge of Office software

* Ability to use well-known computer simulation codes to carry out optical simulations(such as Matlab, Zemax)

* Ability to write computer code to examine large datasets (such as Matlab or Python)

What would you get?

*Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *paid overtime (subject to level) *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements. MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation.

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.

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