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3 months ago
MBDA
Location: Bristol
Job type: Permanent
Category: Design / Development Jobs
Navigation Algorithm Design

Role Title and Location: Navigation Algorithm Design

Job Ref No: P7005B

Directorate: Technical Directorate

MBDA Level of role: Level 4

Salary: £40,000 - £45,000

Reports to: Navigation Team Lead

What’s the opportunity?

Applications are invited for an Navigation Algorithm Design engineer at MBDA. The successful candidate will work with a team of engineers to develop and evaluate navigation algorithms for fast-movinginnovative projects. In particular, the work will involve researching, testing and evaluating algorithms that integrate into a wider complex weapon solution. Strong programming skills are required including Matlab, a good Degree with a strong mathematical content would be desirable, along with previous demonstrable programming, real-time implementation, validation & verification and navigation experience. Relevant experience (ideally Post-Doctaral or industrial), with the state-of-the-arts navigation algorithms, comparative evaluation and testing is a strong advantage.

The Navigation Engineer will become a key member of a dynamic team working within the Guidance, Control and Navigation (GCN) function. The GCN function has responsibilities for algorithm development and proving in the following domains:

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IIR and RF image and signal processing for target acquisition and tracking

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Data fusion

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Terminal and Homing Guidance

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Mid-Course guidance

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Autopilots and control systems

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Propulsion control

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Integrated Navigation, including GPS integration and Terrain Referenced Navigation

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Command and Control

* Mission Planning algorithms

These algorithms are central to the design and development of MBDA’s complex guided weapon systems products. Algorithms are developed at many stages of the lifecycle of the product including:

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Research studies, both externally and internally funded, to investigate algorithms for future developments

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Algorithms to support initial missile feasibility and concept studies

* Algorithms in support of assessment and development programmes

Navigation engineers are involved in all stages of the lifecycle and play a key role in many of our product developments.

This is a specialist Navigation engineering role, within the GCN function, that can be within a team with no significant budget or management responsibilities, to full responsibility for small teams and task packages.

What will you be doing?

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You will be responsible for development of specific algorithms or studies to support key programmes within MBDA.

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Responsibilities can include concept studies, algorithm design and trade-off studies, trials preparation, trials analysis and reporting, architecture definition, algorithm and model validation.

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You will be autonomous and will be able to act as a point of contact for GCN’s interactions with the other project teams e.g. Simulation and Modelling, Software, Hardware-in-the Loop, Systems Design & Validation and Technical Quality.

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You will perform technical analyses and investigations into a full range of issues and problems and prepare and develop solutions either individually or as a member of a project team.

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You will engage with the algorithm users, understand and respond to their needs and ensure that the algorithms are fit for their intended use.

What are the benefits for you?

* You will gain in-depth knowledge of the design and functionality of MBDA’s complex weapon systems through your model development work. You will understand how GCN supports our weapon system products and gain insight into a number of related disciplines with whom we have a high level of interactions (e.g. Simulation and Modelling, Software, Hardware-in-the Loop, Systems Design & Validation, Seekers & Sensors, Technical Quality).

* You will play a key role in the development of our complex weapon systems.

* You will have the opportunity to work within an international discipline in MBDA. The GCN Function has team members in two MBDA sites (Bristol and Le Plessis Robinson) and has strong links to our MBDA site in Rome.

What’s great about joining this team?

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GCN Teams have a central role in the concept definition and development of our products.

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GCN Teams work across all MBDA UK products, giving depth of experience and opportunity to all team members.

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You will be joining a hard-working and team with a successful track record in achieving project milestones on time and on budget.

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A stimulating environment and rewarding opportunities.

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GCN engineers are generally co-located in function, allowing a good team spirit and functional identity.

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

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We are continuously improving to bring benefits to the programmes we are involved in. This includes algorithmic approach, processes, methods and toolsets, each of which brings a variety of specific challenges to solve in order to fully exploit new benefits across a wide range of programmes.

What we are looking for from you?

* IdeallyPhD qualified and with relevant industrial experienceor Degree with a strong mathematical content e.g. Aerospace Engineering, Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics

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Relevant experience of Navigation algorithm design.

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Ideally will have knowledge and experience of some of the following:

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Inertial Navigation

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Aided Navigation techniques, for example but not limited to,

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Global Navigation Satellite Systems

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Terrain Referenced Navigation

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Image Based Navigation

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Radar and LADAR imaging

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Opportunistic Navigation / Signals of Opportunity

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Data fusion techniques

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Kalman filters

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Non-linear filtering

* Ideally will have knowledge and experience of the following:

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The MathWorks products – specifically Simulink, Embedded MATLAB and Stateflow

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Model Based Design

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Configuration management

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Requirement Management e.g. DOORS and Rhapsody

* C, FORTRAN and Ada

In addition you will:

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be pro-active and be capable of working on your own initiative with a minimum of supervision, as well as within an algorithm development team working transversally with other functions

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have an understanding of and an ability to work within defined processes

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have the ability to visualize and analyse complex systems

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have good verbal, presentation and written communication skills

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have practical knowledge of basic systems engineering principles and processes

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be able to work with engineering teams, including in-house and contractor personnel

* have good understanding of, and good working experience in all phases of the engineering life cycle

We are aware of relevant activities in avionics and aerospace, computer vision, robotics, autonomous systems, within the mobile phone industry and within the GNSS industry. We would welcome interest from those domains and others.

What would you get?

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Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, discounted private healthcare scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes, and superb learning and development opportunities.

MBDA is 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.

Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve and maintain SC security clearance or above without restrictions that will inhibit the ability to fulfil the requirements of the role. Your eligibility for the appropriate level of security clearance may be discussed with you during the recruitment process. Any existing clearance holders may be able to transfer clearance (subject to approval).

Are you a member of LinkedIn? If so, you are invited to view future MBDA UK opportunities and news by following our MBDA LinkedIn Company page.* Directorate

GROUP ENGINEERING

* Discipline

Engineering & Design

* Title

Navigation Algorithm Design

* City

Bristol

* Job Ref no

P7005B

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