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Airbus Engineering
Location: Portsmouth
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Defence
Category: Design / Development Jobs
Satellite Instrument Systems Placement (12 months)


AIRBUS Defence and Space Limited

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2019 it generated revenues of 70.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a Europeanleader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of theworld's leading space companies. 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.

Job Description

Start date: Jul/Aug 2021

Location: Portsmouth

To stay on top, Airbus recognises the importance of supporting high-achieving and talented undergraduates. We do this through offering challenging placement opportunities during which your skills and potential are fully maximised.

Our placements give a unique insight into potential career paths within Airbus. They are designed so that you can put your theoretical knowledge into practice and gain crucial industry experience. The skills and knowledge you gain will improve your chances of a future role within the Airbus and should benefit your future studies.

This opportunity exists within the Earth Observation, Navigation and Science (ENS) business unit of Airbus Defence and Space Ltd. in Portsmouth, where we have a long heritage in development, build and test of space-borne radar and passive microwave payloads for Earth Observation. Working within a trans-national organisation and with an emphasis on microwave instrumentation and technology, you can be involved in a variety of programmes, from studies and R&D through to space-flight payload development, in an innovative environment dealing with unique and challenging new remote sensing sensor concepts, e.g. the Copernicus ROSE-L Synthetic Aperture Radar, and the TRUTHS Hyperspectral Imaging Spectrometer for ESA’s Earth Watch programme.

During this internship, the activities you may undertake will include;

State-of-the-art technology studies in the field of space-based Earth Observation missions and payloads

Preparation of trade-offs and technical budgets for payloads/instruments

Development and analysis of conceptual designs, including use of CAD tools

Support to pre-development and prototyping activities, including potential laboratory work

Preparation of reports and presentations

Participation in meetings with customers and suppliers

Please note, we love your interest in working for Airbus but we do ask that you make only one application. We encourage you to take time to decide which of our exciting opportunities is right for you and then submit an application that best represents you, your skills and experience in connection with the role you have selected.

Our placements are open to Undergraduates only. Therefore it is mandatory for candidates to be an undergraduate for the whole duration of the placement.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

Currently studying an Aerospace, Engineering or Science degree

Keen interest and capability in microwave design and analysis, radar or radio communications

Keen interest in, and some understanding of the space industry and related Airbus activities in the sector

Experience with office software applications and CAD tools (e.g. Matlab, Autodesk, ADS, HFSS, etc.)

Ability to take initiative and operate effectively with minimal supervision within an overall project team

Passion for engineering design and innovation

A practical capability and positive mind-set, with a disposition to learn on-the-job

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Good interpersonal communications and team-working

Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application.


Please let us know if you need us to make any adjustments. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; additional time for written exercises; auxiliary aids; room layout; dietary requirements etc. If you wish to discuss this further please contact via email -******* Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the company's success, reputation and sustainable growth.

By submitting your CV or application you are consenting to Airbus using and storing information about you for monitoring purposes relating to your application or future employment. This information will only be used by Airbus.
Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

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