The role of the Aerodynamics and Propulsion Group within the Aerodynamics, Propulsion and Lethality Department in MBDA is to provide expertise to all products and concepts within the company, in the skill areas of aerodynamics, propulsion (solid rocket and air-breathing, including turbojet and propeller), stealth, accoustics, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and airframe performance. Our range of products requires knowledge of a wide range of flight regimes, from low subsonic through to hypersonic.
As a graduate or undergraduate engineer within the group you will contribute to the work performed and you may be required to:
Carry out conceptual studies for future air vehicles and aerodynamic, propulsion and low-observable (RCS, thermal/visual and acoustic) development for MBDA projects, including specification and conduct of wind tunnel test programmes, and safety trace analysis,
Model aerodynamic characteristics of airframes for use in autopilot design and performance modelling
Undertake studies of missile separation from aircraft, ships and other launch vehicles,
Conduct assessment of suitable propulsion subsystems and provide expertise on their integration into the airframe,
Develop tools and methods to expand the capabilities of the group.
Academic Background: Qualified to degree level or above (minimum 2:1 honours degree or equivalent) in a technical discipline, e.g. Aeronautical Engineering, Mathematics or Physics, preferably with relevant Aerodynamics or Propulsion content. Applicants with relevant PhD-level qualifications or specialist knowledge in a particular technology are also encouraged.
Training in the use of tools (including modelling tools such as Matlab, together with MS Office and in-house prediction methods and CFD) will be provided as necessary, but previous experience would be advantageous.