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Image Synthesis & EO Systems Graduate Engineer 2019


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The IS Group specialises in the development of real-time, target simulator systems for the real time testing of advanced RF and EO missile seekers and weapon system sensors (e.g. Radar). The group operates as the system and equipment ‘design authority’ for these simulators as well as the ‘intelligent customer’ for related sub-systems and sub-system technology.

The group supports a number of major projects and technology demonstrator programmes through the provision of target simulator solutions, as well as providing detailed models of the sensor with associated synthetic target scene data for testing of the weapon system software.

In addition to major programmes, the group supports both internally and externally funded research and technology studies, providing specialist resources on real-time system processing along with firmware and software developers.


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What will you be doing?

  • Undertake design studies into real-time target simulators for the testing of RF and EO sensors.
  • Software development for real-time, embedded, user interface, 3D graphic and ray-tracing systems.
  • Firmware development for RF & EO systems.
  • Digital signal processing and computational imagery techniques.
  • Develop the specifications for real-time target simulators.
  • Assist in the design, build, and test of the target simulator equipment.
  • Help to generate, verify, and validate synthetic imagery (for either RF or EO) to support system studies.
  • Modelling and simulation of the environment, target and sensor
  • Assist in the development of ‘technology roadmaps’ for future target simulation systems, related technologies and tools.
  • Help monitor supplier technology roadmaps (e.g. FPGA product roadmaps) and identify future technologies for investment.

What are the benefits for you?

  • Opportunity to work across different technology domains such as RF, EO, latest high performance digital electronic devices, real-time software, and associated development tools.
  • Develop new skills in the real-time systems and in synthetic image generation.
  • Develop an understanding of how advanced missile seekers operate and process target information in clear and contested environments.
  • Develop an understanding of HWIL techniques as applied to missile development.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues from France and Italy on future target simulator technology and techniques.
  • Work with national and international project teams.

What’s great about joining the team?

  • A small co-located team based in Bristol that is both highly skilled and experienced across a range of technologies applied across multiple research and development projects.
  • A team whose work spans a broad range of technology domains and that frequently interacts with specialists from other departments and projects.
  • A team that works across the product development life cycle i.e. from concept generation to equipment development through to product delivery and support.
  • A team that is part of a larger international directorate with opportunities for both personal growth and professional development.
  • A team that offers some travel between MBDA sites and including supplier and customer sites.

What are we looking for from you?

  • You will hold or be working towards a 2:1 in any relevant engineering, computing or applied physics degree.
  • We expect you to demonstrate initiative and enthusiasm and in return you will be challenged to develop ideas and deliver solutions to contribute to the success of projects.
  • An interest or experience in Digital Signal Processing or Computational Imaging is highly desirable.
  • Flexible, “can do” attitude, enthusiasm, and a willingness to work as part of a multi-discipline team.
  • Good presentation and communication skills.
  • A passion for applying your university learning to real-world engineering and technology projects.


  • Starting Salary of £26,250 with two pay reviews per year during the first 2 years.
  • Joining bonus of £2000 if you have a Bachelors or £2500 if you have a Masters.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • paid overtime.
  • a comprehensive pension scheme.
  • employee funded voluntary private healthcare.
  • sporting activities, fantastic site facilities.
  • Annual Company Bonus schemes.
  • superb learning and development opportunities.


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Job ID Number: Gr273
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £26,250 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Bristol
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