Graduate Opportunity

Complex Warheads: Lethality Graduate 2022


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The Complex Warheads Centre of Excellence is a coordinated team situated across sites in Stevenage, Bolton and Paris and their role is to:

Act as the company’s design authority for warheads.

Predict the lethal performance of various types of missile systems.

Provide expertise in the skill areas of warheads, explosives, target detection and weapon lethality.

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The Stevenage based team primarily undertakes modelling of the missile terminal engagement, the target detection, warhead detonation and lethal performance prediction.

What’s the opportunity?

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a niche group of engineers with mixed skills, involved in assessing the lethal performance of various missile systems. The skills we utilise are not typical in academia and so joining the team presents an opportunity for you to develop skills in numerous aspects of missile lethality that you would not develop anywhere else!

With support and mentorship from the team’s engineers, you'll be involved in applying a bespoke set of modelling tools to evaluate and investigate the lethality of developing and future missile systems. Our in-house tools are principally fast running analytical models written in MATLAB; however, other tools ranging from CAD design software to complex finite element style hydrocodes.

Joining us will build your knowledge and enable you to apply an understanding of fuzing techniques, warhead technologies, lethal effects and lethality assessment modelling methods to various types of missile systems in development by MBDA.

You will be encouraged to work on your own or in a small team, with limited supervision, as required, on short tasks (typically a few weeks to a few months in duration).

Entry Criteria

  • Degree Qualified (minimum 2.2) in an Engineering, Mathematical or Applied Science subject area.
  • A passion to learn new skills and then apply to overcome engineering problems.
  • The ability to communicate ideas clearly, including technical information, both verbally and in writing.

Why choose us?

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’re here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Stevenage, Hertfordshire
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Software
  • Systems

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