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Future Programmes, Earth Observation and Science Placement (12 Months)


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About us:

Come and work with Airbus on the most exciting space missions of the future, as part of the Future Programmes & Proposals group in Stevenage, UK.  Throughout your placement you will be directly involved in running studies and proposals, supporting both system engineer and project manager.

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The Future Programmes & Proposals department in Earth Observation and Science is the place where programs are created, and mission concepts elaborated for the most exciting European missions of the future!

We are responsible for assessing the feasibility of future missions/programmes, which includes technical design of the spacecraft, planning, risk assessment and costing as well as exchanges on the scientific or operation goals of the mission to enable the customer to make a decision about the next steps in the programme. The department carries out all early phase Earth observation and science studies for ESA and runs all proposals.

The placement will give a wide overview of the work performed not only in the Future Programmes group but across Airbus, participating in the elaboration of future missions, as well as supporting Airbus to win further proposals. The project teams as well as the various experts will provide any necessary support.

The successful applicant will therefore gain valuable experience for a potential future in the space industry.

What you will be doing:

Across Earth Observation and Science there are always multiple studies running in parallel, and usually proposals as well. The placement would support the system engineers and at times project managers on several projects and if possible proposals as well. Tasks will include any or all of the following:

  • Mission analysis
  • Requirements analysis
  • Support to system architecture definition (satellite accommodation, mechanical architecture, Propulsion, Thermal)
  • Performance analysis
  • Budget preparation
  • Support with proposal preparation, including creating and presenting winning arguments and documentation
  • Preparation and delivery of presentations and documentation
  • Participation to meetings with customers
  • Interaction with Airbus colleagues in other countries

About you!

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;

  • Good grades in Aerospace Engineering, Physics or similar subjects/degrees.
  • Interest in working in the space industry, with experience from previous placements or university projects will be a plus
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace
  • Experience with CAD, MATLAB or programming may be advantageous
  • Curiosity and Flexibility
  • Team player
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills
  • Fluent in English
  • Analytical & joined-up thinking


Salary:  £20,590

37 hours per week // Flexible working hours // Hybrid working // Half days on Fridays!* // 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays //

*subject to completing full hours prior to this

Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application, along with an up to date university transcript.

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Job ID Number: JR10147148
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: August 2023
  • Starting Salary: £20,590 + benefits
  • All grades
  • 12 months
  • Stevenage (Hertfordshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerospace
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Physics
  • Software

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