Algorithm Researcher/Developer- Mission Planning Technologies
graduate job
Expires14 days

Algorithm Researcher/Developer- Mission Planning Technologies

Job description

What’s the opportunity?
The opportunity requires good computer scientists, scientists, engineers or mathematicians who are interested in a new and exciting challenge working for a major defence supplier with an established and growing order book that are rated 12th in the Sunday Times Best Company to Work For.

The role will work on the research and development of mission planning technologies (mathematical or computer science based algorithms) for future surface attack weapon systems. It will undertake concept exploration and the design, development and validation of software-based methods and algorithms used both off-board and on-board the weapon.

Such technologies help support the Mission Planner in the preparation and rehearsal of a mission before launch and the operator (commonly a Pilot) in the planning of an engagement whilst on-route.

As a group, we develop the ‘off-weapon’ capabilities of the Weapon System that are required to prepare, plan and execute a mission. These systems may be highly integrated into land, sea or air platforms, or they may be interconnected IT workstations adapted to specific environments.

For surface attack weapons, the types of technologies and system under development include pilot decision aids, mission management, mission planning, mission rehearsal, and mission execution (weapon control) systems. It includes the need for optimal path techniques, multi-criteria constraint optimisation, deep/machine learning techniques for data analysis and reduction, trajectory modelling and GIS techniques.

Previous knowledge of weapons or weapon systems is not a pre-requisite. A series of in-house training courses provides an excellent technical background to enable talented individuals to adapt.

What will you be doing?
You will be working with a group that works with projects developing cutting edge weapon systems from the early concept and assessment phases, through to the design, development and delivery of a working system.

We also enhance our capabilities through applied research and technology exploitation, and contribute towards a number of wider industry research and engineering technology programmes.

The role requires systemic, flexible and agile thinkers who can work across the breadth of the concept and development lifecycle. Depending upon the nature of the assignment and your experience, you may be developing future concepts, working with projects to develop, integrate and validate the weapon system algorithms or technologies, or researching new methods and technologies for adoption in future systems. The length of any assignment varies from a few months to years, and you may be required to support several projects in parallel.

In order to ensure that our Products are designed and delivered in an efficient and cost-effective manner, the group adopts a Product Line approach to develop generic, re-usable components that are then exploited on Projects. In order to facilitate this we make comprehensive use of model-based engineering and generic architectures.

What’s great about joining this team?

  • Your role will be varied across the systems lifecycle phases, from researching new methods, the establishment of new concepts, the definition and management of algorithm requirements, through to their design, integration, verification and validation.
  • You will form relationships across the specialised MBDA technical departments to ensure that all design aspects are considered.
  • You will be part of a team solving a very unique problem – how to establish and adopt generic military products in environments that, by their nature, have very differing constraints, whilst minimising time-to-market and costs, but maintaining the high standards demanded.
  • You will be working within a multi-national organisation, which may involve joint working with different national companies, including limited travel both within the UK and Europe.

Why you should come and work at MBDA

  • MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees on industrial facilities in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States
  • With some of the most sophisticated technology in defence, MBDA is Europe’s leading guided weapons company and with this in mind we continually look to broaden our existing talent base whilst maintaining a strategic edge, by exploiting new markets and new applications for our world-class technology base
  • Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career
  • Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and commercial spectrum to carry it out. Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards

What you would get

  • Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.
  • Unique in the defence and aerospace industry, a chance to work at a Sunday Times Top 30 company as voted by the people who work here

What we are looking for

  • Understanding of related techniques such as optimal path techniques, multi-criteria constraint optimisation, deep/machine learning techniques, trajectory modelling or GIS techniques.
  • Experience in undertaking system studies to understand and quantify operational concepts, and any subsequent research into algorithmic methods to satisfy them.
  • Development of algorithms using recognised software development processes and techniques using Matlab or similar high-level languages.
  • Experience in system performance analysis to identify (algorithm) design options, and assess solutions and performance.
  • Experience in the formal requirements specification and design of algorithms.
  • A systemic thinker with the ability to solve problems in a structured manner, identifying key abstractions in their solution.
  • Excellent reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • An ability to adapt to changing priorities, programme needs and tasks.
  • Openness to an understanding and use of industry best practice in the design for modularity and re-use.
  • Experience in establishing algorithm verification and validation strategies.


  • Experience in requirements definition, preferably using Rhapsody or DOORS, at both system and sub-system level.
  • Experience in the use of structured systems analysis and design (preferably using Rhapsody with SysML or UML).
  • Knowledge of configuration management principles and tools (preferably RTC).
  • Exposure to software architectures, technologies and methods.
  • Experience in working on defence or aerospace systems or similar complex engineering projects (for instance, in telecoms, rail, automotive sectors).

Please note thatin order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible forSC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance.


A relevant computer science, engineering or science based degree (or equivalent).

Accepted degree subjects


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