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Future Battlespace Solutions – Undergraduate Placement R16079

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
£20,000 (pro rata)
Closing date
16 Nov 2023

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We collaborate with governments to achieve a shared goal of defending our freedom.


Salary: £20,000 (pro rata)


Closing date for this role is midnight on Thursday 16th November

What we can offer you:


10 month undergraduate placement starting September 2024

Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals and free car parking

A placement that allows you to apply your university learning to real-world engineering projects and technologies

Flexible working

Working pattern:


The team operates a flexible working model allowing you to work at home where it is possible, however the nature of the job will often require you to be onsite to access specific facilities and resources.


The opportunity


The Future Battlespace Solutions department supports multiple areas of the product lifecycle, from the development of future products to export sales. We conduct a variety of studies that provide critical decision-making evidence. Within our department there are three teams:


The Operational Analysis team is involved with assessment of weapons system options in war fighting scenarios, developing the tactics for future weapons, and generating evidence to support high level choices, both for UK future systems and potential export campaigns.

The Weapon Systems Concepts team identifies and defines potential future weapon system concepts, based on anticipated customer requirements and promising future technologies

The Battle Modelling team develops and uses a suite of mathematical modelling and simulation tools, including an air combat flight simulator, which is used to test new concepts and demonstrate current products to potential customers.

Undergraduates will gain a detailed understanding of the department by being able to work across all three of these areas! You will be able to complete a wide variety of exciting tasks for multiple projects throughout the placement. We'll provide guidance and mentorship to develop an understanding of weapon systems in operational use, gaining a broad understanding of missile systems and learning about our industry, as well as developing your problem solving and analysis skills and written and verbal communication. Specific tasks you may be involved in include:


Considering concepts and technologies for products that will used beyond 15 years from now.

Developing, running and documenting models used to study and visualise the future.

Defining study inputs and investigating results to identify key conclusions.

Self-managed research tasks on specified topics.

Assisting with the delivery of workshops and wargames with internal and external stakeholders including members of the armed forces.

Preparation of presentations and reports for delivery to both internal and external customers.

Exploring system capability for both MBDA and market products.

What we're looking for from you


Currently studying towards a degree in a Maths, Physics, Astronomy, Systems or Software Engineering, Computational Studies, Operational Research, Economics, History, Statistics or War Studies (or similar) discipline.


Our Business


We value new perspectives, collaboration, and diversity. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.


We encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process.


Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.


Please Note: MBDA UK Limited requires all employees to achieve the required medical and national security clearance for their role. Further restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may also apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team.


Due to the nature of our business, this particular vacancy requires the applicant as a minimum to be a British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship and capable of achieving the clearance levels mentioned above.


A leading company in the defence industry, we collaborate across Europe to develop cutting-edge defence capabilities that keep our nation and its allies safe. What we work together to achieve is important. And
it gives everyone the opportunity to become the best at what they do – from software and mechanical engineering to finance and business management. As a graduate or apprentice on one of our structured programmes, you’ll become part of a highly skilled defence community and well supported to sharpen both your expertise and your thinking.

We’re recognised as one of the UK’s Best Places to Work (Glassdoor, 2022) and were awarded Gold
status by the 5% Club regarding workplace learning. That’s due in part to our world-class training and development. With us, you’ll have the chance to work with innovative technology and inspiring colleagues. You’ll also benefit from exposure across our hugely diverse organisation.

This is a rare chance to work with and learn from industry leaders, technical experts and bold thinkers at the very start of your career – so that you can shape its direction along pathways you’re passionate about. Explore more and join us.


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