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Human Factors - Undergraduate Placement R15900

£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, personnel or data.


The opportunity


The placement is an opportunity for you to develop an appreciation for how people interact with sophisticated equipment and systems from a physical, cognitive and physiological perspective. This will involve conducting research tasks and identifying new technologies that will shape the way military personnel use their equipment in the future. There is the potential opportunity to get "hands on" with kit and work with military users.


Examples of day-to-day activities are provided below. As long as you have a passion to learn and are able to use your integrity and intuition to work out the most suitable course of action, on the job training and guidance will be provided to support you in developing within these areas throughout your placement:


Taking a Human Centred Design (HCD) approach to the development of sophisticated systems

Supporting the planning and conduct of User Experimentation and trials with military users on prototype through to real weapon system equipment and software.

Carrying out individual research tasks, to provide recommendations and solve problems.

Conducting workspace assessments and anthropometric modelling tasks.

Designing and prototyping Human Computer Interface (HCI) / Human Machine Interface (HMI) concepts.

Supporting the development and application of technologies, such as Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence, in future systems.

Writing reports and creating presentations on areas you've been working on.

What we're looking for from you:


Currently studying towards a degree in a Psychology, Engineering, User Centred Design, User Experience Design, Ergonomics/Human Factors, Product Design, Systems Engineering or Cognitive Science 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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