Aerodynamics and Propulsion Engineer

Competitive Salary Dependent on Experience
06 Sep 2017
30 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Joining the aerodynamics and propulsion department will give you the opportunity to work alongside a team of highly experienced engineers, at the forefront of missile aerodynamics. This vacancy presents a rare opportunity to be actively involved in high speed aerodynamics.

Throughout the Early Careers Programme (ECP) you will undertake several placements to ensure you get exposure to the various aspects of the department. The program is tailored to focus on your personal and professional development, with MBDA investing heavily into its graduates.

You will have the opportunity to be actively involved in designing the missiles of the future, learning to use cutting edge aerodynamic techniques with guidance and support from our team of aerodynamicists.


  • The primary role of the department is aerodynamic design, characterisation and assessment of missile airframes. The department is also responsible for the design and development of the propulsion sub-systems including solid rocket and air-breathing technologies. The tools used to achieve this vary from bespoke in-house codes, commercial computational fluid dynamics software, through to the use of a number of external wind tunnel testing facilities.
  • You will use a suite of performance analysis tools developed within the department in order to support missile integration onto land, naval and air platforms, including carrying out air-intake design, optimising missile aerodynamic performance and supporting propulsion sub-system integration.
  • You will have the opportunity to apply these tools at different stages of missile development, from concept to design and manufacture and the department actively encourages you to gain exposure to as many stages of development as possible throughout your development programme.
  • There may also be opportunities to work on the design and qualification of solid rocket motors through interaction with our propulsion subsystem suppliers, as well as being involved in internal research and development into novel missile propulsion technologies.

About You

  • To have a passion for aerodynamics and propulsion.
  • A proactive attitude, willingness to learn new skills, and the ability to apply newly gained knowledge quickly to overcome problems encountered.
  • The ability to clearly communicate and present ideas including preparing technical presentations and reports.
  • To be capable of working well within a team and individually
  • Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance.


  • You will be working on the cutting edge of missile aerodynamics and propulsion, as part of a highly skilled team of specialist engineers, passionate about what they do.
  • You will gain exposure to working with a huge variety of flow regimes, from low subsonic to high supersonic, as well as the development of a large number of propulsion systems. These are both aspects which are rarely seen in the civil aerospace sector.
  • Whilst part of ECP you will participate in a number of personal and professional development courses run specifically for graduates. You will also have access to a vast number of company-lead internal technical courses which cover all aspects of missile design.
  • There will be the potential for you to be involved in experimental testing at world-class external wind tunnel facilities.
  • Given that MBDA is a multinational company with offices across Europe, there will be opportunities to travel both within the UK and abroad.
  • Competitive joining bonus and salaries, flexible working, paid overtime, 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.

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