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023SC - Year In Industry - Radar Modelling and Simulation Group

Salary: Competitive
Location: Edinburgh/Hybrid
Hours: 37 Hours a week
Start Date: August/September for 10 Months


We are an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable 'smart' solutions. We employ 8,000 people across the UK with 1,800 based at the Edinburgh site.
 Where will you find our work?
•    Our technology defines the capability of the Eurofighter Typhoon.
•    Our products help to return service men and women safely home to their families.
•    Our surveillance radar helps coastguards to save lives of people lost at sea.
•    We provided the perimeter security for the Commonwealth Games.
•    Our thermal camera was used in the BBC's Winter Watch.
We are number 1 in Airborne Infra-Red Counter Measures, in Airborne Laser Designators and in Airborne Radar outside of the US.



The placement will be within the Radar Modelling and Simulation group. This year’s task will require the successful candidate to create a software tool that will process simulated radar cross section data to form an inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) image showing where the dominant scattering centres are located on an object. The successful candidate will have strong mathematical skills, particularly: complex numbers, vectors, matrices, and coordinate transformations. They will show great curiosity of the physical world and an interest in the representation of real-world objects as mathematical models. Although this is a software engineering task, the candidate is not expected to know how to programme a computer; this will be covered through on-the-job training using Microsoft C#, an object oriented programming language and possible accelerated programming through the computer’s graphical processing unit (GPU).

The job is office-based in Edinburgh although the successful candidate will be issued with a company laptop and may choose a hybrid pattern of home and office working. They will be mentored throughout by a small team of highly experienced engineers with a strong track record of successful projects involving pre-university Year in Industry students – both at the Scottish and National levels. The successful candidate will be the 12th student to work in this small team.

Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business which includes having a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.


•    Mathematics at Higher or Advanced Higher (or A level)
•    Physics at Higher or Advanced Higher (or A level)
•    An interest in coding, either prior experience or a willingness to learn on the job
•    An awareness of what object oriented programming is
•    The ability to work with minimum supervision
•    The ability to research topics using the internet, textbooks, academic papers, etc
•    An eagerness to learn about the world of airborne radar
•    Experience in presenting work to audiences
•    UK citizenship and eligible for UK security clearance (Security Check)


To apply for this role, please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria (correct level of education, any location specific requirements, nationality and specific subjects/degrees) and then once you are confident you do, click here to go to our applications page.


Or you can email for further information or any queries.

023SC - Year In Industry - Radar Modelling and Simulation Group

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