Graduate Material Scientist - Airbus

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Salary of £27,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000.
South East, Portsmouth, Stevenage
Apply by:
18th November 2018
Start date:
September 2019
Job type:
Graduate job

Start date: September 2019
Location: Stevenage & Portsmouth
Number of roles: 4 (2 in STV, 2 in PTH)
Application closing date: 4th November 2018

Our UK Graduate Programmes provide exceptional graduates the opportunity to master managerial and technical skills. They combine rotational placements with focused training and the possibility of European assignments. The programmes, while structured, are not rigid. They offer you the opportunity to tailor your first two/three years with Airbus Group, to ensure you are ready and experienced enough to take the next step of your career following the programme's conclusion.

From day one, you will be assigned to a particular department and will be guided through the various placement opportunities that exist within your function, the wider business and even with customers and suppliers. Additionally, there are a number of valuable training opportunities that cover a variety of subjects as well as encouraging you to get involved in education and community projects to broaden your experience and skills along the way.

The role of Graduate Materials Engineer is based in the Materials and Processes department, a small group of Material Specialist Engineers providing technical solutions to materials related problems related to the manufacture of flight hardware.

This entails the definition of the qualification of materials for various mission specific requirements. Another important facet of the material engineer's remit is to identify new materials and processes for improved performance for future applications.

The Materials Engineers knowledge of the properties and applications of a wide range of metallic and non-metallic materials space environments (radiation, thermal, vacuum) is routinely sought by both Design and Manufacturing teams. Working within a team or individually, Materials Engineers interface with people at all levels - Shop Floor, Project Teams, through to management and Customers.

We are looking to recruit the following positions:

- Graduate Materials Engineer (Portsmouth) x2

To provide materials, mechanical parts and processes engineering support to business unit projects as required. To contribute to the Materials and Processes team mission of assuring the quality of materials and processes used in Astrium products. This is an early careers position reporting to the UK Space System Materials Engineering Manager.

- Graduate Materials Engineer (Stevenage)

The technical domain for metallic materials and surface technology serves the whole Airbus Defence and Space product portfolio, from Telecom satellite projects to military aircrafts. We are responsible for developing and qualifying new materials and processes as well as supporting manufacturing and quality. We are creating new technologies for our business lines in the area of addivitive manufacturing (3D printing) and environmental friendly surface technologies. In our Stevenage location we are ensuring the proper application of materials for satellites (Telecom and ENS) in the field of surface technology and metallic materials.

- Graduate Materials Engineer (Stevenage)

Materials and Process Project Engineers focus on providing project related M&P support and expertise. We provide support to Telecoms projects and Earth Observation Navigation and Science projects. Projects include ExoMars Rover, Solar Orbiter and Biomass. There may be opportunities to work on materials qualifications, interface with customers such as the European Space Agency, resolve non-conformances and support project related developments. As the technical support provided could be related to any part of the spacecraft, a broad understanding of materials and processes will be developed in this role.


• Supporting activities in research and development, including writing qualification plans, test plans and reports, along with Identifying and justifying replacement materials due to obsolescence.
• Producing and maintaining Parts, Materials and Process (PMP) documentation and chairing Materials, Processes and Control Boards (MPCBs).
• Spending time in the materials laboratory to gain an understanding of the test and techniques processes for optics, chemistry and mechanical testing.

This role will involve some travel to European Airbus D&S sites and international suppliers. As such you must be able to travel accordingly.

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company's success, reputation and sustainable growth.


Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

- At minimum, a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or related subject.
- Knowledge of adhesives, metallic, non-metallic, composites and adhesive bonding.
- Ability to analyse and interpret data to draw conclusions and make recommendations.
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Good problem solving skills, including risk analysis.
- Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
- Good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application.

The successful candidate will be subject to UK National Security Clearance in order to undertake related work in accordance with business needs.

This role will receive the full Airbus Defence & Space Graduate programme benefit package including an annual Salary of £27,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000.

Applications will be accepted from 17th September 2018 - 4th November 2018.


Please let us know if you need us to make any adjustments. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; additional time for written exercises; auxiliary aids; room layout; dietary requirements etc. If you wish to discuss this further please contact via email Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

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