Graduate Firmware Engineer

Airbus · £20-30k · South East England
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Our UK Graduate Programme provides exceptional graduates the opportunity to master managerial and technical skills. Over the two year period it combines rotational placements with focused training and the possibility of European assignments as well as further personal development and the chance to build your professional network.

This role will be within the Modem Centre of Excellence. This group is known throughout the world for its pioneering work that has resulted in many state-of-the-products, technologies and multiple patents. 

The group undertakes fundamental research into communications technologies and then incorporates this technology and other technologies into the design, development and support of state-of-the-art communications products incorporating the realisation of Software, Firmware and Hardware. 

The group’s remit also extends to ‘adjacent’ areas such as network security, baseband telecommunication and network management technologies. This wide-ranging remit allows you to find where you best fir within the group and also challenge yourself to conquer new subject areas.

The successful candidate will be carefully mentored so that the candidate’s ability and the technical challenges are closely matched the job will be challenging but without undue stress. 

The role will involve working with a number of communities, the technical team itself, where appropriate other Airbus groups who use our products (e.g. Airbus Aircraft groups), and external customers such as the European Space Agency.

You will be guided to become proficient in many technical and non-technical areas. In our experience these will become the bedrock of a successful career. We guarantee that you will not be bored!

Task & accountabilities :


Main activities of the role may include;

  • Contributing to the design & development and implementation of Signal Processing solutions (e.g. in firmware) and testing against the target requirements. This will include the preparation, validation and application of mathematical models for simulation and analysis.
  • As part of a team, reviewing, enhancing and developing the modem products’ feature set.
  • Documenting and presenting your design with a view to reviewing it against the design review.
  • Potentially presenting work to customer communities such as Airbus Aircraft and ESA.


Required skills :


Please note, we love your interest in working for Airbus but we do ask that you make only one application. We encourage you to take time to decide which of our exciting opportunities is right for you and then submit an application that best represents you, your skills and experience in connection with the role you have selected.

One application: Make It Possible, Make It Happen, Make It ...Count!

  • Studying Communications Engineering, Physics, Electronics, Electrical Design or related subject.
  • A keen interest in telecommunications systems, their technologies and allied subjects such as Information Security
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.


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

This role will be based in Portsmouth and 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.

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

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