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Satellite Digital Systems Graduate

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£27,000 plus a welcome payment of £2,000
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Graduate scheme
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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world's leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

  • Start date: September 2020
  • Location: Stevenage
  • Application closing date: 10 November 2019

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.

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. This, along with training provided works to ensure you are ready and experienced enough to take the next step of your career following the programme's conclusion.

We are seeking keen intellects to join our multi-disciplinary team in developing a new generation of digital satellite payloads. The successful candidate will be immersed in a flight programme with access to experts in all disciplines needed to design complex global communication systems. Excellent team-working, decision-making and analytical skills will be needed to explore the boundaries and contribute to the system architecture in this challenging and responsible role.

The Processor Systems team are world-leaders in digital signal processors for modern communications satellites. Our work spans all project phases from early concept and detailed design through to validation and in-orbit support. Our products fly in a range of missions from Low Earth Orbit telecoms satellites to space observatories beyond Earth orbit. We work with European colleagues and with customers and suppliers around the world, leveraging the most advanced technologies to deliver high performance in an environment like nowhere on Earth.

Main activities of the role include:

  • Concept feasibility and generation of new ideas,
  • Development of digital processor architectural design and specification,
  • Digital signal processing algorithm design, simulation and analysis,
  • Laboratory prototyping of new processor designs.


  • Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • A degree in Maths, Physics, Engineering or a related subject
  • Excellent analytical skills,
  • Strong software programming,
  • Ability to communicate and work within a team on complex technical projects.

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

This role will be based in Stevenage 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.

Applications will be accepted from 16th September 2019 – 10th November 2019.


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.

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.

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