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Human Factors 10 month Placement 2021

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The Human Factors Department is one of the most experienced in the UK. Working with the Human Factors Department will provide you with a unique opportunity to learn about Human Factors within the UK Defence Industry, offering you a highly supportive and structured environment to develop your skills and provide you with the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice.

What's the opportunity?

The placement is an opportunity for you to develop an appreciation for how people use complex equipment and systems from a cognitive and physiological perspective. This will involve conducting research tasks and identifying new technologies that will shape the way military personnel use their equipment in the future. There is the potential opportunity to get “hands on” with kit and work with military users.

Examples of day-to-day activities are provided below. As long as you have a passion to learn and are able to use your integrity and intuition to work out the most suitable course of action, on the job training and guidance will be provided to support you in developing within these areas throughout your placement:

  • Supporting the planning and conduct of User Experimentation and trials.
  • Carrying out individual research tasks, to provide recommendations and solve problems.
  • Conducting workspace assessments and anthropometric modelling tasks.
  • Designing and prototyping Human Computer Interfaces (HCI) / Human Machine Interfaces (HMI).
  • Supporting the development and demonstrations of Virtual Reality technologies.
  • Writing reports and creating presentations on areas you’ve been working on.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about understanding real-life, practical issues that military users face working in the modern battlespace, often in very challenging environments. To be considered for the role, you must:

  • Be studying a current undergraduate course in Psychology, User Centred Design, Ergonomics/Human Factors, Product Design, Computing or Systems Engineering.
  • Be able to adapt well to changing and challenging goals and requirements.
  • Have great interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team or individually.

MBDA is committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

All graduates, undergraduates and apprentices at MBDA are required to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to their respective role. Some roles, may be reserved for UK nationals and certain categories of information may be restricted to UK nationals also. To gain suitable clearance individuals will need to have lived in UK for up to 5 years dependent on the level of clearance required.

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South West
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5