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Senior Avionics Design Engineer

Farnborough, Hampshire
Competitive plus excellent benefits
Closing date
25 May 2022

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Aerospace, Defence, Engineering, Information Technology
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About the Facility


The Kelleher building at Farnborough is a purpose-built facility for the design and production of the Zephyr solar powered aircraft, and is named after the late Chris Kelleher, inventor of the Zephyr. Staff amenities include break areas with kitchen equipment, showers and on-site parking, while a coffee and sandwich shop is located nearby.




The Role


A vacancy for a Senior Avionics Design Engineer has arisen within the Zephyr team in Farnborough.  The successful applicant will join the Zephyr Engineering Team.


This position is focused on the development of Zephyr Avionics subsystems to maximise the potential of persistent flight operations in the stratosphere.




Role and Responsibilities:


- Working with the Lead Avionics Engineer you will be responsible for:




- Engaging with stakeholders to specify requirements for safety critical Avionics subsystems




- Executing full lifecycle analogue and digital circuit design for harsh thermal and radiation environments




- Electronic component selection in accordance with requirements




- Qualification and traceability against requirements




- Coordinating unit testing of Avionics systems




- Managing non-conformances throughout the design lifecycle




- Capturing lessons learnt and identifying improvements to designs and processes




- Tracking design changes through a formal CCB process




- Manage Avionics design work packages to a strict budget (on time, on cost, on quality)




- Review the work of junior engineers and provide mentoring






Accountable to the Zephyr Lead Avionics Engineer




Experience & Qualifications


The successful candidate's experience and skills will include the following:


- BSc / HNC / BEng and / or recognised aerospace  based apprenticeship In electrical and electronic engineering




- Full-lifecycle analogue and digital circuit design, for harsh thermal and radiation environments




- Use of Microsemi FPGA design tools and FPGA based Signal processing including complex modulation/demodulation




- Electronic component selection in accordance with requirements.




- Experience of aerospace certification and safety standards DO-178, DO-254, ARP4754, ARP4761 Experience of UAS airworthiness or Space system quality standards (ECSS or similar).Experience of electronic and RF test equipment, setup and use.




- Experience of electronic and RF test equipment, setup and use.




- Knowledge of communication theory and methods.




- Capability and experience in some (or all of the following) is desirable




- Multi-layer mixed signal PCB layout using CAE. (ALTIUM and ORCAD preferred)




- PCB manufacture and test methodology.




- Environmental testing for High Altitude/Space.




- Embedded software development (8051 or similar)




- Experience of requirements capture and management




- Ability to deliver to defined timescales, requirements and budgets.




- Capability to take a unit design from requirements through detailed design and system trade-offs to prototyping and batch production, testing and system integration.




- ESA ECSS high reliability soldering.




- Experience of UAS or Space system level design and documentation.




Additional Information


Flexi-time working arrangement allows start and finish times around the core working hours of 09:30 to 16:00, and extra time accrued can be booked as time off (up to 1 day per month). Hybrid working allows Work From Home, however the laboratory-based nature of the role and project requirements may require periods of full-time presence on site.


Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need. We can't promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.


We value the strength that diverse perspectives bring to our business, so if you require any reasonable adjustments to fully participate in the recruitment process please discuss this with the recruiter who contacts you In return we can offer a competitive salary with annual profit  and an ever growing list of company benefits and strong career development options across our transnational, market leading company.


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