Radiation and Nuclear Hardening Engineer

Airbus Group

Radiation and Nuclear Hardening Engineer

Airbus Defence & Space

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Airbus pioneers sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world. The Company constantly innovates to provide efficient and technologically-advanced solutions in aerospace, defence, and connected services. In commercial aircraft, Airbus offers modern and fuel-efficient airliners and associated services. Airbus is also a European leader in defence and security and one of the world's leading space businesses. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions and services worldwide.

We are looking for a Radiation and Nuclear Hardening Engineer to join Airbus Defence & Space based in Portsmouth with frequent travel to the Stevenage site.

You will be part of the Engineering and Radiation division and report to the Head of Engineering and Radiation.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who already has experience working in the field of radiation/nuclear hardening of spacecraft, payloads and equipments and has a genuine interest in the space industry.

This role will see you working directly with customers so previous experience in this with the ability to present ideas and concepts to the customer is essential.

You will have a methodical approach to work, with sufficient commitment and drive to complete tasks to budget and within specified timescales.

  • Strong analytical skills;
  • The ability efficiently to organise and coordinate their work, with minimal supervision;
  • The ability to generate innovative solutions and to communicate them;
  • Knowledge of radiation effects on components and also radiation analysis and nuclear hardening issues;
  • A willingness to travel overseas.


The current team of 10 are split between the two sites and are looking to expand due to upcoming projects.

The main objective of the radiation & nuclear hardening engineer is to carry out radiation and nuclear hardening engineering activities for advanced satellite payloads and equipment.

The role is strongly technical, requiring direct involvement in performing tasks ranging from component selection and testing, to equipment analysis and review and also the assessment of intra-equipment effects to assure whole systems.

It will also be necessary to interface with customer representatives, other Airbus and subcontractor personnel and attend associated design reviews.

This role will involve frequent travel to the Stevenage site, as such you must be able to travel accordingly.

Due to the nature of some of these projects, all applicants must be a UK citizen as may be subject to MoD security clearance if successful.

Tasks & Accountabilities

  • Participate in bid proposals oriented to optimization of radiation hardening aspects;
  • Maintain awareness of location of equipment, thermal hardware, position and routes of all coaxial cables;
  • Review and ensure company and customer requirements are contained within equipment and parts procurement specification;
  • Drive the application of the Airbus RADIUM Process, perform cost estimates, supervise all radiation aspects/tasks and report accordingly;
  • Advise on and review payload shielding analysis and on additional shielding requirements for equipment;
  • Review Airbus project drawings;
  • Ensure project costs and timescales are adhered to and met;
  • Maintain spacecraft shielding figures for equipment suppliers and payload radiation analysis;
  • Production of radiation analysis documentation for in-house equipment design;
  • Generating test specifications and carrying out radiation testing of components.

Skills & Experience

Do you have a proven proficiency in radiation and nuclear hardening engineering gained in a professional capacity? If so, this role could be the move you have been looking for.

It would be a bonus if you have experience in any of the following: Radiation & nuclear hardening of spacecraft, including familiarity with space segment physical environment and design drivers.

Knowledge of 3-D modelling software would also be a huge bonus but full training will be provided.

  • Educated to HNC/HND or 1st Degree in Electronics and/or Electrical Engineering or Physics;
  • A higher degree encompassing relevant topics such as RF Interfaces, modern communications techniques, EMC, radiation and/or nuclear hardening would also be highly desirable;
  • Fully PC literate, including MS Office.

What Airbus Can Offer You

  • A competitive salary with annual profit share;
  • an ever growing list of company benefits including enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave;
  • Very strong, very real career development options across our transnational, market leading company;
  • A working pattern of 2 to 3 days per week in the office and 2 to 3 days remotely (depending on the project you are working on);
  • Flexible hours - 37 per week with no core hours on Friday afternoons!

Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time. Please talk to us at the 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.

Please let us know if you need us to make any reasonable adjustments for the selection process - you can share this with the Recruitment Business Partner who gets in touch if you are invited to interview. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; auxiliary aids; room layout etc. Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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