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Robotics Intern (AOCS)

Internship in Stevenage, United Kingdom

Degree level


Job function


Required language

English (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 1 years

Start date

1 July 2020

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AIRBUS Defence and Space Limited

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.

Job Description

Start date: Jul/Aug 2020

Location: Stevenage

Duration: 12 months

Number of positions: 2

To stay on top, Airbus recognises the importance of supporting high-achieving and talented undergraduates. We do this through offering challenging internship opportunities during which your skills and potential are fully maximised.

Our internships give a unique insight into potential career paths within Airbus. They are designed so that you can put your theoretical knowledge into practice and gain crucial industry experience. The skills and knowledge you gain will improve your chances of a future role within the Airbus and should benefit your future studies.

We are looking for two interns to join the AOCS/GNC (Attitude and Orbital Control System/Guidance, Navigation and Control) team of engineers who work on current and future space missions. The internships are a stimulating blend of learning and technical work and you will gain extensive experience in the design and analysis of space mission GNC, for both small studies and large projects. The department provides the AOCS/GNC engineering analysis and support to a number of large ESA projects currently being conducted at Airbus Defence and Space.

Task & accountabilities :

During this internship, the activities you may undertake will include;

  • Support the ExoMars GNC team in the development and testing of the prototype rover on which the guidance and control algorithms for the ESA ExoMars rover are being tested
  • Activities related to spacecraft control engineering, navigation and guidance simulator development mathematical modelling and algorithm development.

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 Fly ...Count!

Please note our Internships are open to Undergraduates only. Therefore it is mandatory for candidates to be an undergraduate for the whole duration of the placement.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

  • Currently studying towards a degree in a numerate discipline (e.g. engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics etc.).
  • Programming experience in one or more languages such as “C”, C++, ObjectiveC, Swift, MatLab, Simulink, Python, Java, JavaScript or assembler.
  • Background with specialisation in robotics is desirable
  • Exposure to control engineering content would be advantageous but not essential
  • Experience or knowledge of embedded computer systems (e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi etc.) desirable
  • Mathematical modelling or Computer simulations is desirable

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

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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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services.

Aerospace & defence
10,000 employees