Thales - 2018 Graduate Research Engineer

Salary: Competitive + benefits
Location: South East, Nationwide, Reading
Start date: Various
Sectors: Engineering, Research & Analysis

We’re inventing the future, right here, right now, at Thales. By combining the curiosity to explore, the intelligence to question and the vision to create, we’re transforming the world around us.

Thales UK, Research & Technology supports the business entities of Thales, particularly in the UK. Thales UK Research & Technology (TRT UK) is the Reading based research centre forming part of Thales' network of centres situate in the UK, France, Netherlands and Singapore. We are defined by our people, around 100 science and engineering experts in a variety of technological domains. In this role you will contribute to real projects from the start whilst building experience in a variety of areas. such as innovation management, systems engineering, software engineering, digital signal processing, hardware design (digital and RF), vision processing, algorithm development are focused on the following domains:

• Secure radio communications
• cyber and information security
• precise indoor and outdoor positioning
• secure networks
• machine vision and video analytics
• radar and electronic warfare

In coordinated teams, Thales carries out research into and identifies new technologies applicable to the businesses in teams that are resourced from itself and the appropriate Thales business entity.

Over a period of 2 years you will join a number of these teams on a rotational basis. The intention is to give you a breadth of technical experience such that after the 2 years are complete you will be expected to join, on a permanent basis, one of the businesses to which you have been exposed (this includes Thales, UK Research & Technology). The final choice will be opportunity dependent. You will contribute from the start of your employment whilst building experience in analysing problems to develop technologies and solutions to customer challenges.

Location:Reading (with rotations UK and potential international)

Assessment centre dates: 13 November – 14 December across multiple locations

You will be able to communicate early, verbally and written, including documentation of your work to all Thales colleagues, regardless of seniority.

You are a high achiever, proactive, highly organised and self motivated.

The Graduate Pool forms part of the Thales Graduate Development Programme (GDP). Thales' GDP is accredited by the Institution of Engineering & Technology, The Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Physics. The GDP will help provide you with the support and training required to assist you in developing the skills required to ultimately achieve professional registration. The GDP is designed to meet the needs of the business and is an essential element in maintaining a professional workforce in a competitive engineering world market.

The engineering training elements have been selected to provide an insight into the delivery of engineering projects and an overview of important support functions. This will also include soft skills training, such as communication, presentations etc. There are many benefits associated with the GDP -

• Professional Institute membership funded by Thales
• Individual mentors to support professional registration
• STEM activities
• Large network of Graduates across UK and overseas
• Additional support with mobility and/or role change
• Visibility of Senior Management
• Career Coaching
• You will have the opportunity to travel to Thales and non Thales sites throughout the UK when participating in Graduate Development Programme activities.

Minimum educational requirements:
Preferred Degree: Masters (Graduate or postgraduate - 2.1 minimum). Recognised by the appropriate engineering institutions. We will consider a Bachelors degree (2.1 minimum)

Subject areas of particular interest within the degree:
• Electronic Engineering and related subjects
• CSoftware engineering
• Computer Science and related subjects
• Mathematics and or Physics
• Telecommunications

If you are studying Physics or Maths please note that you will need to have completed some electronics or software programming modules as part of your degree.

You will be capable of approaching technical problems with an analytical mind and be keen to see them through to a working solution. The following non-exhaustive list describes the skills required by the Thales UK businesses, including the Research and Technology centre. You will be capable in a subset of these:

• Algorithm Development & Mathematical Problem Solving
• Software Research, Design & Development including proficiency in C, C++ or Java
• General Digital Electronics (including high speed design)
• FPGA Design and Implementation
• RF Design, up to microwave frequencies.
• Mixed Signal Design (A/D, D/A, Amplifiers, Filters etc.

Please note that GDP activities take place during the working week but may require the investment of some personal time for travel and follow up activities. You may have the opportunity to travel to Thales and non-Thales sites throughout the UK when participating in Graduate Development Programme activities.

In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the

evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.