13/10/2018 Airbus Portsmouth PO3 5PU

Graduate Material Scientist

  • Sector: engineering, graduate opportunities
  • Location: Portsmouth
  • Salary: 27,000
Graduate Material Scientist

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Reference Code 10422010 D EN EXT 1

– Site: Airbus Defence and Space Portsmouth

– Target Group:  Graduate – UK

– Work Contract Type / Working Time:  Graduate programme / Full time

– Work Experience:  Not specified

– Functional Area:  ENGINEERING / Materials & processes

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 130,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. 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.

Description of the job

Start date: September 2019

Location: Portsmouth

Number of roles: 2 in PTH

Application closing date: 4th November 2018

Our UK Graduate Programmes provide exceptional graduates the opportunity to master managerial and technical skills. They combine rotational placements with focused training and the possibility of European assignments. The programmes, while structured, are not rigid. They offer you the opportunity to tailor your first two/three years with Airbus Group, to ensure you are ready and experienced enough to take the next step of your career following the programme’s conclusion.

From day one, you will be assigned to a particular department and will be guided through the various placement opportunities that exist within your function, the wider business and even with customers and suppliers. Additionally, there are a number of valuable training opportunities that cover a variety of subjects as well as encouraging you to get involved in education and community projects to broaden your experience and skills along the way.

The role of Graduate Materials Engineer is based in the Materials and Processes department, a small group of Material Specialist Engineers providing technical solutions to materials related problems related to the manufacture of flight hardware.

This entails the definition of the qualification of materials for various mission specific requirements. Another important facet of the material engineer’s remit is to identify new materials and processes for improved performance for future applications.

The Materials Engineers knowledge of the properties and applications of a wide range of metallic and non-metallic materials space environments (radiation, thermal, vacuum) is routinely sought by both Design and Manufacturing teams. Working within a team or individually, Materials Engineers interface with people at all levels – Shop Floor, Project Teams, through to management and Customers.

We are looking to recruit the following positions:

– Graduate Materials Engineer (Portsmouth) x2

To provide materials, mechanical parts and processes engineering support to business unit projects as required. To contribute to the Materials and Processes team mission of assuring the quality of materials and processes used in Astrium products. This is an early careers position reporting to the UK Space System Materials Engineering Manager.


¤ Supporting activities in research and development, including writing qualification plans, test plans and reports, along with Identifying and justifying replacement materials due to obsolescence.

¤ Producing and maintaining Parts, Materials and Process (PMP) documentation and chairing Materials, Processes and Control Boards (MPCBs).

¤ Spending time in the materials laboratory to gain an understanding of the test and techniques processes for optics, chemistry and mechanical testing.

This role will involve some travel to European Airbus D&S sites and international suppliers. As such you must be able to travel accordingly.

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company’s success, reputation and sustainable growth.


Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

– At minimum, a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or related subject.

– Knowledge of adhesives, metallic, non-metallic, composites and adhesive bonding.

– Ability to analyse and interpret data to draw conclusions and make recommendations.

– Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

– Good problem solving skills, including risk analysis.

– Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.

– Good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

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.

This role will receive the full Airbus Defence & Space Graduate programme benefit package including an annual Salary of £27,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000.


Please let us know if you need us to make any adjustments. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; additional time for written exercises; auxiliary aids; room layout; dietary requirements etc. Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

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