11/10/2018 Airbus 2019-01-08T00:00:00+00:00 Bristol BS99 7AR

Optical Communications Internship

  • Sector: engineering, graduate opportunities
  • Location: Bristol
Optical Communications Internship

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Reference Code 10416554 EJ EN EXT 1

– Site: Airbus Filton

– Target Group:  Internship – UK

– Work Contract Type / Working Time:  Internship / Full time

– Work Experience:  Not specified

– Functional Area:  ENGINEERING / Others

– Education: Degree up to 3 Years / Engineering / Optics, Optronics

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: 1st July 2019

Duration:12 Months

The optical communications team within Airbus’ Central Research and Technology (CTO) delivers cutting edge research in Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC).

Over the years, the team has demonstrated ground-breaking technologies to establish high-speed communications links (1+ Gbps) with aircraft in flight using laser beams.

The team is currently recruiting for a 1 year fixed term, full-time intern to support existing activities in research and development. The successful candidate will be working on challenging optical communications research projects.

The work will include (but not be limited to) the calculation of link budgets, working on research prototypes and attending field trials with drone mounted optical communication systems.


You will work closely with team members across a variety of projects and topics as required and be expected to contribute to technical analysis, discussions, reports, and demonstrations.
Whilst a good understanding of optical communications is expected, it is understood that many of the topics within the scope of research at Airbus are innovative and therefore support from our experts will be provided.
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.
The selected intern will be given the opportunity to become the team’s pilot for a DJI Matrice 600 multi-copter UAV. Travel may sometimes be required to take part in lab tests and field experiments.
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.


You must be an undergraduate for the full duration of the placement studying towards a degree in Electronics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or Physics.

– Should be highly motivated and possess good technical writing and presentation skills

– Should have an understanding of Optical Communications and its principles

– Should have a good knowledge of Communication Theory

– Experience of Electronics / Software Engineering

– An ability to program in Verilog and C/C++ would be a plus


Please let us know if you need us to make any adjustments to allow you to access and participate fully in the recruitment process. 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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