Research & Development - Graduate Scheme

We're recruiting for our Research & Development - Graduate Scheme to work as part of our Early Careers team at Whiteley. Please read the job description below and if it sounds like you, why not apply?

Department - Early Careers
Location - Whiteley
Post type - Early Career
Salary - £28,000
Closing date - 13 November 2022

Who are NATS?

NATS is the UK’s leading Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). Every year we handle 2.6 million flights and keep 250 million passengers safe whilst in UK airspace. We provide air traffic management (ATM) services to 13 airports in the UK as well as providing these services around the world spanning Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America.

We’re shaping the future of ATM through our focus on ‘advancing aviation and keeping the skies safe’ and believe that the size and diversity of our business makes us an exciting choice for undergraduates considering their future careers.

What will the Research & Development Graduate scheme involve?

This 2-year programme will be based at our Head Office in Whiteley (Hampshire) however we have adopted ‘agile working’ which will enable you, where possible, to have the opportunity and flexibility to work in our modern office facilities as well as at home.

You’ll be working as part of the Research and Development (R&D) team which helps develop and maintain an understanding of the dynamically evolving trends in the air traffic market, related technologies and provides focus for R&D activities to support delivery of our strategy. Great ideas can come from anywhere, so utilising horizon scanning the team look at technology trends in many different industries that may have future applications for NATS.

You’ll get exposure to both academia and research technology organisations with whom we collaborate with and you could help change what we do and how we do it in the future. There may be opportunities to be involved in research in artificial intelligence, sustainability, digital twins and future support for new airspace users. This will involve looking at new tools and concepts that will support our future operations. You will learn how to develop concepts from early maturity to delivery and learn how research happens in NATS.

For more information on our current R&D activities, please visit: https://www.nats.aero/about-us/research/

Why choose NATS?

You’ll be working at the heart of our organisation, alongside other graduates, undergraduate students and professionals. You’ll gain valuable insight into our business and make a tangible contribution to our success.

Your placement experience will be unique to you so you can build on knowledge you have gained at university. We are committed to your personal and professional development and will help you achieve your goals.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for driven, proactive and committed individuals who will embrace the challenging targets that we’ve set ourselves over the next few years. One thing is clear to us; we can only achieve these targets through our people. We’ll be leading the way technically, operationally, commercially and politically and you can help us shape the future.

You’ll need to have achieved a minimum of 2:2 in a relevant degree (ideally from a STEM discipline) and demonstrable interest in your field outside of studies.

You’ll also need to pass NATS pre-employment security clearance checks.

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive salary - £28,000 per annum
  • 28 days of holiday entitlement plus Bank Holidays
  • Market-leading defined contribution pension scheme
  • Opportunity to study for a fully-funded professional qualification (where applicable)

For more information on the benefits we offer, please visit: https://www.nats.aero/careers/early-careers/.

Diversity and Inclusion at NATS We celebrate the diversity of our colleagues. We thrive because we are all brilliantly different yet united in our passion to advance aviation and keep the skies safe. For more information on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.nats.aero/careers/why-nats/

If you share our passion to advance aviation and keep the skies safe – we would like to hear from you whatever your age, sex, race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, visible or invisible disability. Individuals that bring different perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds help us be at the forefront of our industry.

We want you to be able to perform at your best, so please email [email protected] if you’d like to discuss any reasonable adjustments.

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