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Labview Developer - Grade 4B

Aircraft Research Association (ARA), the UK’s leading independent transonic wind tunnel, is looking to recruit a LabVIEW developer to join their Systems Engineering Team to design, create, and maintain LabVIEW applications and tools.  Working for ARA, you will be an integral part in the development of world leading capabilities that emerge from the challenges posed by our customers at the cutting edge of aerodynamic research.  ARA boasts a wide international customer base of aircraft manufacturers who require new and novel solutions to achieve highly accurate results from wind tunnel trials conducted at ARA.

The Systems Engineering Team is a multi-disciplined team of electrical, electronic, software, mechanical, and control engineers who deliver and maintain capabilities required to operate wind tunnel models and rigs, and the plant required to operate ARA’s facilities.  As part of this team you will enjoy a highly varied role involving work on various capabilities integrating many core functions such as:

  • Instrumentation.
  • Data acquisition.
  • Signal conditioning and processing techniques.
  • Control systems.
  • Monitoring systems.
  • Graphical user interfaces.
  • Human machine interfaces.

The role will provide opportunities to work alongside other highly skilled engineering teams who design and manufacture wind tunnel models, conduct the wind tunnel tests, and maintain other aspects of the facilities and capabilities.

What we are looking for from you?

  • An honours degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering, or a related degree such as Electronics Engineering with demonstrable industrial experience using LabVIEW.
  • At least 2 years of relevant industrial experience using LabVIEW.
  • To produce applications that interface to sensors and actuators for acquiring signals, storing and displaying data, controlling and monitoring plant, rigs or equipment.
  • To produce deterministic code for use in time critical applications.
  • To develop LabVIEW software for our standalone and distributed system consisting of Compact RIOs, PXI, and PCs.
  • To review and propose suitable NI hardware for your projects. 
  • Methodical troubleshooting and debugging skills, with a passion for problem solving and investigation.
  • A thorough understanding of the factors affecting software performance, and the ability to design, write and document code that is maintainable, extensible, reliable, and efficient.
  • Familiarity with and application of change management and approval, version control, testing processes, and coding standards.
  • Be equally comfortable working individually and collaborating as part of a team.
  • Contribute to and, in time, take ownership of the project lifecycle of your application:
    • Eliciting requirements.
    • Conducting feasibility studies and developing concepts.
    • Producing and implementing designs and participating in design reviews.
    • Producing test plans and user manuals.
    • Commissioning.
    • Providing user training and operational support.
    • Maintaining and upgrading new and existing applications. 
  • Good time management skills to ensure that deadlines are met or exceeded to maximise operational availability.

Desirable skills:

  • National Instruments LabVIEW Certification.
  • Strong analytical skills to assist with data analysis and problem identification.
  • Conduct Failure Modes and Effects Analysis on existing and new systems.
  • Ability to use serial, Ethernet, or industrial communication protocols.
  • Ability to interpret legacy programming languages.
  • An ability to read and interpret electrical and mechanical diagrams and specifications.
  • Familiarity with the configuration of Windows PCs and hardware.

 Our Benefits:

This is an exciting permanent opportunity for the right person to be part of a successful and established team, operating in a facility working 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday.  In return, we offer a range of benefits including: a competitive salary and pension scheme; flexible working options (normal hours are 0800hrs to 1621hrs); free parking; an employee assistance programme; private health insurance and 26 days’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays (increasing with length of service after 5 years’ service)

The successful candidate must satisfy security clearance requirements – including the last 5 years continual UK residency.

Aircraft Research Association Ltd is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We recognise the value in an inclusive and diverse workforce and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.