Airbus Blue Sky Research Project Leader (f/m)

Publish Date
10 Aug 2018
Airbus Defence and Space
Munich GER
Reference Code
10421191 TB EN EXT 1
Interest Group
Professional staff - engineer
Functional Area
Chief Engineering & Architecture
Contract Type
Permanent contract
Working Time
Full time
Work Experience
Confirmed (3+ to 5 years of experience)

Airbus Blue Sky Research Project Leader (f/m)

Airbus Defence and Space Ottobrunn

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

The Airbus Chief Technology Office (CTO) is looking for 2 Research Project Leader (f/m) to join our Central Research & Technology – Airbus Blue Sky department in Ottobrunn, Germany.

Airbus Blue Sky is Airbus’ gateway to future technologies. The department defines the direction of fundamental research at the centre of the international organization. Airbus Blue Sky team members are ambassadors for academic-quality research in industry. Their goal is to dramatically impact both the scientific and aerospace worlds through research projects, white paper studies, workshops, and advocacy. They work on world-leading ideas without the constraints of product-oriented near-term development objectives.

We think critically and creatively. We dare to question. We are passionate about science and engineering in all forms. And we help shape the future of aerospace.

Tasks & accountabilities

Define the scientific foci of Airbus Blue Sky:

  • Monitor cutting edge research across a wide breadth of scientific disciplines and critically evaluate potential future benefits in the aerospace sector.
  • Contribute to the definition of the scientific foci or Airbus Blue Sky.

Lead scientific research activities:

  • Manage projects, workshops and white paper investigations with world-class researchers from academic and national laboratories.
  • Foster lasting connections between external researchers and Airbus community.

Ensure deadlines and budgets are met, and scientific results are achieved.

Be an Airbus Blue Sky ambassador:

  • Advocate for Airbus Blue Sky activities across the Airbus family and to external stakeholders, in particular: Academic researchers; National research labs; Promising startups and SMEs; Industrial partners.
  • Inspire and engage technical and non-technical communities, both inside and outside Airbus, in the work of Airbus Blue Sky.
  • Communicate Airbus Blue Sky achievements: At scientific conferences; Across digital platforms.

Contribute to the development of Airbus Blue Sky:

  • Actively participate in shaping and improving Airbus Blue Sky, including: Propose actions following feedback from Airbus members; Offer perspective on strengths/weaknesses of running Airbus Blue Sky activities; Implement changes put forward by Airbus Blue Sky leadership.
  • Provide administrative support for the running of Airbus Blue Sky.

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.

Required skills

  • Educated to a degree in physics, applied mathematics or similar.
  • Candidates with experience in any of the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: quantum physics, incl. q. computing, q. communication, q. sensing, q. optics – computational neuroscience & autonomous cyber-physical systems, incl. bio-inspired / bio-hardware-hybrid computer systems

Scientific profile:

  • Proven scientific track record: highly cited publications
  • Broad scientific background with experience across multiple scientific and/or engineering disciplines

Project management experience – basic qualifications:

  • Experienced in leading and managing complex experimental research activities,
  • Experience in the preparation of project proposals with multiple partners.

Project management experience

  • Experience in leading and managing multi-national research projects,
  • Management of annual budgets
  • Experience in organizing and managing workshops, conferences, colloquia or other scientific gatherings

Additional requirements:

  • Works well under pressure and deadline oriented.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Fluent in English. Professional-level knowledge in French is a strong plus.


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