- Embedded Software Engineer
Are you a driven and ambitious Embedded Software Engineer with experience developing software for safety critical systems? Are you looking for a new opportunity that will truly challenge you? Are you looking for your next move post-lockdown? KDC is working with a futuristic aerospace company in Germany that has assembled a team of world class engineers who are currently working on developing a fully autonomous eVTOL aircraft. They have successfully completed several test flights and have developed state of the art R&D facilities. Our client is currently looking for someone with expertise in developing embedded software for Aerospace. Job Description: As Embedded Software Engineer you will develop software that runs on a state of the art eVTOL. You will design and implement safe software that will change the way everyone travels. • You will be a software engineer experienced in the development of real-time embedded software applications and are also familiar with developing distributed embedded solutions. • Within a multi-disciplinary team, you develop the embedded software for the onboard systems, including flight control sub-systems, networking protocols, health monitoring and cockpit systems. Qualifications • Experience developing software for Aerospace • University Degree • Minimum 3 years of experience in the development of real-time embedded software • Excellent software development skills in the C language • Experience with RTOS, software configuration management tools, continuous integration, test coverage • Experience with digital communication bus standards (e.g. SPI, I²C, UART, etc.) • Understanding of standards like DO-178 • Experience in distributed systems development is preferred Our client offers a career where you'll have the opportunity to relocate to Germany and work with the most advanced technologies available within electric aviation, as well as the opportunity to shape the organizational setup right from the start. This role comes with a full relocation package, as well as a competitive salary and benefits.Read more
- Space Communication
Are you an Electronics Design Engineer within Space Communications and looking for a new role? Are you a passionate Engineer that has some technical leadership experience within the space environment, responsible for conducting trade off analysis to inform payload design and optimisation. Specific job responsibilities include but not limited to: • Responsible for the design, development of a high data rate free optical communication detector and data management system for an airborne payload. • Design, assembly of electrical and data subsystems for a nanosatellite laser communication terminal. • Verify designs through simulation and laboratory to ensure they meet requirements, working with AIT lead. • Design and manufacturing of test equipment, working closely with AIT lead. Analysis of test data and testing equipment, subsystems as required. • Planning, completing and documenting validation and qualification testing of new designs. • Managing external subcontractors where appropriate Required skills/experience: • Experience developing high speed electronics architecture for communication applications, ideally in a space environment. • Practical experience with digital signal processing methods, hardware, design. • Experience designing, testing PCBs. Electronic circuits design, review and component procurement, ideally for a space environment. • FPGA design, programming and integration experience for aerospace application. • Experience developing electrical subsystems for space environment • Proficient English, positive attitude, self-driven and interested in working in a start-up environment. • Independent, quick learner, can structure and show initiatives to thoroughly evaluate and solve problems from different angles, proactively push progress forward Desirable additional skills/experience: • Soldering to Space industry standards (Certification would be a plus). • Experience designing, implementing free space optical communication systems and relevant electronics, particularly intensity modulation methods (OOK, PPM, PAM), detection, noise reduction, signal processing, interleaving, forwards error correction. • Systems engineering experience, exposure. What they can offer in return: • They work around delivery-focused, agile sprints, with a sustainable work-life balance. • You will be making impact early and regularly - build your skills, while drive the technology forward and change the world. • Bonus and equity for excellent impact • Options for flexible working hours, (some) working from home • Travel and training bursaries, as needed • Gym discounts, cinema half price forever, free phone insurance, shopping and supermarket discounts plus many many more! • The buzzing Harwell Space Campus (the UK future answer to Silicon Valley) with regular events on site (networking, workshops) Please get in contact!Read more
- Space Control Engineer
Are you an Space Control Engineer and looking for a new role? Are you a passionate Engineer that would like to be responsible for design, simulation, purchase and implementation of high reliability pointing acquisition and tracking system for a laser communication system. Specific job responsibilities include but not limited to: • Development of full control system architecture simulation to investigate trade-offs and inform subsystem requirements. • Characterise motion and disturbances of payload platform. This will include planning, execution, documentation of tests. • Aiding in definition, implementation and conduction of test and verification plans for pointing of communication subsystem as well as control of airborne platform. • Comparison and selection of components, sensors and actuators including supplier management as required. • Participate in technical reviews Required skills/experience: • Experience implementing complex control systems in an aerospace or communications context. • Relevant practical experience using applicable sensors and hardware (e.g. attitude sensors, Inertial sensors and GNSS), algorithms, actuation systems. • Space industry experience, and/or experience with high reliability PAT systems. • Extensive programming experience in MATLAB/SIMULINK, C/C++. Python desirable. • Strong mathematical ability including pure mathematics, linear algebra, statistics and numerical methods. • Educated to BSc level (or equivalent) in Control Engineering or related subject. • Proficient English, positive attitude, self-driven and interested in working in a start-up environment • Independent, quick learner, can structure and show initiatives to thoroughly evaluate and solve problems from different angles, proactively push progress forward Desirable additional skills/experience: • Experience implementing RTOS. • Experience using Windows and Linux. • Experience working on Cubesat projects, UAV, HAPS projects. What they can offer in return: • They work around delivery-focused, agile sprints, with a sustainable work-life balance. • You will be making impact early and regularly - build your skills, while drive the technology forward and change the world. • Bonus and equity for excellent impact • Options for flexible working hours, (some) working from home • Travel and training bursaries, as needed • Gym discounts, cinema half price forever, free phone insurance, shopping and supermarket discounts plus many many more! • The buzzing Harwell Space Campus (the UK future answer to Silicon Valley) with regular events on site (networking, workshops) Please get in contact!Read more
- Senior Systems Engineer
Are you a Systems Engineer with experience of working within the Space Sector? KDC are currently working with a Global Space Company based in the Luton area who are currently seeking a skilled Systems Engineer to join their team. This company specialise in satellite communications, earth observation data and navigation applicants. This position will give you the opportunity to take full ownership in the design of complex ground segment systems and provide technical management through multiple projects. You will have the opportunity to develop your skill set further in the following areas: • Understanding complex ground segment systems • Designing ground segment systems • Writing technical specifications for engineers • Writing technical proposals • Test planning for ground segment systems • Technical management of projects You will have previous experience in the following areas: • Systems engineering • Technical authoring • Knowledge of space craft systems • Knowledge of ground segment systems • Good knowledge of payload data processing Keywords: systems, systems engineer, design, ground segment, space craft, satellite, space, navigation systemsRead more
- Avionic Systems Engineer
KDC are currently looking for experienced Avionics Systems & Development Engineers to be based onsite with a client in the Bristol area. You will be contributing to the successful development and entry into service of a new aircraft and assuring that type certification is compliant to all applicable avionics environmental requirements. You will be involved in planning the qualification activities relating to new avionics and new development. Functions • Analyse Qualification Test Documentation and provide expertise to the Avionics Systems Designer relating to RTCA/DO-160 Environmental Qualification. Evaluating the Supplier's QT Data against DO-160 and requirements. • Participate in Avionic Test Plan Analysis. • Coordinate with Avionics Design Team, Electromagnetic Effects group and Suppliers to resolve any open items/comments/deviation or missing information in the qualification supplier's evidences (QTP, QTR, QSAR, TSO, etc.) • Closure of the TSOA/ QTRs/ QSARs findings and deviations; • Identify the additional test required for qualification and prepare the appropriate documentation (RFQ, QTplan, QTP, QTR) assuring compliance of test plans and artefacts with the company standards. Job Requirements: Minimum 5+ years of broad avionics engineering experience. Including 5 years' experience specific to company test and certification test (Rig, Ground, Flight). Must be familiar with: • Experience in DO-160 Qualification activities • Experience in certification activities pertinent to Part 25 aircrafts with FAA/EASA/JCAB • Experience with TSO, QSAR and Test Procedures/Reports • Experience with test equipment and/or systems Keywords: Avionics, environmental test, environmental qualification, QTP, QTR, FAA/ EASA/ JCAB/ CAA, Test procedures, certificationRead more
- Composite Design Engineer
KDC Resource are working with a market leader in Aerospace composite manufacturing who are seeking an experienced Design Engineer to join their team in Somerset on a permanent basis. This position will offer you the opportunity to develop your skills in composite design, working with exciting technologies and materials to design and build advanced structural components and assemblies. You will be responsible for undertaking design tasks and projects using computer aided design and, where required, PLM data management tools, incorporating solutions that satisfy design to cost and design for manufacture best practice. Key tasks will include to: • Develop production ready designs that meet the customer requirement specification. • Ensure all design and project activity is carried out to Company procedures or overriding customer requirements. • When directed to be the project owner you will be responsible for design file management, project resource management, project schedule adherence and project budget management. • Provide timely engineering responses to Technical Queries. • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders and ensure that the Engineering process is adhered to. • Prepare technical proposals and quotations under the direction of the Engineering Manager. • Support design data related import and export requests for the Data Control department to both suppliers and customers. Required skills and experience: • Relevant Engineering further education or equivalent experience and further professional training. • Proven design engineering experience using a relevant design tool. • Good understanding of 3D CAD software (preferably CATIA V5). • Working knowledge of typical design office procedures. • Understanding of composite materials and the ability to generate design solutions to meet technical specifications. • The technical capability to provide design led input to engineering review meetings. • A good level of computer literacy in MS Office software.Read more
- Production Planner
Our global client based in the Stevenage area is looking for an experienced Production Scheduler to join their team on a 12 month contract. This role will be working within the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) group, the Production Scheduler will support the team with the collation and processing of data for schedule updates. The candidate will assist with creating production schedules for every project undertaken in AIT facilities. The day to day duties of the role will involve: • Input into and maintain production schedules, with assistance of the Production Control Manager. • Maintain the live2 status of products in the AIT production flows with assistance of area team leaders. • Carry out schedule analysis to maximise future workload with external divisions and the AIT Business Manager. • Issue documentation in accordance with the weekly reporting cycle. Ideal candidates should have the following skills and experience: • Experience of using Primavera P6 scheduling tool • Able to work in high pressure environments • 5+ years' experience in Manufacturing scheduling • Experience of operating an MRPI, MRPII, ERP or ideally SAP within a manufacturing environment • Strong interpersonal skills, confident to communicate and able to assert influence in a multifunctional environment Please note *candidates must have the right to work in the EU.*Read more
- Senior Avionics Software Engineer
Senior Avionics Software Engineer Are you a Software Engineer who has developed airborne software applications? Are you looking for an opportunity to work in a company at the forefront of emerging and disruptive technology? KDC are currently working with a futuristic and rapidly growing Aerospace company based in Germany, who are developing the world's first autonomous all-electric vertical take-off and landing air taxi which is going to change travel as we know it. We are currently looking for a Senior Avionics Software Engineer to be embedded inside a multi-disciplinary team, you will take charge in developing the state-of-the-art flight control software, and contribute to the team your experience in engineering airborne software systems. As this company are truly working at the forefront of emerging and disruptive aerospace technology, we need people who are not scared to think outside the box and push the boundaries of engineering. You will be given the opportunity to work in a truly flat organisational structure, alongside As a minimum, you will need to have a Masters degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering (or similar) and at least 3-5 years of experience in the development of avionics software or other airborne software. You will also need to have excellent skills in software development in C as well as experience working to DO-178. To give you an idea of your everyday responsibilities please see some examples below: • Development of the software for the avionics and flight control systems • Close cooperation with the avionics hardware engineers and with external development partners • Development according to DO-178C • Performing software test and verification As well as working in this exciting and innovative business; this opportunity is also offering a competitive expatriate salary with an inclusive benefits package. Are you ready to change the future of aviation? If so, get in touch with Nathan Sweeney at KDC Resource through the methods shown.Read more
- Mechanical Design Engineer
Are you a Mechanical Design Engineer and looking for a new role? Are you a passionate Engineer that would like to be responsible for trade-off analysis of payload mechanical and electromechanical design for communication payloads and working closely with systems engineering. Specific job responsibilities include but not limited to: • Preliminary and detailed design of payload enclosures, telescope mechanical assemblies, high precision actuation mechanisms for space and airborne environments. • Design and manufacturing of test equipment, working closely with AIT personnel. • Clear and concise technical presentation of work to the team and mentoring/teaching of junior staff. • Planning, completing and documenting validation and qualification testing of new designs. • Participating in Design Reviews throughout each phase of payload development. • Design and create technical 3D CAD models and 2D manufacturing drawings. • Managing and meeting cost and weight targets Required skills/experience: • Extensive experience using professional CAD software (Solidwoks, AutoCAD, other). Solidworks preferred. • Experience developing a thermal optomechanical systems. • Experience developing mechanical, optomechanical systems for space environments. • Experience with active and passive TCS hardware. • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in Aerospace Engineering or related discipline. Desirable additional skills/experience: • Experience performing include Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics analysis of designs. • Experience with Matlab and software. Other programming languages are desirable. • Knowledge of icing problems in an aerospace context. • Proven track record of problem solving for thermal systems in an aerospace context. • Experience using simulation tools one of (ANSYS, CFD, Inventor) to simulate complex thermal and mechanical problems. ANSYS preferred. • Experience working on Cubesat projects, UAV, HAPS projects. What they can offer in return: • They work around delivery-focused, agile sprints, with a sustainable work-life balance. • You will be making impact early and regularly - build your skills, while drive the technology forward and change the world. • Bonus and equity for excellent impact • Options for flexible working hours, (some) working from home • Travel and training bursaries, as needed • Gym discounts, cinema half price forever, free phone insurance, shopping and supermarket discounts plus many many more! • The buzzing Harwell Space Campus (the UK future answer to Silicon Valley) with regular events on site (networking, workshops) Please get in contact!Read more
- Lead Optical Design Engineer
Are you a Lead Optical Design Engineer and looking for a new role? Are you a passionate Engineer that would like to be responsible for end-to-end design of optical subsystems as well as simulation development of optical systems from concept all the way through to manufacture. Specific job responsibilities include but not limited to: • Integration and demonstration for a laser communication terminal. • Ownership of design documentation for optical subsystems. • Aiding in requirements and architecture definition including trade analysis. • Working with AIT engineer to define and implement assembly and integration procedures for optical subsystems • Working with AIT engineer to define and implement test procedures for optical subsystems. Required skills/experience: • Experience designing and developing optical systems within the space industry, using Zemax with system optimisation (Sequential, non-sequential desirable). • Experience with optical calibration and alignment, and procedure definition. Opto-mechanical design and analysis for mass constrained systems. Integration of optical systems into products, payloads. Validation and verification of optical systems including testing. • Understanding of key performance characteristics of laser, receiver for optical communication. Experience with requirements definition and trade-off analysis for optical systems. • Familiarity/awareness of laser safety, regulations and clean room maintenance. • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in applied optics or Physics (optics) and 3+ years related work experience. • Positive attitude and, self-driven and interested in working in a start-up environment. Independent, quick learner, can structure and show initiatives to thoroughly evaluate and solve problems from different angles. Desirable additional skills/experience: • Hands on lab experience working with IR lasers. • Experience designing for manufacture. • Strong focus on delivery. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. What they can offer in return: • They work around delivery-focused, agile sprints, with a sustainable work-life balance. • You will be making impact early and regularly - build your skills, while drive the technology forward and change the world. • Bonus and equity for excellent impact • Options for flexible working hours, (some) working from home • Travel and training bursaries, as needed • Gym discounts, cinema half price forever, free phone insurance, shopping and supermarket discounts plus many many more! • The buzzing Harwell Space Campus (the UK future answer to Silicon Valley) with regular events on site (networking, workshops) Please get in contact!Read more
- Software AI Engineer
Are you a Software AI Engineer looking to join the Space cluster? How would you like to work for a company that have just signed the contract to work on the maintenance, development and upgrading of Galileo's Ground Control Segment. KDC are currently working with a Space company who are actively seeking a talented Software Engineer who is looking for a motivated candidate to analyse and develop capabilities of Artificial Intelligence for their use with Space Based data and Big data. Candidates shall be familiar with the latest techniques and tools in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning and shall be able to program in the common languages used in the domain. The candidate shall be familiar with the software development cycle. The ideal candidate will be able to use one or more of the following: • Machine Learning • Python • TensorFlow Library • OpenCV Library Desirable skills • C++ • Data processing • Big data • Space Data and Space Based applications Please get in contact through the methods shown!Read more
- Avionics Engineer
KDC are working with a rapidly growing Aviation company who are looking for a dedicated Avionics Engineer to be based in Friedrichshafen, Germany. This is a permanent position offering advanced training for electronics and avionics technicians with scope for career progression and development. Key tasks and responsibilities: • Independent conduction of cabling, installations and configurations of avionics equipment within the scope of modifications of aircraft • Proofing and documentation of delivered works Required qualifications and experience: • Certified according to EASA CAT B1 and B2 and/or FAA is a plus • At least 3 years of experience ideally in the general aviation industry or extensive professional experience as an electronics technician, communications engineer or mechatronics technician in other sectors • Extremely high motivation for quality • Interest in working independently in a dynamic team • Good command of written and spoken German and EnglishRead more
Aerospace and Defence
KDC Resource has been operating in the aerospace and defence sector since 2002. We work with the world’s leading defence and civil aerospace companies to source and place high quality permanent and contract talent. We understand organisations like these need the finest engineering talent in order to help them develop some of the most sophisticated technologies in the world. We are currently engaged in finding leading technical talent for projects – among others – that are linked to the national defence of the United Kingdom. Our specialist team have successfully supported our clients find leading talent for roles across: Part 21 J, Certification, Cabin Interiors, Design, Avionics Design, Structures, Electrical Design, Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE), Head of Design, Airworthiness and EASA. KDC Resource is actively working on similar roles requiring industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels. Scroll down to learn more. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
The private Space sector is relatively young. The decommissioning of the Space Shuttle Programme was an opportunity for private businesses to support NASA with its operations both in orbit and beyond. Elsewhere in the world organisations are pioneering new satellite technologies, unmanned probes and innovative new ways to combat space junk. KDC Resource are proud to be working with a number of these organisations providing highly skilled technical talent into Flight Dynamics, AOCS, Earth Observation, GNSS, Mission Operations, Ground Segment and Payload. Our specialist recruitment consultants are actively searching for industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels including Systems Engineers, Payload Engineers, AOCS Engineers, Product Assurance Engineers, RF Engineers and Control Engineers. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
The world is always changing and that brings new opportunities and new innovations. At KDC Resource, our emerging and disruptive technologies team works with organisations that upset the status quo. Whether that’s how we travel or how we use technology to revolutionise mundane tasks. We have recruited for roles across the eVTOL, Urban Mobility, Electric Vehicle, Drone, Energy, Battery Technology, Autonomous Systems and Composite Structure markets. Including roles such as Battery Systems Engineers, Flight Control Law Engineers, AI Software Developers, Prototype Engineers, Autonomous System Engineers, and Safety and Reliability Engineers. Our specialist recruitment consultants are actively searching for industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Cyberattacks are becoming increasingly common and businesses of all sizes are struggling to muster a meaningful defence. There are genuine concerns that critical infrastructure could be targeted by hackers or by enemy states in event of a conflict. Which is why finding the best cyber security and technology specialists takes experts. We are proud to work with some of the market leaders in this vital industry to find top tier candidates to fulfil cybersecurity roles at every level. Roles we recruit for include: Penetration Testers, Ethical Hackers, Security Analysts, Cyber Security Architects, Software Engineers, Technical Project Managers, AI Engineers, Sales Managers and Cyber Account Executives. Our specialist recruitment consultants are actively searching for industry leading professionals to fulfil roles at all levels. Or if you’d like to partner with KDC to support your talent search then click here to learn more.View jobs
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Is Black Nano Gold the answer to Climate Change?
Environmentalists and scientists have been urging countries around the world to reverse the extreme levels of denaturalisation and deforestation occurring in developed and developing nations alike. It has been proven that aggressive reforestation programmes will be one of the most effective methods of reducing CO2 emission and combatting climate change. China is taking reforestation so seriously that in 2018 they drafted in 60,000 soldiers to plant 32,400 square miles of trees around the Beijing area in order to combat the choking levels of pollution. It is China’s intention to increase forest coverage from 21% of total land mass to 23% by 2020. With China’s landmass sitting at over 3.7 million square miles, a 2% increase would grow coverage from 778,138 square miles to 852,247 square miles. Which is roughly three times the size of Texas. The problem is growing trees takes time and parts of China are so heavily polluted that solar farms are no longer working. However, a team at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai believe they may have found a solution that works just as well in a fraction of the time. Black Nano Gold According to the team at TIFR, the Black Gold is created by altering the gold nanoparticles and changing the distance between them. This transformation builds on yellow gold’s heat absorbing properties to also absorb water and CO2 as well, effectively turning them into artificial trees. However, whereas a real tree turns water and CO2 into food, the Black Nano Gold turns water and CO2 into a clean burning fuel. At least that’s the claim. It also has the added benefit of desalinating sea water as a possible method to combat drought. It’s worth noting that – at this point – the process only produces a very small amount of fuel, but the technology is still in its early stages. TIFR are confident that they can improve the conversion rate in the coming years. As businesses across the world can expect to be taxed on their emissions, it also represents an opportunity. Black Gold could be used to either eliminate or offset their carbon footprint. Black Gold lattices could be placed in exhaust stacks or businesses could pay for the growing of Black Gold ‘forests’ in order to absorb the equivalent emissions they produce. While the carbon capture element is highly appealing, and much needed, it’s questionable if we want to replace one type of combustible fuel for another. Especially as it’s not clear what the by-products of burning that fuel in vast quantities would be. Carbon Capture Alternatives Black Gold is an interesting proposition. It serves as carbon capture and fuel. It’s not clear how much Black Gold would be needed to absorb a meaningful amount of CO2 – compared to a mature tree, for example. There are also the questions of how long it would take to produce and how much it will cost. If the cost is low and requires little in the way of maintenance, then it could be a strong contender in the emerging carbon capture market. However, considering it requires manipulating gold the chances aren’t great. Moreover, other carbon capture solutions are already in place and receiving state funding in order to expand their operations. The UK alone has put £26 million into carbon capture technologies in order to meet its emissions targets. Companies like Swiss-based Climeworks have developed technology that extracts CO2 from the air. The CO2 captured can then be reused in farming or even to carbonate fizzy drinks. The big challenge for Climeworks is that carbon capture is expensive. Between $94 and $230 per metric tonne. The cost to capture the 37 billion metric tonnes of CO2 produced by burning fossil fuels each year, would be at least $3.47 trillion. As the technology becomes more common and efficient the cost per tonne should reduce. Although even if the cost per metric tonne plummeted, the bill would still likely sit at in excess of a trillion dollars a year. An alternative is seawater capture. This is theoretically cheaper, but the infrastructure will likely cost more. There’s also fewer places it can be safely used. But the carbon capture element is just part of Black Gold’s offering. Fuel Replacement A viable, sustainable and cost-effective replacement to fossil fuels is fast becoming one of the most pressing matters of the 21st Century. Our ability to successfully migrate away from fossil fuels in the next 30 years will likely dictate the course of the hundred years that follow. So, replacing one fuel for another will undoubtedly raise concerns. Especially as eventually the carbon levels will reach normal levels. At which point we’ll be using more carbon than we have spare. The Dearman nitrogen engine is an interesting alternative as nitrogen is abundant in the atmosphere and in outer space. Also, a by-product of burning nitrogen is a small amount of nitrogen, making them highly efficient. Currently, however, electric vehicles – including eVTOL aircraft – seem to be the most likely alternative to the combustion engine. Considering Hyperdrive – the UK’s leading producer of Lithium-Ion batteries – has just opened a new 21,000 square feet facility, they are betting big that electric is the future. The new location will allow Hyperdrive to develop new products and new technologies. The improved capacity will also allow the production of around 30,000 battery packs a year. The timing couldn’t be better for Hyperdrive as Jaguar Land Rover has recently announced its intention to heavily invest in electric vehicle production. Considering the EASA’s new framework for eVTOL aircraft and it’s safe to assume that demand for high capacity power cells is about to increase significantly. But they’re going to have some competition. Swiss-based Innolith have developed a power cell based on inorganic electrolytes. Because the cells are inorganic, they’re non-combustible which makes them far safer to use. They’re also claiming that the cells hold a greater charge that will last longer and more environmentally friendly to manufacture. It’s too early to tell whether the battery market can sustain two distinctive offerings. Lithium Ion has the benefit of mass adoption. But assuming the alternative is universally compatible and comparable with Lithium Ion in performance and cost, then it’s anyone’s race. It almost seems irrelevant which solution proves the most successful in terms of reducing CO2 emissions and replacing fossil fuels, providing it happens. However, with so many organisations striving hard to devise those solutions, we may just be in with a chance of succeeding. KDC Resource is a dedicated technical and engineering recruiter into the emerging and disruptive technology space. If you are looking for an exciting role with organisations like these upload your CV today. Or, if you’re searching for skilled professionals to join your team, get in touch, and a member of the team will be happy to discuss your requirements in more detail.
How Hiring has Changed
A few years ago, finding great people to join an organisation relied on a few simple tactics. Post ads in the local or national newspapers, as well as any industry magazines. Then call through the list of candidates that you’ve already spoken to a dozen times before. Occasionally it would yield results but more often than not you’d either have to put up with a subpar candidate – because no one else applied – or coaxing someone away from a role they were happy in for more money. Then the internet happened. Websites and job boards sprang up and suddenly recruitment became a little more inbound. Candidates were coming to recruiters and hiring managers and that allowed databases to be established and to consistently grow. This opened businesses to a much wider talent pool which meant better quality hires. But it wasn’t without its problems. CVs were (and are) static documents which meant they quickly fell out of date and recruiters had no way of knowing who was still on the market or who had found a new position. Or who had sold up and gone to live in a cabin in the woods. But the internet was just the beginning. The Internet of Things The proliferation of the internet resulted in tools and platforms for candidates and recruiters alike to use in order to advertise and apply for roles faster and more effectively than ever before. Websites like Jobsite allows candidates to set up profile that showcases their experience and personality and allows recruiters to find them and make swift contact. LinkedIn upped the ante by giving users a global network of businesses and professionals that they otherwise wouldn’t know existed. The job market effectively became international with opportunities coming from all over the world. It also allowed recruiters and hiring managers to find candidates who were both actively looking for a new role and who’s work experience was up to date. And often appended with additional qualifications, certifications, recommendations and endorsements. It serves as a living record and – to an extent. A verification method that the individual can do what they say they can. The downside is it’s very easy for LinkedIn users to ignore recruiters. As is their right, but it’s a little frustrating when there’s a great role they could be perfect for on offer. The other downside is that it’s staggeringly easy to get friends to endorse you for all your claimed abilities. Equally modern job boards serve as gateways to an almost unlimited supply of candidates. Providing you know how to leverage the host of features; businesses can be put in touch with their perfect candidate in a matter of days and complete the process in weeks. Instead of months of painful and often fruitless advertising. Technology Mobile technology transformed the recruitment business. Emails on phones, job board apps and LinkedIn mean that recruiters went can get a response in a couple of hours. Instead of waiting a day or more in the past. Candidates can respond to or apply for opportunities faster than ever before. And thanks to the advent of cloud storage, they now often have their CV within easy reach too, meaning recruiters can progress applications the same day. The downside for the recruiter is the candidate expects the same kind of response. Which is difficult because they are often the middle link in the chain, trying to get two separate parties to align. Even internal recruiters struggle with this issue. On average, 82% of candidates expect to hear back about a role they have applied for but only 29% ever do. But as the internet has became more ubiquitous, the technology underpinning it has improved, providing even more tools to make the hiring process less complicated. Faster connection speeds and more powerful computers means that it’s also much easier to arrange interviews – or at least first stage interviews – over video calls. Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts all allow businesses and candidates to have a conversation, wherever they are in the world. There are obvious huge cost savings if the candidate lives in another country - or even the other end of the country. Plus, there’s inevitably an awkward conversation to be had if someone you flew out for a first interview doesn’t make the cut. Video calls avoid all those problems. Of course, there are drawbacks. Poor internet connection can render the technology useless. And there really is no substitute for meeting the person in real life. As a first interview tool, video calls are effective, providing you keep it focused to can they – at a basic level – do the job and are they pleasant to talk to. If the answer to both those questions is yes, then that’s when you get them on a plane. Culture For all the technological leaps that make it easier and faster to find candidates and move them through the process, the biggest shift has been the emphasis on culture. Turning up and doing the job day after day holds very little interest for the modern workforce. Jobs aren’t for life anymore. Especially if the individual doesn’t feel valued or like they’re making any meaningful contribution. Employers are starting to think along the same lines too. They don’t want clock watchers or people who see their organisation as a steppingstone. They want people who are motivated, passionate and committed to the cause. To make the difference they so desperately want to make. We’ve seen incredible candidates on paper get turned down by some of our most prestigious and exciting clients because they weren’t a good cultural fit. It’s a hard thing to tell a candidate. That they didn’t get their dream job because – basically – the hiring manager didn't like them very much. Obviously, we’re more diplomatic than that when providing feedback but that’s what it boils down to. Recognising that the culture of a company is what holds the company together – not an alpha leader type or huge profits while driving down the cost to operate – is a seismic change. As recruiters we now must consider the type of person we’re speaking to on the phone, not just whether they can do the job. The reality is the industry is changing all the time. As the new generation of recruiters and candidates come of age, the methods used to communicate will change too. Some of the most successful recruiters in the industry never pick up their phones. Simply because they don’t need to. They have worked out where their candidates hang out and how they like to be communicated with. As a result, they do all their recruitment through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and forums. It’s unconventional but it works. It’s unlikely that some of more accepted approaches – like a good old-fashioned phone call or email – will ever truly disappear. It will just evolve. But as company culture changes – and employees feel greater freedom to take a phone call from a recruiter, rather than guilty, it will get easier to reach out to them about opportunities, not harder. KDC Resource are expert technical recruiters in to the Aerospace & Defence, Space, Emerging Technologies and Cyber Security sectors. If you’re looking for a new role upload your CV today. Alternatively, if you have requirements you need supporting in filling, contact us and a member of the team will be in touch.
Ransomware are attacks on the Rise – what can be done?
A casual Google search for ransomware attacks will throw up a deluge of news stories, all of them from over the last few weeks (at time of writing). At the start of June 2019, the UK based Eurofins Scientific were forced to pay out after a ransomware attack crippled the business. It was so serious the Police suspended working with them until their systems had been brought under control and secured. Eurofins have declined to specify the amount they paid but presumably it was worth it compared to the potential loss of revenue caused by the various Police forces suspending their contracts. At the end of June, the Florida town of Lake City paid $500,000 to hackers after a ransomware attack disabled public services. Two weeks prior the town of Riviera Beach dolled out $600,000 in a similar attack. A court in the state of Georgia also fell foul of a similar attack, locking out access to online records. Servers were disconnected to quarantine the affected files. The court states that no personal information was affected. In Baltimore, Ohio and Indiana all had to suspend public services due to a ransomware attack. For Baltimore it was the second attack using the RobbinHood ransomware in a 3-month period. The first attack cost the Baltimore City $18.2 million in losses and more than a week to get things back up and running. And today news broke that the UK based first aid charity, St John’s Ambulance was the victim of a ransomware attack. Data relating to course bookings was locked out for the organisation and included names, contact details, payment information and even driving license details. Stand and Deliver This sharp rise in ransomware attacks is being facilitated by developers releasing SDKs faster than public services and private businesses can react to keep their networks safe. Coupled with the high proportion of breaches caused by human error and it makes the conditions favourable for hackers. And it’s costing the economy a fortune. Some affected businesses claim it’s costing tens of thousands a day in lost revenue. Even more for larger organisations. It has effectively become the modern form of highway robbery with businesses or individuals vulnerable to attack at any time of the day or night. Once a vulnerability is identified hackers don’t need to ask for large sums of money. Few businesses will cough up millions – or even hundreds of thousands – preferring to spend that money on someone to recover the data. However, a few thousand here or there? It’s cheaper than risking the loss of data or the loss of revenue. As a result, hackers are cleaning up and effectively declaring open hunting season on private and public organisations alike. Although there is an obvious trend of targeting organisations that: Are big enough to have enough employees that a reasonable IT infrastructure will exist. Can reasonably be assumed to have a sufficent funds to pay the ransom. Won’t necessarily have the most robust cyber security in place. Put all these things together and you’ve got an organisation ripe for the taking. But for some it’s not about the money. As the quote goes – ‘some [people] just want to watch the world burn’. In 2017 the Petya ransomware was released and decimated some of the world’s biggest companies. It was assumed that those behind it were out to make big money, like any other ransomware attack. Petya works like most other ransomware, but for one key difference. It doesn’t let you pay the ransom. According to Microsoft the malware hit 64 countries and according to security researchers the people behind the attacks wouldn’t have been able to unlock the encrypted files even if their victims could pay the ransom. The indiscriminate nature of Petya (and spin offs like Bad Rabbit) is unusual but not unheard of. Ransomware puts businesses and government bodies at major risk, facing either losing data – and their ability to operate – or a fortune in heard earned revenue. Either way it spells disaster for organisations with vulnerable networks. Marshalling Defences According to The Register, the most common causes of data breaches effecting Fortune 500 companies are system glitches, malicious attack or human errors. Although that last one is often following a malicious attack. And as soon as one attack is successful further attacks follow, making it harder and harder for an organisation to maintain its security with any kind of efficacy. The more data that gets encrypted and rendered useless, or sold on the dark web, the more the business will suffer and slip further towards collapse. Traditional counter measures are built around the old cyber kill chain of reconnaissance, exploitation and exfiltration. However now attacks focus more on opportunity, exploration, arbitrary action. Hackers no longer need to get in and get out with their ill-gotten gains. They can sit there for days or weeks, waiting for the right time to strike. This means cyber security needs to be active, not passive. If an active agent is on your network, lurking, then traditional measures will likely ignore it. Threats will evolve as privacy laws change and will inevitable move towards artificial intelligences like Google’s search engines. Data integrity attacks – in which data is manipulated and altered – before it reaches its recipient will destroy reputations, wiping billions off a company’s value. The same effect as ransomware but without the company knowing they’re a victim until it’s too late. In reality, if a hacker really wants to break into your network then they will. Unless it becomes too expensive, verses the reward, then they’ll go elsewhere. But assuming a concerted attack on any given network is likely, businesses need to be doing all they can to deter an attack and minimise the damage in the event of its success. So – using the 3-2-1 rule for backs ups will help protect key systems and records. Training team members to be sufficiently aware of suspicious emails, URL or questionable looking attachments, all of which can be used to deliver ransomware. And limiting access to certain administrative tools so only authorised personnel can access key areas. The principle of least privilege may frustrate the more tech savvy employees, but a little grumbling is worth the extra protection it affords. Especially – as we’ve noted already – half of data breaches are down to human error. Network segmentation can also help to keep those business-critical drives and files safe from an attack. Although we’re confident that artificial intelligence will overtake convention network security software in the coming years, it’s important that organisations make sure they are doing all they can to protect themselves now. All the indications are that ransomware and other attacks will continue to grow, especially as more and more organisations are choosing to pay the money. Despite law enforcement’s attempts to convince people otherwise. Although when faced with a choice of a few thousand in ransom or the potential loss of your entire organisation’s data, it’s easy to see why those organisations mentioned above made the decisions they did. Which paves the way for much bolder, more devastating attacks in the future. KDC Resource are expert recruiters of technical and engineering talent into the Cyber Security sector. If you are looking for a new role click here to view our vacancies or upload your CV today. 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Air Efficiency Concepts
The Flying V – that we wrote about here – is a dramatic design intended to tackle the major issues facing the aerospace industry. The need for high capacity aircraft, with low operational costs, that consume less fuel and reduce emissions. This is especially challenging when you consider that – usually – when you make something bigger, in order to carry more people or cargo, it gets heavier. Which uses more fuel and increases emissions. So, essentially the airlines are asking the impossible. But when has the impossible ever stopped an engineer? Aerospace companies around the world are working hard to devise new aircraft that can meet those needs and fit within the existing infrastructure of airports. Here are some of our favourites: Aurora Flight Sciences D8 You’d be forgiven for thinking Aurora Flight’s D8 is some kind of seafaring creature, or more at home in a cult science fiction franchise set in a galaxy far far away. The ‘double bubble’ fuselage is quite alien compared to the more traditional craft. However, the wider fuselage allows a smaller, lower drag wing and tail. Developed in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the D8 has boundary-layer-ingestion (BLI) propulsion. This new technology could reduce fuel burn by 8.5% and works by positioning the engines closer to the fuselage to take in the slower moving boundary-layer of air that flows around the aircraft. Using slower air means the engine doesn’t have to work, allowing a lower fuel burn. The engines are embedded in the top of the aft fuselage where they ingest the boundary layer and reenergize the wake to reduce drag. But wake-filling propulsion requires distortion-tolerant fans to cope with the turbulent air entering the engines. The non-circular, dual lobe cabin, will provide a twin-aisle layout but the fuselage cross-section requires a unique composite structure which could make it expensive to produce. It’s also not clear if Aurora is still developing the craft as NASA’s funding for the project stopped at the end of 2018 and the D8 page has been removed from Aurora’s site. Whether or not the plane has been scrapped, the design is one worth pursuing. Onera Nova Onera clearly agrees as their own experimental aircraft – the Nova – is inspired by the D8’s distinctive design. With a more pronounced nose, it has the profile of a mink whale and has a similar wide lifting fuselage and BLI propulsion. Whereas the D8’s engines are mounted on the aft of the plane, the Nova’s are embedded inside the rear fuselage, with inlets on the sides rather than the top, where they ingest 40% of the fuselage boundary layer. The aircraft is being designed to carry 180 passengers over 3,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 – or 652 miles per hour. Almost 100 miles an hour faster than current designs, it also has a comparable range to the Boeing 737-800. With far lower fuel consumption. Unlike the D8 it has downward facing winglets for improved stability and a standard T-tail over the weight reducing pi tail. Airbus Nautilius The Nautilius concept is almost an evolution of the Nova and the D8. Airbus’ concept is significantly larger with the fuselage narrowing to two stings on which the nacelles are mounted. The intention being is to maximize ingestion of the fuselage boundary layer while minimizing azimuthal distortion of flow into the fans. Driven by gas turbines or electric motors installed upstream of these propulsors, the fans ingest 100% of the fuselage boundary layer with minimum distortion, maximizing the drag saving. Airbus have been experimenting with some fairly cutting-edge designs for years. In 2010 they raised eyebrows with a concept with peculiar shaped wings and engines that were fully integrated into the fuselage. They also patented a design of plane in which the passenger compartment was a separate entity to the plane itself. The idea being the passenger compartment could be lifted out and ‘docked’ with the terminal, allowing the plane to be moved to the next, ready for a fresh compartment to be lowered into place. The compartment could also be ejected in the event of critical system failure or hijacking. It’s unlikely that these features will make it into an aircraft any time soon, however. Wright Electric M-Star Representing the electric future of commercial flight, Wright Electric is developing a 180-seat electric airliner for short routes such as London-Paris. The distinctive M shaped wing assembly – upon which is mounted arrays of electric fans gives it a distinctive and ‘near-future’ look that will appeal to airlines and passengers alike. It also sports a V-tail with a third bank of electric fans situated between for additional thrust and boundary layer ingestion to reduce drag. Wright Electric is working exclusively with budget UK airline EasyJet currently but – if the aircraft is successful – it’s hard to see that exclusivity lasting long. Even if Wright Electric produce a variant for general sale. The current range of the M-Star sits around 310 miles making it ideal for use across Europe. EasyJet expect the M-Star to start flying their London to Amsterdam service. As their second busiest route this would make a huge difference in terms of reducing emissions. What isn’t clear is how long the M-Star would take to recharge and what adverse weather could do to the range. Onera Dragon The Dragon concept – according to Onera – is an answer to the standards imposed by Europe and to meet the challenges associated with fuel consumption and emissions. Under Europe’s Clean Sky 2 aeronautics research program, Onera has developed the Dragon concept which features distributed hybrid-electric propulsion. By using 20 electric ducted fans under each wing, the Dragon can carry 150 passengers at Mach 0.8. The positioning of the fans along the trailing edge avoids interference with airflow over the wing and increasing transonic drag. The fans are powered by two turbo-generators mounted on the rear fuselage, burning kerosene to generate the electricity needed to power the fans. Blowing the fan exhaust over small wing trailing-edge flaps provides high lift for take-off and landing. This hybrid design would reduce fuel consumption by 25% for an 870-mile flight. So – if this design could be scaled up – on long distance flights the fuel, emission and cost reductions would be significant. It’s reasonable to assume that not all these designs will make it into production. At least not in their current forms. But, whether it’s the Flying-V, the D8 or the Dragon – or all of them – the next few years could see some incredibly designed aircraft taking to the skies. 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