Research & Development Graduate Scheme

What is 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 15 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 change and maintain our understanding of the dynamically evolving trends in both the air traffic market and related technologies, whilst also providing focus for R&D activities to support delivery of our strategy. Great ideas can come from anywhere, so by utilising horizon scanning the team look at technology trends in many different industries that may have future applications at NATS.

You’ll get exposure to both academia and research technology organisations with whom we collaborate, and you could help change what we do and how we do it in the future. There may be opportunities to get involved in research into 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:

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) within the last 2 years, or be on track to graduate in 2024, and have a demonstrable interest in your field outside of your studies. 

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

What’s in it for you?

Competitive salary – £30,000 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:

Please note that NATS reserves the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. If you are interested, please submit your application as soon as possible.

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:

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 if you’d like to discuss any reasonable adjustments.

Job Information

Job Reference: 4905BR_1704964488
Salary: Up to £30000 per annum
Salary From: £30000
Salary To: £30000
Job Industries: Graduates and Trainees
Job Locations: Fareham, Hampshire
Job Types: Contract
Job Skills: NATS, Research & Development
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