Senior Air Traffic Management (ATM) Researcher

NATS is the UK’s leading air navigation service provider, handling over 2 million flights each year. It provides air traffic control services from two control centres supporting airports all around the UK, as well as a wide range of commercial solutions to over 30 countries internationally. Our people are at the heart of our purpose to advance aviation and keep the skies safe

We are hiring a Senior Air Traffic Management (ATM) Researcher in the Research & Development (R&D) department at NATS, based at our centre in Whiteley, Hampshire.

NATS background in R&D

NATS R&D creates innovative ATM solutions to meet the UK’s aviation infrastructure needs, working towards a more sustainable future. We have a strong record of taking ideas from concept to implementation and are committed to developing novel solutions that deliver benefits to our stakeholders through collaboration with global partners across industry and academia

Projects range in maturity from early prototyping to human-in-the loop simulations. The research challenges that NATS R&D are focussing on include:

  • Future Airspace & Services
  • Trajectory Optimisation
  • Human Machine Collaboration

NATS R&D also conduct world-leading research in the application of the latest emerging technologies including Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Digital Twins

The successful candidate will join a diverse and innovative team dedicated to driving positive change and achieving our shared goals


The successful candidate will work on and lead tasks within projects ranging in scope from meeting short-term challenges to longer-term, larger scale modernisation programmes in collaboration with partners from across industry and academia

The successful candidate should be comfortable working in a structured manner following established best practice, but also be capable of employing more creative problem-solving methods as the task dictates. They must be confident working on both self-guided and team-based research projects

Qualifications & Skills

  • Honours degree in a STEM related subject (relevant industrial experience will be considered)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of scientific, technical, and analytical techniques
  • Analytical thought process and methodical approach for solving complex problems
  • Evidence of using high level programming languages to support data driven analysis/model development (Python/R preferred)
  • Experience in large data manipulation and analysis methods
  • Experience articulating hypotheses/ methodologies independently to identify insights and anomalies in data
  • Understanding of statistics
  • Experience with reporting and data visualisation tools
  • Effective communications to report results to stakeholders
  • 2+ years of experience in a relevant role

To find out more about the R&D department please click – R&D – NATS

We are proud to offer a fantastic total reward package to help you thrive both personally and professionally. In addition to a competitive salary that’s regularly reviewed, you’ll also benefit from a wide range of other benefits which includes generous leave entitlement, a market-leading defined contribution pension scheme, a range of voluntary benefits and retail discounts, wellness support and a comprehensive learning and development offering

NATS have adopted agile working to provide greater flexibility and increased choice over working arrangements, with the opportunity for this role to work in our modern office facilities as well as remotely. We also welcome discussions on flexible and part-time working arrangements

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

Job Information

Job Reference: 4952BR_1710432753
Salary: £50512.93 - £67350.57 per annum
Salary From: £50512.93
Salary To: £67350.57
Job Industries: Engineering
Job Locations: Whiteley, Hampshire
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: NATS
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