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ONERA, a central player in aeronautical and space research, prepares the defense of tomorrow, responds to the aeronautical and space challenges of the future, and contributes to the competitiveness of the aerospace industry.

Presentation of ONERA

ONERA, a central player in aeronautical and space research, employs more than 2,000 people. Placed under the supervision of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, it has a budget of 266 million euros (2022), more than half of which comes from study, research and test contracts. State expert, ONERA prepares the defense of tomorrow, responds to the aeronautical and space challenges of the future, and contributes to the competitiveness of the aerospace industry. He masters all the disciplines and technologies in the field. All the major civil and military aerospace programs in France and Europe carry part of ONERA’s DNA: Ariane, Airbus, Falcon, Rafale, missiles, helicopters, engines, radars, etc. Recognized internationally and often awarded, its researchers train many doctoral students.

Presentation of the department

The DTIS department declines within its scope the mission of ONERA, the heart of which is to develop and guide research in the aerospace field. This scope covers the following themes: system identification and control, information perception and processing, artificial intelligence and decision-making, systems and software engineering, cognitive engineering and human-system interaction, applied mathematics and scientific computing, design and optimization. systems, safety and security of cyber-physical systems, robotics and autonomy.
Its activities concern Aeronautics, Space, Defense purposes, with the main applications being aircraft (transport aircraft, combat aircraft, drones, airships, helicopters, etc.), aerospace systems (air transport system, launchers, satellites, etc.) , information systems (surveillance, localization systems, etc.), defense systems (missiles, systems of systems, etc.).


Spread over 3 sites (Palaiseau, Toulouse, Salon de Provence), the department brings together skills in system control, information processing, artificial intelligence, systems and software engineering, human-system interaction, applied mathematics, design and optimization. systems, safety and security, robotics and autonomy.

The NGPA (Navigation Guiding Piloting of Autonomous Vehicles) unit conducts study and research work in automation (command and estimation), mainly dedicated to the functional chains of navigation, guidance and piloting of autonomous systems (defense systems, drones, launchers, etc.). In order to meet operational needs, the unit also conducts studies relating to the design of vehicles, modeling and evaluation of the performance of defense systems. The NGPA unit has simulation tools for this, which it develops or contributes to developing, by integrating business models.

In this unit, you participate in design studies and performance evaluation of defense systems. For this, you will be required to:

  • Carry out design activities: dimensioning of new vehicle concepts or reverse engineering,
  • Model these systems and their associated components (flight dynamics, propulsion, means of guidance-piloting-navigation, etc.), with a view to enriching the simulation codes developed internally,
  • Contribute to the validation of these codes,
  • Then implement them to carry out performance studies.

These studies are carried out mainly on behalf of the DGA, with major French manufacturers in the aerospace sector (MBDA, Thales, etc.), in conjunction with other DTIS units and other ONERA departments (aerodynamics, radar , optics, etc. who bring their expertise to enrich the models studied.

Depending on your experience, you may be required to take responsibility for one or more corresponding projects. You will also be required to contribute to the development of the unit’s activities by proposing new themes for internal work or by participating in responses to calls for tenders.

Your missions are conditioned by obtaining a National Defense clearance.


  • Doctor or engineer ideally with knowledge of aerospace vehicle design and/or flight mechanics.
  • Multidisciplinary knowledge in the aerospace field (for example in propulsion, aerodynamics, guidance-piloting, …) desirable.
  • Software development skills (Matlab, C++, Python) appreciated.
  • Experience in project management preferred.
  • Fluency in English essential.

Joining ONERA means joining the leading player in aeronautics and space research in France, it means building the future now, it means innovating every day in a cutting-edge sector.

At ONERA, you will find a balance between professional life and personal life and an environment that promotes the continuous training of employees.

Our company is committed to a policy in favor of the integration and continued employment of people with disabilities.

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