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Opportunities to join the RF Signatures Team, supporting Advanced Materials & Electrification Area

Farnborough, UK
Closing date
20 Feb 2024

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QinetiQ is developing at an incredible pace year on year and we’re not slowing down. We are constantly on the lookout for enthusiastic, dynamic, talented and motivated individuals to join our Radio Frequency (RF) Signatures Team with QinetiQ’s UK Defence division. We are looking for physicists and engineers who are keen to explore the physics of the RF spectrum.

We share and support UK Defence’s commitment to growing and improving the UK’s military capability. Our work is innovative, varied, often unique, exciting and critical. We work closely with the most advanced Defence manufacturers.

This unique opportunity will offer the successful candidates the opportunity to work across the entire electromagnetic solution development process, assisting in the development and deployment of novel technology solutions: from material and circuit concept development and simulation, to fabrication, measurement and analysis of solutions. We currently have opportunities across our Farnborough and Malvern sites. If you’re interested in joining us in providing world-class technical solutions to solve complex challenges in disciplines including the application of electromagnetic theory, material design & characterisation and RF measurement techniques. We would love to hear from you! 

If your skills fit one of our opportunities, we’ll be in contact. If we don’t have a role that’s right for you at the moment, we’ll keep your CV on file for possible opportunities in the future.

We are currently recruiting for Junior and Mid-Level Researchers – RF Signatures

Applications from various UK locations will be accepted

What does the RF signatures team do? 

Wireless trend demands radiofrequency innovation – Physics World

RF specialists at QinetiQ use a combination of lab-based testing, numerical analysis and experimentation to understand and exploit the properties of radio waves. QinetiQ’s activities extend across the full range of radio frequencies and signal strengths, ranging from the low-power radio waves typically used for navigation and communications systems through to defensive platforms that exploit high-power electromagnetic beams to disable electronics and explosive devices, or to disrupt fast-moving vehicles such as drones.

The work undertaken by the RF signatures team focusses on the control of electromagnetic propagation and scatter to manipulate the signatures of existing and future structures, providing benefits such as signature reduction to minimise interference with radar systems or to enhance or direct signals towards a specific target receiver. For example, one of the materials developed by the team has been successfully applied to wind turbines to reduce their signature by up to 99%, reducing the impact of their interference with weather radar systems. Services provided by the team include:

  • The interpretation and application of electromagnetic theory to aid the development of future materials and measurement capabilities;
  • The design, fabrication and evaluation of novel materials and devices for signature management;
  • The measurement and characterisation of RF signatures for a range of target sizes and specifications.

What is the scope of opportunities? 

The group is experienced in the development and characterisation of innovative electromagnetic propagation and scattering control solutions across a number of different industries, both within the defence community and commercially, such as for renewable energy an successful applicants will be responsible for the delivery of our exciting and engaging technical projects alongside our existing UK-leading experts in RF/Microwave bands of the electromagnetic spectrum , using our exceptional range of RF measurement facilities to deliver novel, cutting edge technical solutions and products. The role will also offer opportunities to develop skills such as technical leadership, development and bidding of future project opportunities, and technical mentorship.

Junior level Researchers – RF Signatures

  • A degree ideally a first in a topic area relevant to electromagnetics;
  • An understanding of electromagnetic theory (fields and waves, propagation and scattering), either through relevant courses or experience;
  • Be competent in the use of data management and analysis software, such as Matlab or R;
  • An understanding of electromagnetic modelling software tools, for example CST microwave studio or COMSOL Multi-physics.

Mid-Level Researchers – RF Signatures

In addition to the above you will need to satisfy the following requirements

  • Either a PhD or equivalent associated experience in the field of electromagnetics;
  • Have a working knowledge of electromagnetic modelling software tools, for example CST microwave studio or COMSOL Multiphysics;
  • Desirable – experience in leading technical projects, including the mentoring of junior staff members;
  • Desirable – a track record in the technical delivery of scientific research in a relevant field, particularly with respect to electromagnetic measurements.

Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.  

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 

About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that all applicants must be UK Nationals and eligible for SC clearance as a minimum. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.

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Why work for us
We understand that people want diversity from a career, so we’ve created a flexible working environment, where we offer opportunities to work on different projects and give people the freedom to innovate and try new things. Our peoples’ depth of expertise and their passion for defence and security makes the critical difference for our customers. We constantly encourage staff to think and do things differently, to always look for enterprising, agile ways to create real benefit. Collaborating with and learning from our world-renowned experts makes QinetiQ an exceptionally rewarding place to work; where no two days are the same.

Training and development
We encourage our people to challenge themselves, realize their full potential and to be proud to deliver outstanding performance for our customers. The QinetiQ Academy provides opportunities for further growth, and everyone are encouraged to develop technical skills and complete professional training.

Graduate schemes
Our two-year Graduate Development Programme gives graduates access to more than 250 rotational placements, unique facilities and a strong support network to help develop their career.

What we are looking for
We’re looking for outstanding technical people, creative and analytical thinkers, decision makers, influencers and excellent communicators. Working at QinetiQ is more than just a job – we’re making a difference in addressing some of society’s biggest technical challenges. Our purpose is to “save lives, protect sovereign interests, deliver where others can’t”. This is why we exist and the reason why we all get out of bed in the morning.


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Physicists, optical scientists, systems engineers, software engineers, combat systems engineers, mission systems engineers, business analysts, project managers, data scientists, big data, dev ops, network, communications, training, synthetic environments and simulation engineers, cyber intelligence, cryptosecurity

Desired degree disciplines/class
Science degree or equivalent

Eligible to work in the UK or one of QinetiQ’s global businesses

How to apply

Closing date
All year round


Company info
+44 (0)1252 392000
Cody Technology Park
Ively Road
GU14 0LX

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