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Applied Scientist - Airborne Anti-submarine Warfare

Farnborough, UK
Posting live until
7 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job Title: Applied Scientist - Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare

Location: Farnborough, Hampshire + Adaptive Working Arrangement 

Package:  Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package

Role Type: Full time / Permanent 

Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as an Applied Scientist - Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare at our Farnborough site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.

The role

We are looking for a highly motivated Applied Scientist to support QinetiQ’s AASW team. AASW delivers to its clients a range of services across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines including research and development, independent and technical specialist advice and independent test and evaluation.

Delivered from the Farnborough based centre of excellence, the AASW team is internationally renowned for the practical application of its deep-domain knowledge.  The team works closely with its customers to design and implement advanced solutions to address real-world challenges. This includes the independent characterisation and performance evaluation of AASW acoustic systems requiring sensor simulation and aircraft stimulation with high fidelity test signals.  The capability is supported by a deep understanding of acoustic processing systems and theory.

Opportunities to join and be ‘hands-on’ within this dynamic team are open to successful applicants.  QinetiQ is seeking a range of skills and experience levels to fulfil a number of roles within this enduring UK Sovereign capability.

This is a full-time role, 37 hours per week and based at our Farnborough site. We flexible, adaptive working arrangements, however a proportion of the work is required to be carried out on site, due to the nature of the equipment and Labs used.

Accountabilities of the Applied Scientist

  • Practical application of academic learning;
  • Problem solving and the application of science underpinned by a tailored life-cycle approach;
  • Use of rapid-prototyping techniques to inform system design decisions;
  • Self-motivated team member that takes ownership of tasking whilst operating collaboratively within a dynamic team;
  • A desire to learn, broadening and sharing knowledge within this exciting domain is essential, to increase team expertise and resilience.

Essential experience of the Applied Scientist

  • Software Engineering toolset – LabVIEW and MATLAB desirable.

Qualifications for the Applied Scientist

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in Physics, Maths, Oceanography, Electronics or relevant engineering discipline.

Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

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Our Benefits

  • Adaptive and flexible working;
  • Generous holiday allowance;
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance;
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance;
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more;
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave;
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant;
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community.

Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those which help the defence community. 


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 a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture. 

About QinetiQ

As a company of thousands of 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 many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants who 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, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.

Application Guidance

If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.



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QinetiQ is a company of scientists and engineers committed to listening, understanding and responding to our customers’ needs. This enables us to use our depth of experience, and our unique science and engineering expertise, to equip customers with powerful solutions to their most pressing challenges.

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.


Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
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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