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Principal Optical Scientist

Employer
QinetiQ
Location
Malvern, UK
Salary
Unspecified
Posting live until
31 Jul 2024

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Location: Malvern, England, GB

Job Title: Principal Optical Scientist 

Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

Package: Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package

Role Type: Full-time / Permanent

Role ID: SF17227

Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Principal Optical Scientist at our Malvern site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.

The Role

As a Principal Optical Scientist, you will have a role that is out of the ordinary, You will be a part of the Laser and Optics Sensors team within our UK Intelligence sector. Through your experience of the design and implementation of optical communications systems will be actively involved in developing communication systems for use in QinetiQ products, research projects and development of bespoke solutions for novel applications across the breadth of the QinetiQ’s business.

Day-to-day, you will:

  • Contribute to leading a team of Scientists / Engineers
  • Assist in delivery of product, development and research programmes 
  • Develop existing optical communication sensing technologies and conceive of new ones to solve customer problems
  • Identify and develop business opportunities including writing the technical content of bids
  • Lead customer demonstrations, presentations, and troubleshooting activities some of which will be overseas
  • Develop programmes of work (plan effort and materials requirements) and work with project managers to convert to costed project plans

This role is a full-time position based at our Malvern site with some flexibility for home working available.

Essential experience of the Principal Optical Scientist:

  • Practical experience of Research and Development of Communication systems including designing and building telecoms component-based fibre optics systems and bulk-optics systems
  • Handling and assembling fibre optical sub-systems and systems
  • Software implementation for control, acquisition, processing and visualisation tasks (preferred languages Python, Matlab, LabVIEW, C, C++)

Qualifications for the Principal Optical Scientist:

  • Relevant experience through a Degree and/or industry experience within a relevant role

Please note that all applicants must hold, or be able to achieve for Security Clearance as a minimum.

UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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
  • Holiday Trading
  • Support for the Armed Forces community
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering

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.

Security

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.

Company

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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.


Location
UK/global

Number of employees
6000+

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

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

How to apply
Visit careers.qinetiq.com

Closing date
All year round

Contact
careers.qinetiq.com

Company info
Website
Telephone
+44 (0)1252 392000
Location
Cody Technology Park
Ively Road
Farnborough
GU14 0LX
GB

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