Associate Target Echo Strength Analyst

Winfrith, UK
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

Job Details

Overall Job Purpose

Adaptable and flexible, you will be expected to take part in acoustic scattering, sonar performance and other acoustic measurements, at ranges around UK, requiring a safe, rigorous, methodical and pacey approach to work. This together with analysis, studies, reporting and software and hardware upgrades necessitate an understanding of physics, acoustics, signal processing and software engineering and will allow you to help improve the accuracy and efficiency of measurement and analysis techniques.

As a committed team player, you will have strong communication skills and be able to liaise with both customers and colleagues, helping to maximise business opportunities and the output from the team, whilst maintaining a safe working environment.

Key accountabilities

Accountable to the Calibrated Active Signatures and Sonar Assessment Team Leader for:

  • Delivering complex assignments with creative practical solutions to customer problems that challenge traditional methods;
  • Participation in measurement, analysis and reporting of acoustic trials (specifically acoustic scattering (Target Echo Strength) and sonar performance measurements) and undertaking acoustic studies and other investigations. Providing technical advice to both external customers and colleagues;
  • Management and adaptation of software and hardware;
  • Liaising with the Team Leader  and Engineering Lead to  ensure effective delivery of acoustic scattering, sonar performance and other trials.

Essential Education, Qualifications and Training

  • A first degree in Physics or possibly Engineering, or an equivalent, nationally recognised, professional qualification;
  • Full driving licence.

Essential knowledge skills and experience required

  • Good analytical skills as well as evaluative judgement based on the analysis of factual and qualitative information in complicated or novel situations;
  • Ability to undertake accurate measurements within a pressured environment (including configuring equipment) and analyse and report on the subsequent results and findings;
  • Strong measurement, analysis and reporting skills;
  • Good communication and diplomacy skills  to guide, influence and convince others, in particular colleagues and customers;
  • Software engineering skills– Ideally MATLAB (including object oriented applications) and if possible LabVIEW (for instrumentation control).

Essential Personal Qualities and Behavioural Requirements

  • Ability to shape, describe and deliver whole or parts of projects  on a variety of complex assignments;
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision;
  • Willingness to work away from home and medical fitness to undertake measurements on mobile measurement platform at sea for around 12 hours a day and to support a variety of other work;
  • Strong communication, team working and diplomacy skills are required to guide, influence and convince others.

Desirable criteria

  • 5 years of further on the job experience working in the underwater acoustics domain and backed up with a tangible track record of achievement;
  • Understanding of acoustics, signal processing and sonar systems;
  • Signal processing techniques (specifically Fourier techniques for analysing scattered sound and analysing sonar beam patterns);
  • Understanding of beam forming  and steering techniques;
  • Understanding of underwater acoustic measurement techniques – including how to make accurate measurements with minimal impact from noise and reverberation;
  • Some understanding of theory associated with acoustic scattering and mathematical modelling skills would also be desirable;
  • Hold or attain full membership of a relevant professional body.

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

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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 many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. 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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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.


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Desired degree disciplines/class
Science degree or equivalent

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

How to apply

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