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.
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.
- 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.
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.