Radar and RF Sensing Signal Processing Scientist

Malvern, UK
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

Job Details

QinetiQ is growing – and it’s a great time to be here. As we enter new markets around the world, we need talented scientists to join us across the UK.  An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Radar and EW Signal processing associate to join our leading Global Defence Technology & Security organisation. You will work within the Applied Sciences unit based at our Malvern site.

You will join the Radar and Electronic Warfare (EW) team which has unrivalled expertise in the UK. Our work covers a wide area, from sensor design and running of demonstrator systems, through algorithm research and development including signal processing and machine learning / deep learning techniques, to customer support activity in all domains. You will have the opportunity to specialise in either Radar or EW, or to work flexibly across both areas.

These activities enable our customers to exploit new technologies, improve sensor and system performance and provide specialist advice to assist in the procurement of new Radar and EW capabilities.

You’ll be part of a business that was named the Most Admired Aerospace & Defence Company in the Britain’s Most Admired Companies 2021 study. You’ll also be joining a diverse, inclusive employer that’s proud to provide a collaborative, open working environment. With our Adaptive approach, you’ll enjoy the work-life balance that suits you best, thanks to remote, hybrid and flexible working practices dependent on the projects involved.

Key Accountabilities

  • Apply your expertise and knowledge on a variety of assignments;
  • Perform scientific/engineering/technical assignments requiring the integration of a range of skills and knowledge;
  • Research customer’s needs and requirements to align outputs;
  • Work directly with customers to ensure successful delivery and identify new business;
  • Promote innovation, inventiveness and standards of excellence within the delivery and/or capture teams.

Key capabilities and knowledge

Functional Knowledge:

Experience with some or all of the following would be desirable:

  • Algorithm development using Python or MATLAB or through theoretical development of ideas;
  • Radar waveform design and detection, tracking and recognition of targets in Air, Land and Maritime domains;
  • System requirements, design solutions, testing and performance of current and future ground-based, maritime or airborne radar systems;
  • Design and implementation of passive RF sensing and geolocation techniques (e.g. interferometric direction finding, Time Difference of Arrival);
  • Use of C or C++, machine learning, Keras / Tensorflo;
  • Electromagnetic environment and its impact on radar and communication systems, Electronic Protection Measures;
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR); Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP); Moving Target Indication (MTI); Automatic Target Recognition (ATR);
  • Understanding of communications systems including RF propagation, modulation schemes (analogue and digital), coding techniques.

Experience and qualifications:

  • A degree in Science or Engineering, or an equivalent;
  • The successful candidate will be required to undertake and maintain appropriate security clearance. For certain projects this could be at a Developed Vetting (DV) level.

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.


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
Visit careers.qinetiq.com

Closing date
All year round


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