Quantum Scientist Opportunities

Malvern, UK
Closing date
14 Oct 2023

Job Details

It’s an exciting time to be part of QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join us as we continue to grow into new markets around the world. We currently have many opportunities and would love to hear from candidates who are interested in joining us now or in the future.

If there is alignment between your skills and the opportunities currently available, we will be contact.  Should there not be anything suitable at present, with your permission, we will keep your CV on file for consideration as future roles become available.

What do our Quantum Scientists do?

QinetiQ’s quantum scientists help our customers understand what the emergent fields of quantum technology mean to them – what they will be able to do, when, and why that matters.

Our teams are conducting feasibility studies into defence and security aspects of quantum technologies. Typical examples of these include:

  • Studies into the applicability of aspects of quantum technology to future communications systems;
  • Studies into the practical utility of quantum-based inertial navigation systems;
  • Military applications of novel quantum-enhanced sensors;
  • Programming multiple third-party quantum computers and realistic simulators with algorithms appropriate to defence needs.

These teams are growing. We are looking for people who can lead and deliver research, demonstration and consultancy projects on quantum technology, and help train up juniors in this field to grow capability.

The paradigm-shifting opportunities offered by quantum technologies are regularly reported in the media. ‘Quantum’ promises game-changers such as the ability to solve intractable computational problems – e.g. to identify new medicines or crack cryptography – or the ability to communicate by exploiting ‘spooky action at a distance’. Some of this is hype, some of it is not. Our job is to help our customers understand what it actually mean to them, now and in the near future, and what they should be doing about it.

Our research projects often entail working in the problem and solution spaces, understanding the customer’s operational environment and key challenges as well as the state-of-the-art emerging from academia and the fast-moving quantum industry. By bridging the knowledge gap between the two we can offer unique insight and impartial advice that can make a real difference to our customers.

As we continue to develop our capability we are also moving beyond feasibility studies into new areas, for example test, evaluation and benchmarking of quantum devices and the development of product-relevant IP.

New to Quantum?

In your first role or have some experience in quantum technologies? Your talents may be a good match for our team. We are recruiting quantum scientists with all ranges of skillsets and areas of application.

Opportunities for mid-career Quantum Scientists

If you’re a mid-career professional working in industry or academia, you’ll be applying your expertise right from day one. Whatever your specialism or background, you can expect ongoing development to help you excel and advance. This includes expert training and mentoring, with increased emphasis on self-development and on-the-job training. Whether your focus is developing your technical leadership, team management or domain knowledge we have a role for you.

Opportunities for highly experienced Quantum Scientists

As a senior Quantum Scientist, you can expect specialist training and targeted mentoring to develop specific technical skills. You could expect to find a role as a technical leader, a domain specialist, a functional manager or a blend of all three depending on your background and interests. If you have senior management potential, we’ll spot and nurture it.

To progress to more senior roles, we encourage you to be an active member of an appropriate professional body. In addition, our Fellowship scheme recognises and develops professionals with high-level, specialist technical expertise.

Key points

  • QinetiQ offers varied, rewarding and interesting careers across a range of locations;
  • We cover a range of quantum technologies – including: computing; sensing; PNT and communications;
  • We have technical staff at all levels up to and including internationally recognised individuals. Our blended approach to learning means you’ll have access to formal training, mentoring, assisted self-development and on the job training;
  • Excel, and your potential will be spotted. Our continuing professional development covers all career stages and levels of seniority.
  • With our Adaptive approach, you can work the way you want – flexibly, on-site, remotely or via hybrid working.

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

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

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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+44 (0)1252 392000
Cody Technology Park
Ively Road
GU14 0LX

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