Opportunities in Synthetic Environment and Simulation

Farnborough, UK
Closing date
14 Oct 2023

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Opportunities in Synthetic Environment and Simulation

QinetiQ is growing – and it is a great time to be part of the community. As we enter new markets around the world, we need talented Engineers, Technicians, Scientists and Mathematicians to join our Synthetic Environments and Simulation teams.

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

We currently have opportunities in Synthetic Environments and Simulation across our sites in Farnborough, Malvern and Lincoln, but location should not be an issue if you have the skills and enthusiasm that we seek. If you are interested in joining us – now or in the future – we would love to hear from you.

If your skills fit one of our opportunities, we shall be in contact. If we don’t have a role that’s right for you at the moment, we’ll keep your CV on file for possible opportunities in the future.

What do our Synthetic Environment and Simulation Engineers, Technicians and Scientists do?

In general, our Synthetic Environment and Simulation people have a broad understanding of modelling and simulation concepts and technologies that may include knowledge and skills in some of the following areas:

  • Distributed and federated simulation;
  • Simulation with a Human or Machine in the loop. Including knowledge and understanding of digital representation or environment modelling and associated tools/technologies such as Image Generation and visualisation of tactical or geospatial information. Experience with games engines such as VBS or Unity may be beneficial.  As an example of our work, we have recently delivered an experiment using simulation to the Army to help them understand the detailed impact of electric vehicles on mission success;
  • Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) blends. Concepts and principles underpinning LVC systems for Operational Training or Test & Evaluation, including awareness of how simulations can safely and effectively interact with operational communications, command and control systems.  In this area, we are currently helping the Royal Navy train for large-scale missions by supplementing their live training with simulated threats;
  • Specification and development of simulation-based systems comprising a blend of off-the-shelf capabilities, including ‘serious games’, and bespoke software;
  • Integration of systems comprising a range of technologies and concepts, such as Virtual and Augmented Reality and Live, Virtual & Constructive (LVC) blends.  We are helping Army medics train for combat situations through an Augmented Reality simulation of an ambulance;
  • Modelling and configuring simulation components using a variety of tools e.g. 3D models, terrains, Computer Generated Forces scenarios/vignettes;
  • Practical and theoretical research, considering the use of emerging technologies and training theories to provide evidence and ideas for training systems.

New to Synthetic Environments and Simulation?

In your first role or have some experience in Synthetic Environments and Simulation? Your talents may be a good match for our team. We recruit from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and if you have qualifications or experience in Science, Mathematics, Computer Simulation, Modelling, Virtual Reality, Simulation Engineering, or Systems Engineering in Simulation, we would love to speak with you.  You will be offered the opportunities to develop your depth and breadth of expertise and experience and set you on the path for advancement.

Opportunities for mid-career Synthetic Environment and Simulation Engineers, Technicians and Scientists

If you are a mid-career professional working in an associated industry, you will 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.

Opportunities for highly experienced Synthetic Environment and Simulation Engineers, Technicians and Scientists

As a senior Synthetic Environment and Simulation Engineer, Technician or Scientist, you will already be a respected member of the community and can expect further specialist development (which may include conference attendance and paper presentation, for example), and targeted mentoring to develop specific technical skills. If you have senior management potential, we’ll spot and nurture it. However, to progress to more senior roles, you’ll need to be an active member of an appropriate professional body.

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 in the UK and overseas;
  • We explore multiple domains of application - Air, Space, Land, Maritime, ISTAR, Weapons and Cyber Systems Engineering throughout the life cycle - from concept through development and operation to disposal;
  • We have practitioners 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.

Why we’re different

Our people. Our employees make the critical difference to customers by providing unique answers which combine technical expertise, deep domain knowledge and rigorous independent thinking.

Our independence. QinetiQ is not a manufacturer, and we stand apart from the supply chain. It’s our rigorous independent thinking that helps our customers achieve their goals.

Our breadth of capability. Our customers face challenges that define the modern world. They know we are uniquely placed to understand these issues and work with them to ensure the success of their mission or reach their objectives.

Our relationships with customers. Our prized possession is trust. Customers around the world rely on the drive and dedication of our people to help them meet their goals – often in environments where there is no second chance for failure.

Our partnerships. We use partnerships and alliances to accelerate compelling business development strategies and sustainable earnings growth. By licensing our intellectual property we reduce implementation and sales risk, and speed up time-to-market by using third party sales channels.

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

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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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