Opportunities in Radar and Electronic Warfare

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.

Opportunities in Radar and Electronic Warfare

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 Scientists, Mathematicians and Engineers to join our Radar and Electronic Warfare teams. You will probably have experience with Radar, Signal Processing, Algorithm Development, but you may come from a background of Systems Engineering or Software Engineering/Development, but with a depth of knowledge about how to exploit the EM spectrum, particularly in RF.

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 is 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; but please bear in mind that, because of the nature of our business, fully remote working will not be an option.

We currently have opportunities in Radar and Electronic Warfare across our sites in Malvern and Portsmouth, but location may 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 is right for you at the moment, we’ll keep your CV on file for possible opportunities in the future.

What do our Radar and Electronic Warfare Scientists, Mathematicians and Engineers do?

In general, our Radar and Electronic Warfare Scientists, Mathematicians and Engineers use Matlab and Python to undertake research, algorithm development and modelling in the delivery of complex customer projects aiming to develop new capabilities, such as resilience to jamming or target recognition.  As an example, we have recently developed a world-leading capability in Automatic Target Recognition processes using the images formed from Synthetic Aperture Radar and we shall be building on this capability in the future using complex and novel machine learning techniques that are adaptable to other sensors. They have the opportunity to work in a range of different stages of development – from hardware design, through signal processing, to customer advice and support – according to their specialism. They attend conferences and publish peer-reviewed papers of their work. They design and participate in trials to collect data and demonstrate the achievements of their work. Recent advances in machine learning / artificial intelligence are highly applicable to this domain and some of our scientists are actively involved in developing and applying these for the Radar/EW domain. These activities may include knowledge and skills in some of the following areas:

  • Digital Signal Processing in languages including Matlab, Python, C/C++;
  • Radio Frequency (RF) engineering including system level design, antennas, propagation;
  • RF communications techniques including modulation and coding, commercial standards;
  • Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) techniques;
  • Radar theory including the exploitation of the radar range equation;
  • Clutter rejection, tracking and classification techniques;
  • Space-time adaptive processing of active electronically scanned array radars;
  • Computer-aided design modelling and radar cross-section prediction;
  • Sensor design and development including building and running demonstrator systems and products;
  • Carrying out research with the opportunity to submit journal papers and attend conferences;
  • Undertaking customer support and advice activities, acting as customer friend for complex procurements;
  • Developing machine-vision like techniques specifically for radar imagery, using bespoke algorithms, novel signal processing and deep learning techniques.

New to Radar and Electronic Warfare?

In your first role or have some experience in Radar and Electronic Warfare? 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, Modelling, or Software Development 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 Radar and Electronic Warfare Scientists, Mathematicians and Engineers

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 Radar and Electronic Warfare Scientists, Mathematicians and Engineers

As a senior Radar and Electronic Warfare 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 shall 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 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 will 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;
  • We support adaptive and flexible working although as a member of our Mission Solutions teams you will need to be prepared to work from our sites on a regular basis and possibly deploy to trials sites in the UK or abroad on an occasional basis.

Why we are 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. Our rigorous independent thinking 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.

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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