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Principal Optical Scientist



Great Malvern, Malvern WR14, UK
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Job Title: Principal Optical Scientist
Location: Malvern, Worcestershire
Package: Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type: Full-time / Permanent
Role ID: SF17227

Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Principal Optical Scientist at our Malvern site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.

The Role
As a Principal Optical Scientist, you will have a role that is out of the ordinary, You will be a part of the Laser and Optics Sensors team within our UK Intelligence sector. Through your experience of the design and implementation of optical communications systems will be actively involved in developing communication systems for use in QinetiQ products, research projects and development of bespoke solutions for novel applications across the breadth of the QinetiQ’s business.

Day-to-day, you will:

  • Contribute to leading a team of Scientists / Engineers
  • Assist in delivery of product, development and research programmes
  • Develop existing optical communication sensing technologies and conceive of new ones to solve customer problems
  • Identify and develop business opportunities including writing the technical content of bids
  • Lead customer demonstrations, presentations, and troubleshooting activities some of which will be overseas
  • Develop programmes of work (plan effort and materials requirements) and work with project managers to convert to costed project plans

This role is a full-time position based at our Malvern site with some flexibility for home working available.

Essential experience of the Principal Optical Scientist:

  • Practical experience of Research and Development of Communication systems including designing and building telecoms component-based fibre optics systems and bulk-optics systems
  • Handling and assembling fibre optical sub-systems and systems
  • Software implementation for control, acquisition, processing and visualisation tasks (preferred languages Python, Matlab, LabVIEW, C, C++)

Qualifications for the Principal Optical Scientist:

  • Relevant experience through a Degree and/or industry experience within a relevant role

Please note that all applicants must hold, or be able to achieve for Security Clearance as a minimum.
UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Our Benefits

  • Adaptive and flexible working
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance, and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal
  • Holiday Trading
  • Support for the Armed Forces community
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering

Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those which help the defence community.

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 a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture.

About QinetiQ
As a company of thousands of 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 who 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, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.

Application Guidance
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.