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Opportunities in QinetiQ's Laser & Optical Physics Teams



Great Malvern, Malvern WR14, UK
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

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 QinetiQ’s Laser & Optical Physics teams
The Laser & Optical Physics teams at QinetiQ Farnborough and Malvern are looking to add enthusiastic and talented individuals to their team of subject matter experts. Through your experience of optical systems and transferable skills you will be actively involved in delivering cutting-edge research relating to novel High Energy Laser systems. Training in the exciting and growing technology of High energy Laser systems will be provided.

If your skills fit one of our opportunities, we’ll 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 does the Laser & Optical Physics team do?
The team’s primary focus is driving and supporting QinetiQ’s efforts in the UK Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) space. If you are keen to see some of our work the ‘Dragonfire’ system has recently received press attention.

Day to day, we work on technologies ranging from first-demonstration prototypes to complete systems like Dragonfire. In the team you will design and build experimental setups, employ systems engineering principles, assemble, integrate and test systems, develop technological strategy, and provide bid-winning support to the business.

Varied career paths are a part of life at QinetiQ. You could specialise in a key skill or particular domain, or work on systems across the business. With increasing demand for Laser and Optical Scientists across our business, your transferable skills and experience are highly desired.

What kind of person are we looking for? Someone who…

  • Is enthusiastic about photonics
  • Is able to learn whilst on the job and adapt quickly
  • Has a passion for solving problems
  • Enjoys working as part of a team
  • Is able to work independently

Are you just starting you career as a professional scientist?

Looking for your first role and have some experience in Lasers and Optics? Your talents may be a good match for our team. We recruit scientists with transferable skillsets and areas of application. You may have experience in areas such as Optical design, Optical modelling, Machine vision and control, Laser development, sensing, Laser test and evaluation, and much more. Although we will aim to utilise your existing experience you can expect ongoing development to help you excel and advance. Typical responsibilities would include:

  • Generating technical reports and presenting the results
  • Providing input to larger projects as part of a team of subject matter experts
  • Planning, development, and deployment of optical systems in the lab and in the field
  • Deployment to trial sites across the UK

Opportunities for mid-career Scientists

If you’re a mid-career professional working in industry or academia, you’ll be applying your expertise right from day one. To enable you to develop further expert training and mentoring is provided, alongside self-development and on-the-job training. There are also opportunities for development of managerial and technical leadership skills. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Writing technical bids
  • Managing the technical direction of projects
  • Input to our technical strategy
  • Customer-facing delivery
  • Opportunities for highly experienced Scientists

As a highly experienced Scientist, you can expect to directly drive and support QinetiQ’s strategy in LDEW and take on more advanced technical leadership responsibilities, with support as you become familiar with the QinetiQ offering. Our Fellowship scheme recognises and develops professionals with high-level, specialist technical expertise.

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. 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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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.