Associate Analytical Chemist


  • London & South East England
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Job ref: 11492

Location: Sevenoaks
Employment Type: Full Time - Permanent
Job ID: 11492

QinetiQ comprises teams of dedicated people; experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets. We draw on our extensive technical knowledge and intellectual property to provide the know-how and support to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.  Our people make the critical difference to customers by providing unique approaches to problem solving.  Why don’t you join some of the world’s finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today?

Job description/Person specification
Specific Responsibilities
The job holder will work in the Weapons Science group which is part of Applied Science. Within Weapons Science, our teams come from a variety of physics, chemistry, mathematics and related engineering backgrounds. They are critical to research, advice and the assessment of weapons systems from long range missiles to small arms pistols including the detailed technologies that enable their use. They help our customers ensure that these critical assets perform effectively and safely. The role involves the characterisation of explosive compositions using typical techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy as well as wet chemical analysis. It is likely that the successful candidate will have a chemistry background that will be supplemented with training to develop the energetic materials knowledge required to fulfil the role.

Knowledge, skills and Personal Qualities Required
1. Broad knowledge and experience of scientific principles, particularly chemical analysis techniques including chromatography, spectroscopy, titration and calorimetry. (An awareness of all techniques, and a capability to undertake a selection is required.)
2. An appreciation of explosive materials would be advantageous but not essential as training will be provided.
3. Job requires a good knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the range of processes, procedures and systems to be used in carrying out assigned tasks and a basic understanding of the underlying concepts & principles of analytical science.
4. Apply specialist skills and knowledge to undertake analytical techniques and interpret the results as well as being able to develop new techniques for identifying explosive and inert components.
5. Demonstrate good interpersonal, influencing and team working skills.
6. Must be able to exchange ideas and information effectively in a concise and logical way.
7. A strong ethos on the importance of safety, operational efficiency and project delivery.
8. Understand the necessity to deliver high levels of quality on tasks performed and services provided and how this and the timely delivery of work impacts the effectiveness of the local team and Energetics Performance as a whole.

Challenges with the role include:
1. Contributing to technical programmes in this area.
2. Working with internal and external stakeholders.
3. Providing mentoring to the team in areas of technical expertise
4. Promoting innovation, inventiveness and excellence
5. Have the ability to become proficient in a wide range of analytical skills and take responsibility for utilising these skills to perform experiments and obtain results.

Key Accountabilities
1. Ensure that customers’ requirements and tasks are fully understood and that the problems and issues are reliably identified at the outset.
2. Responsibility for ensuring completion of work in a safe and timely manner.
3. Perform a wide variety of technical tasks in the energetics analysis area, recognising and resolving non-standard occurrences and problems on a regular basis whilst exercising discretion on moderately complex assignments; however, seeks advice from more senior members where deviations from the norm occur and where more creativity may be required.
4. Contribute to continuous improvement initiatives.
5. Demonstrate a good understanding of the HSE requirements applicable to analysis techniques as well as explosives.

Essential Qualifications
1. A first degree in Science, or an equivalent, nationally recognised, professional qualification. (Over six years of relevant technical support experience would be considered in lieu of the educational qualifier.)
2. Would be working towards achieving membership of a relevant professional body.
3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of concepts and principles of Analytical sciences.


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