Senior Optical Scientist / Engineer


  • Central England
  • ¬£Excellent
  • Permanent

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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
The Role:
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior Remote Optical Sensing Scientist /Engineer to join a leading Global Defence Technology & Security organisation. You will work within the Applied Sciences business unit based at their site in Malvern, Worcestershire.

You will be a part of the Laser and Optics Sensors team within Applied Science and, through your experience of the design and implementation of optical systems will be actively involved in developing sensors for use in QinetiQ products, research projects and development of bespoke solutions for novel applications across the breadth of the QinetiQ’s business.
  • Assist in delivery of product, development and research programmes.
  • Develop existing optical remote sensing technologies and conceive of new ones to solve customer problems
  • Identify and develop business opportunities with the team and independently
  • Develop programmes of work (plan effort and materials requirements) and work with project managers to convert to costed project plans
  • Write technical content of proposals/bids/white papers
  • Lead customer demonstrations, presentations, and troubleshooting activities some of which will be overseas
  • Show strong initiative, self-motivation and be able to work as part of and, ultimately, lead a team of scientists and engineers
  • Accountable for time and technical progress.  Managing and leading self, providing regular communication of current and future workload.
Requirements & Essential Qualifications:
Typically the candidate will have a good Physics degree and must have a strong understanding of:
  • The wave/particle nature of light
  • Lasers and the significance of temporal and spatial coherence
  • Interference effects and the mathematics necessary for adequate description of interference
  • Basic signal processing (Fourier decomposition, filtering, time and frequency domain processing schemes, modulation/demodulation schemes)
  • Atmospheric effects
The candidate must have a strong understanding and practical experience of:
  • At least one optical detection technique (e.g. direct detection, coherent detection, photon counting).
  • Designing and building telecoms component-based fibre optics systems.
  • Designing and building bulk-optics systems.
The candidate should have a strong understanding and, preferably, direct experience of:
  • Implementing different active optical remote sensing modalities (e.g. rangefinding, 3D imaging, velocimetry, vibrometry, anemometry, DIAL, comms, retro-comms).
  • Scanning techniques for imaging applications.
The candidate will be competent in:
  • Software implementation for control, acquisition, processing and visualisation tasks (preferred languages Python, Matlab, LabVIEW, C, C++).
  • Basic analogue and digital electronics.
Security Clearance:
If successful, you will be put through Ministry of Defence security clearance.

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