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Senior Electro-Optical Scientist

QinetiQ have an opening for a Senior Electro-Optical Scientist

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 25 Oct 2020
  • United Kingdom | QinetiQ
  • Date posted: 25 Sep 2020
  • Job type: Industry & business
  • Disciplines: Optics, lasers & photonics  | Computational science & software engineering 

The role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Electro- Optical/ infrared Scientist to join a leading Global Defence Technology & Security organisation. You will work within the Applied Sciences & Products business unit, based at their site in Hampshire.


You will be a part of the Electro-optic and Infrared (EO/IR) Sciences team within Applied Science and be actively involved in developing bespoke solutions for novel applications across the breadth of QinetiQ’s business. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Deliver and lead technical tasks relating to EO/IR materials, devices and measurements in line with contracted activity.
  • Contribute to capability growth, including mentoring, training and guiding others.
  • Provide advice and consultancy for internal and external programmes and bids.
  • Manage facilities and laboratories containing unique and high value equipment.
  • Contribute ideas and concepts for internal investment and business growth.
  • Conduct numerical modelling, materials prototyping and implementation of our technology.
  • Prepare, design and participate in the setup of EO/IR experiments and trails.
  • Be accountable for managing your own time and technical progress in order to meet agreed goals and deadlines.
  • Keep detailed technical records and logs.

Requirements and essential qualifications

  • Appropriate technical or scientific qualifications.
  • Problem-solving and innovative mind-set
  • Good understanding of electromagnetic materials interactions
  • Proficiency in using standard EO/IR test equipment including:
    • Spectrometers
    • Imagers
  • Experience using numerical modelling applications.
  •  Experience of writing technical proposals, reports or papers and of technical communication.
  • Experience of a research and development environment.
  • Experience of matlab or similar for producing technical data.
  • Desirable – understanding of human vision or laser safety.

Security clearance

You will be a UK national. If successful, you will be put through Ministry of Defence security clearance procedures.

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?


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