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Senior Materials Scientist – Advanced Materials and Devices

QinetiQ is recruiting for a Senior Materials Scientist – Advanced Materials and Devices

  • Closing date: 16 Aug 2021
  • United Kingdom | QinetiQ
  • Date posted: 16 Jul 2021
  • Job type: Industry & business
  • Discipline: Materials science 

QinetiQ is currently recruiting a Senior Materials Scientist to be based in Farnborough on a permanent basis.

We are seeking an experienced Materials Scientist for our Advanced Services and Products team. This role supports key innovation and technology programmes for Global R&D in the field of advanced materials and devices.

In this role, you will have responsibility to manage and conduct materials research in support of advanced materials systems including structural components, energy systems, sensors, electromagnetics and quantum. Moreover, you will work to identify opportunities, research new technologies and trends, explore disruptive technologies and evaluate their potential benefits for QinetiQ as well as setting up strategic R&D collaborations in the UK and globally across the world.

This is a great opportunity to join QinetiQ – a Global Leader in the defence and security industry with a world class reputation – in a fast-paced and challenging role, with a high level of responsibility and chance for significant career progression.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Support, lead and drive R&D initiatives/ projects by designing/ selecting advanced materials such as ceramics, metals, 2D materials, thin films, particles etc. from the initial concept stage to production. Projects are executed in-house and in collaboration with research institutions or suppliers. Furthermore the role may require assisting collaborators in optimising manufacture and processing.
  • Drive the development of new work and research opportunities and generation of new business.
  • Set-up and maintain strategic R&D collaborations supporting key QinetiQ technology development initiatives. 
  • Evaluate and test new materials and technology concepts at QinetiQ’s laboratories and when necessary at 3rd party labs and facilities. This involves component performance tests and material characterisation evaluation using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM, FTIR and XRD among others).
  • Support to projects as industrial supervisor, set up strategic QinetiQ R&D initiatives in collaboration with partners.
  • Specify and lead the expansion of advanced materials characterisation and manufacture capabilities at QinetiQ.

Required skills and experience

  • PhD in Materials Science/ Chemistry or related field with demonstrable high-level R&D experience.
  • Experience in manufacturing processes at scale.
  • Experience in initiating and managing collaborative R&D projects.
  •  Strong knowledge in materials science and materials development, design and discovery.
  • Strong application knowledge and understanding of exploitation opportunities for various materials .
  • Bid and proposal writing.
  • Working knowledge/ experience with advanced characterisation and test equipment .
  • Proficiency in generating detailed technical reports including but not limited to, materials process analysis, mechanical and physical property analysis at both molecular and macro-level.
  • Liaising with both internal and external customers will be very important and therefore strong communication skills are essential including verbal, written and formal presentations.
  • Computer literate, Windows, Office etc.

Beneficial experience

  • Working knowledge in Design of Experiment (DoE) to accelerate materials development programmes.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Able to adopt a pro-active and flexible approach to work that allows the candidate to work independently as well as part of a team (leader or contributor)

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, 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 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, 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.


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