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Principal Flight Physics Engineer

Date: 16-Mar-2023

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title: Principal Flight Physics Engineer

Location: Salisbury

Company: QinetiQ


QinetiQ is currently recruiting a talented and robust principal level engineer to assess aircraft performance and handling, delivering expertise within flight physics and safety across amazing rotary wing platforms. You’ll be involved in various areas of helicopters, providing crucial assessment of the platform’s capability for; rapid movement, speed, height, weight and general areas of the airframes.  You will be involved with all areas of assisting the MOD in their selection of airframes using your expertise and industry experience.


The Flight Physics positions will typically focus on evaluation and sometimes testing and/or teaching of one or more of the following: aircraft performance and flying qualities, aircraft handling, Flight Control Systems, Engine Control and Air Data Systems.


The position is based at the MOD Boscombe Down site, which has two runways, including the longest military runway in the UK. Its’ air ground-based facilities include an environmental test facility, hypobaric chamber, radio frequency environment generator, night vision test facility and avionic rigs. It is also home to the Empire Test Pilot School.



What do I need?


You’ll need experience in some of the following areas would be desirable, but not essential.


  • Relevant Qualifications or demonstrable experience in this area of work and of each of the standards e.g. a degree in a related field, year’s industry experience or any relevant certifications or chartership.
  • The management of time and prioritisation of activities to manage workload and pressure effectively
  • Experience working within rotary wing platforms such as Wildcat, Merlin and Chinook and or certification within a relevant area i.e. aerospace systems
  • would be highly desirable
  • Ability to plan based on need and in line with business strategy
  • Experience of managing a team of professionals
  • Understanding of flight physics, airframes and their capabilities and associated risks.



What will I be doing?


Using your skills and experience you will be responsible for providing Flight Physics Rotary Wing technical input to multi-disciplinary projects in line with customer requirements.


You will be responsible for:


  • Delivering Flight Physics specialist technical principals and advice, research, consultancy tasks, technical governance and in-depth commercial awareness in line with the customer requirement(s)
  • Assisting in the selection of airframes and assessment of capability such as safety and performance to the client (MOD)
  • Completing specific specialist technical activities
  • Appropriately utilising technical processes, methods and tools within the specialist area to deliver tasks
  • Integrity to make technical judgements based on the analysis of Flight Physics information.
  • Lead of very complex work or mentoring/leading of large teams


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.