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Radar Cross-section (RCS) Operator / Analyst

Date: 11-May-2021

Location: Chichester, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

The Radar Cross Section (RCS) capability provides a measurement, analysis and advice service to the UK MOD for the radar signature management of platforms and their countermeasures in the Maritime and Air domains. The purpose of the role is to take part in RCS measurement trials and perform post trial analysis and reporting.

During measurement trials the role requires the operation of radar systems, acting as a trials officer aboard the naval platform being measured, or operation of stand-alone equipment to capture platform position and motion data.

Post-trial the incumbent will undertake the signature analysis and reporting using a bespoke analysis suite.


Job Description / person description Radar Cross-section (RCS) Operator / Analyst


Key accountabilities:

• Delivery of RCS measurements in accordance with the trials documentation and tasking. This may require deploying away from the home site, including on-board the platform being measured and operating the carry on-board equipment.

• Undertaking the analysis of RCS measurements and producing customer reports detailing the results of the analysis within the agreed time-scales. • Complying with all Health and Safety and Environmental requirements.

• Actively participating in the effective and efficient operation of the RCS facility including providing support to maintainer / operators as required and proactively working to implement process improvements when identified.

• Supporting the development of an enhanced RCS analysis tool set using MATLAB.

• Supporting the team in undertaking pre and post deployment balloon and kite operations for radar calibrations (in accordance with current CAA permission, the relevant risk assessments and Operating Framework documentation).

• Supporting and undertaking other RCS and antenna measurement activities on the fixed ranges in accordance with the procedures and the tasking. Essential Qualifications:


• A first degree in a numerate subject (e.g. Physics, Mathematics, Engineering). Knowledge, skills and Personal Qualities Required

• An interest in radar.

• Willingness to undertake radar measurements in the field.

• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office.

• Understanding and experience of using software-programming languages.

• Ability to analyse measurements and report on them in a clear and concise manner. The trials schedule is busy and often fluid therefore balancing the trials and the on-going analysis and reporting requires good communication and effective personal time management. Desirable behaviours:

• A team player with a can-do-attitude.

• Self-motivated, diligent and enthusiastic to tackle new and challenging tasks.

• Strive for scientific integrity and technical excellence.

• Adopts and follows the behaviours expected within QinetiQ at all times.


Desirable Knowledge/ Skills:

• Previous experience in radar or a related discipline

• Knowledge of electromagnetic waves and propagation theory.

• Knowledge of digital signal processing techniques.

• An ability to develop software (especially in MATLAB, C++ and BASIC).


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?




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. People around the world depend on us for their safety and security, and to enable the safety and security of others. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Our is 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, we get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Come and find out how you can play a role.