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Synthetic Environments and Simulation Engineer

Date: 18-May-2023

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

We are seeking talented Engineers to join our Synthetic Environments and Simulation team, a vibrant group of engineers from a range of scientific, mathematical and creative backgrounds.

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.

QinetiQ System Engineers bring together technical solutions following best practice through the engineering lifecycle. System engineers may operate at whole system level, working with customers on use cases and context of use, requirements, project engineering and technical assurance plans; or work in a particular sector of the delivery lifecycle, such as design, integration, test, in-service or through life support. System engineers are hands on and core members of the engineering team.


This opportunity is to grow our systems engineering team supporting the development of bespoke training and rehearsal systems.



As part of our continued focus and investment in Training and Mission Rehearsal, we are looking for individuals who can provide subject matter expertise and/or lead the delivery of technical and engineering output across a range of customer projects, internal investments or strategic captures.

As the systems engineer you may be looking at one or more of overall architecture, requirements, use cases, work structure, sub/system specifications/integration, statements of work for partners, interface definition, design traceability, test, verification and certification.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

We are particularly interested in individuals with broad understanding of modelling and simulation concepts and technologies. You are likely to have an interest in simulation or gaming, MOD training, rehearsal or experimentation. You will have an ability to rapidly assimilate knowledge of relevant technology solutions and system considerations when integrated together into an overall capability. This might include knowledge and skills in some of the following areas:

  • Simulator interoperability standards including Distributed and federated simulation (DIS).
  • Tactical environment simulation. Including knowledge and understanding of threat representation or environment modelling and associated tools/ technologies such as Image Generation and visualisation of tactical or geospatial information. Experience with games engines such as VBS or Unity may be beneficial.
  • Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) blends. Concepts and principles underpinning LVC systems for Operational Training or Test & Evaluation, including awareness of how simulations can safely and effectively interact with operational communications, command and control systems.
  • Future and emerging technologies: Awareness of future technology trends, able to explore new concepts through technology-based research, and able to create appropriate solutions using novel and emerging technologies that meet future capability requirements.

You will have experience of writing/contributing to technical documentation and experience of using system engineering methodologies.


Essential Qualifications

A degree in Science or Engineering, or an equivalent nationally recognised, professional qualification, with further on the job experience and growth of key skills, working in the domain and backed up with a tangible track record of achievement. Holders will be expected to have fulfilled the requirements to attain full professional membership of a relevant body or similar accreditation. Candidates may have a background in Systems Engineering, Systems Integration or Software Engineering.

Demonstrable success shaping and delivering solutions that require technical leadership and risk management across a range of engineering and technical disciplines, particularly where they have involved development of simulations and synthetic environments for training, research or decision support.

Experience identifying and managing technical risk as well as awareness of wider considerations for bidding and project delivery, such as commercial, financial, security and intellectual property.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a vetting process and maintain appropriate security clearance.


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

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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.