Associate Science Consultant

Date: 13 Sep 2023

Location: Gosport, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job title: Associate Science Consultant

Location: Haslar, Gosport

Company: QinetiQ

We are currently recruiting for an Associate Science Consultant within our Underwater Physiology team. The team specialises in diving and hyperbaric environments for the analysis of extreme environments.

You’ll be involved in the development of input to the Diving and Submarine Escape, Rescue, Abandonment and Survival capability areas. You’ll have the chance to train in a hands-on environment, supporting a diverse range of underwater projects across the QinetiQ portfolio. You will learn within a niche environment, to provide support for our military and commercial clients in the UK and overseas. You’ll also have the opportunity to work alongside our multi-disciplinary teams.

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to develop within a unique environment, working with a variety of client organisations. You’ll have the opportunity to work as part of a team on experimental studies for research and consultancy tasks. You’ll also be involved in some incredibly exciting experiments, which may include; laboratory-based experiments, use QinetiQ or customer-based facilities, as well as involvement with field trials.

What will I be doing?

Working in a team, you will be responsible for working in project teams. Supporting you in this hands-on role, you’ll provide support of physiological and physical aspects of diving and hyperbaric expertise into multi-disciplinary projects.


With hands-on learning, you will be responsible for:

  • Conduct H&SE and MoD diving investigations, with support and supervision initially from the diving principal scientist
  • Support diving principal scientist as MoD representative at Diving
    standards working groups. Provide advice to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for issues in diving and SMERAS issues in human physiology
  • Conduct analyses for diving and hyperbaric related research and consultancy tasks and diving equipment usage.
  • Aid in designing elements of trials to support equipment design and/or testing at various stages of development, covering such aspects as anthropometry human factors, work of breathing and assessment against standards and diving regulations.




What do I need?

You’ll need experience in some of the following areas:

  • A bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas;
    - Physics with a good understanding of biology (such as an A-level)
    - Physics with computing
    - Medical Physics

    - Biology with a good understanding of physics
  • Membership of and working towards chartership status with the Institute of Physics or the Royal Society of Biology

The following experience would be highly desirable:

  • Holding a Master’s degree or doctorate in a relevant field of study
  • Ideally, in combination with good Biology / Physiology A-level or a recognised Diving Medical Technician qualification
  • Domain Experience Including; Defence, Military diving, Military submarines, Commercial diving, Tunneling, Medical Hyperbarics
  • An understanding of Human Factors



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.