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Senior Scientist (Radar) - Radar & EW

Date: 30-Apr-2021

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ has a rich heritage, deep knowledge and a wide breadth of expertise across the Radar and Electronic Warfare (EW) domains.  We have exciting roles to offer to in the development of the next generation of sensors in the fields of developing Radar and EW algorithms, processing, techniques and products.


Role Purpose

You will join the radar component of our Radar and Electronic Warfare team which has unrivalled expertise in the UK. Our work includes sensor design, research and development of signal processing/machine learning algorithms and automatic image exploitation, customer support activity in all radar domains, ground-based and airborne radar modelling and waveform design and development of demonstrator systems.


These activities enable our customers to exploit new technologies, improve sensor and system performance and provide specialist advice to assist in the procurement of new radar capabilities.


Key Accountabilities

  • Exercise considerable discretion on a variety of complex assignments.
  • Perform engineering/technical assignments requiring the integration of a wide range of engineering/technical disciplines.
  • Research customer’s needs and requirements to align outputs.
  • Work directly with customers to ensure successful delivery and identify new business.
  • Promote innovation, inventiveness and standards of excellence within the delivery and/or capture teams.


Key Capabilities/Knowledge

Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrable expertise in one or more applicable areas of Radar and/or passive RF sensing, particularly in a military context.
  • Able to provide technical guidance and direction for his/her area of specialisation and to act as a coach or mentor to junior members of the team.
  • Able to make evaluative judgements on the analysis of factual information.
  • Specifically, demonstrable experience in a number of the following areas is required:
    • Radar waveform design and detection, tracking and recognition of targets in Air, Land and Maritime domains;
    • System requirements, design solutions, testing and performance of current and future ground-based, maritime or airborne radar systems;
    • Design, build, and test of prototype radar systems;
    • Use and development of radar modelling and assessment tools and analysis of radar data;
    • Algorithm development using MATLAB, IDL, Python or through theoretical development of ideas;
    • Simulation or demonstrator development using C, C++, Java or Simulink.
  • Expertise with some or all of the following would be desirable, but not essential:
    • Passive RF sensing and geolocation techniques (e.g. interferometric direction finding, Time Difference of Arrival);
    • Electronic Protection Measures;
    • Electromagnetic environment and its impact on radar and communication systems;
    • Understanding of communications systems including RF propagation, modulation schemes (analogue and digital), coding techniques;
    • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging;
    • Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP);
    • Moving Target Indication (MTI);
    • Automatic Target Recognition (ATR).


Problem Solving

  • Able to recognise and resolve complex problems that do not have routine solutions, highlighting key facts and breaking down complex information to component parts.
  • Demonstrable success shaping and delivering solutions that require the integration of a wide range of engineering/ technical disciplines.
  • Application of sound judgement based on sophisticated analysis, interpretive thinking and comparison of complex alternatives.


Domain Understanding

  • Commercial and market awareness to support development of future opportunities and alignment of delivery against contractual constraints.
  • An understanding of the MOD procurement cycle and acquisition process would be desirable.
  • Significant experience working with a range of defence customers and/or industry partners would be advantageous.


Interpersonal Skills

  • Strong communication and diplomacy skills are required to guide, influence and convince others, including external customers/ agencies.
  • Able to lead medium to large teams on large or complex tasks.


Experience and Qualifications

  • A first degree in Science or Engineering, or an equivalent, nationally recognised, professional qualification, with typically 9-12 years of 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 would be expected to have fulfilled the requirements to attain full professional membership of a relevant body or similar accreditation.
  • Demonstrable experience working as part of technical and non-technical teams. Including joint ownership of goals and accomplishments and individual contributions towards those.
  • The successful candidate will be required to undertake and maintain appropriate security clearance. For certain projects this would be at a Developed Vetting (DV) level.



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.