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Senior Scientist - Radar and Electronic Warfare

Date: 21-Jul-2021

Location: Portsmouth, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Primarily working in defence, QinetiQ provides Subject Matter Expertise to support its customers in understanding the performance and capability of their combat systems, predominantly in the Maritime domain. With the explosion in technology advances, improved communication and data transfer services and the advance of unmanned vehicles and autonomous systems, this new fast-paced world requires us to be able to advise and support our customers in a more agile way. To achieve this we research, explore, model, design, prototype, test and assess existing and new sensor and combat system technologies. Primarily working in defence, we have roles to offer, across all levels of experience, which will ensure the UK’s capability both now and in the future.

 

Based at our Portsdown Technology Park office, you will become part of the modelling, analysis and simulation team providing technical services and the expertise to produce advice and support and to develop innovative solutions for our customers in the area of sensing and situational awareness; primarily for the maritime domain. This includes carrying out sensor modelling, waveform design and algorithm development for radar and communication systems, design and running of demonstrator systems and data analysis to determine sensor and system performance. These activities help our customers advance future technologies, improve sensor and system performance for Maritime platforms and help advise the Royal Navy and wider Ministry of Defence on the performance of the in-service, and future, capability.

 

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 on one or more applicable areas of Radar, particularly in a military context
  • Able to provide technical guidance and direction for their 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 knowledge/ capability in a number of the following areas is required:
    • Radar waveform design, detection, tracking and recognition of targets in Air, Land or Maritime domains
    • Electromagnetic environment and its impact on radar and communication systems
    • System requirements, design solutions, testing and performance of current and future naval radar systems
    • Use and development of radar modelling and assessment tools and analysis of radar data
  • Expertise with some of the following would be desirable, but not essential:
    • Radar cross section (RCS) measurement
    • Algorithm development using Matlab, IDL, Python or through theoretical development of ideas
    • Simulation or demonstrator development using C, C++, Java or Simulink

 

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 security clearance

 

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, 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 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, 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.