Chemistry Graduate Gosport 2024

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A chemist qualified to degree level or higher to work within the QinetiQ Chemistry (Atmospheres) team. The team provide air purification and atmosphere monitoring support to the MOD, overseas navies and commercial organisations that operate in challenging enclosed environments such as submarines, ships and armoured fighting vehicles.

The role involves the practical laboratory investigation of technologies to maintain a safe breathable atmosphere. The post-holder will identify technology with potential for use in sealed environments, design and build test apparatus, conduct laboratory assessments and present findings to customers in Technical Reports.

Tasks involve instrumental chemical analysis, gas monitor evaluation and enclosed ventilation system computer modelling. Occasional off‑site working is required to provide service support to atmosphere monitoring equipment on submarines alongside or undertake gas concentration measurements during equipment trials.

Successful outcomes of this role

  • Understand customer requirements and deliver technical work to quality, time and budget.
  • Expand the range and volume of the work undertaken by the Chemistry (Atmospheres) team.
  • Achieve the scale-up of novel air purification concepts into Technology Demonstrators for field evaluation.


  • Provide innovative solutions to customer requirements.
  • Develop and maintain atmosphere control technical knowledge.

About you

Essential education, qualifications and training

  • Good degree or higher degree in chemistry.
  • Experience of instrumental analysis and/or contaminant removal technologies would be advantageous.

Essential knowledge, skills and experience required

  • Full UK driving license.
  • Sole UK Nationality.

Essential personal qualities and behavioural requirements

  • A team player with the ability to work without constant supervision.
  • A flexible approach and strong drive to achieve results.
  • Able to meet QinetiQ corporate behaviours of Listen, Focus and Keep my Promises.

Desirable criteria

  • Working towards membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


  • In accordance with our National Security Vetting requirements, all applicants must also be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum. 


The role is laboratory-based in Gosport, Hampshire, UK. Although there is some flexibility in remote working (for example, during report writing or training), most of the time the candidate will be expected to be on site.

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.

DEADLINE 11th April 2024