Laser & Optical Physics Teams Farnborough 2024

It’s an exciting time to be part of QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join us as we continue to grow into new markets around the world. We currently have many opportunities and would love to hear from candidates who are interested in joining us now or in the future.

If there is alignment between your skills and the opportunities currently available, we will be contact. Should there not be anything suitable at present, with your permission, we will keep your CV on file for consideration as future roles become available.

Opportunities in QinetiQ’s Laser & Optical Physics teams

The Laser & Optical Physics teams at QinetiQ Farnborough and Malvern are looking to add enthusiastic and talented individuals to their team of subject matter experts. Through your experience of optical systems and transferable skills you will be actively involved in delivering cutting-edge research relating to novel High Energy Laser systems. Training in the exciting and growing technology of High energy Laser systems will be provided.

If your skills fit one of our opportunities, we’ll be in contact. If we don’t have a role that’s right for you at the moment, we’ll keep your CV on file for possible opportunities in the future.

What does the Laser & Optical Physics team do?

The team’s primary focus is driving and supporting QinetiQ’s efforts in the UK Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) space. If you are keen to see some of our work the ‘Dragonfire’ system has recently received press attention.

Day to day, we work on technologies ranging from first-demonstration prototypes to complete systems like Dragonfire. In the team you will design and build experimental setups, employ systems engineering principles, assemble, integrate and test systems, develop technological strategy, and provide bid-winning support to the business.

Varied career paths are a part of life at QinetiQ. You could specialise in a key skill or particular domain, or work on systems across the business. With increasing demand for Laser and Optical Scientists across our business, your transferable skills and experience are highly desired.

What kind of person are we looking for?

Someone who…

  • Is enthusiastic about photonics
  • Is able to learn whilst on the job and adapt quickly
  • Has a passion for solving problems
  • Enjoys working as part of a team
  • Is able to work independently

Are you just starting you career as a professional scientist?

Looking for your first role and have some experience in Lasers and Optics? Your talents may be a good match for our team. We recruit scientists with transferable skillsets and areas of application. You may have experience in areas such as Optical design, Optical modelling, Machine vision and control, Laser development, sensing, Laser test and evaluation, and much more. Although we will aim to utilise your existing experience you can expect ongoing development to help you excel and advance.

Typical responsibilities would include:

  • Generating technical reports and presenting the results
  • Providing input to larger projects as part of a team of subject matter experts
  • Planning, development, and deployment of optical systems in the lab and in the field
  • Deployment to trial sites across the UK

Why we’re different

  • Our people. Our employees make the critical difference to customers by providing unique answers which combine technical expertise, deep domain knowledge and rigorous independent thinking.
  • Our independence. QinetiQ is not a manufacturer, and we stand apart from the supply chain. It’s our rigorous independent thinking that helps our customers achieve their goals.
  • Our breadth of capability. Our customers face challenges that define the modern world. They know we are uniquely placed to understand these issues and work with them to ensure the success of their mission or reach their objectives.
  • Our relationships with customers. Our prized possession is trust. Customers around the world rely on the drive and dedication of our people to help them meet their goals – often in environments where there is no second chance for failure.
  • Our partnerships. We use partnerships and alliances to accelerate compelling business development strategies and sustainable earnings growth. By licensing our intellectual property we reduce implementation and sales risk, and speed up time-to-market by using third party sales channels.

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

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