Materials Physicist Industrial Placement Farnborough 2024

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It’s an exciting time to join one of our Early Careers programmes at QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join our team, whether you are taking your first steps in starting a career or you are looking to make a career change, we have a wide range of exciting opportunities for you.

The team

Applied Science

Our Applied Science team are a multi-disciplinary team who are involved on a range of critical Customer projects and our work encompasses world-leading research (exploring the ‘art of the possible’) to comprehensive evaluation and testing of systems and components - as well as supporting the training of Service personnel. Our work can involve the modelling of scenarios, but, a key part of your work is likely to involve working in laboratories and facilities which are often unique in the work undertaken and safe-working in these areas is paramount.

Our EM & Acoustics Group works at the forefront of science & technology in the world of applied physics, mathematics, engineering and material science. In our Group, we develop novel technologies and carry out research, development and experimentation for both commercial partners and the UK Ministry of Defence. Our work is critical to advancing the technologies and materials available as well as their application to the end user.

The primary focus of our Year in Industry Applied Physics and Applied Engineering roles are to work with our core teams to investigate material options and their respective performance when subjected to customer-specific operational scenarios. This can range from the identification of suitable materials to be used to repair damage underwater; to inspection and quality assurance compliance testing of supply chain products to validate their readiness for operational usage. Another avenue of work is to improve the breadth of testing capabilities offered by QinetiQ to customers both existing and new to make sure we keep pace with an ever evolving world.

Neither the Applied Physics nor Applied Engineering roles are purely one or the other – affording the successful candidate the opportunity to gain and apply knowledge from across the STEM spectrum to a wide range of project scenarios and customer requirements.


Academic requirements

You will need to be studying towards at least a 2:2 in a degree with a key focus on any of the disciplines listed below:

  • Physics

Additional requirements

  • Integrated masters students preferred but not essential
  • Ability to understand & undertake Fourier transforms desirable
  • Material Science modules highly desirable
  • This must be part of your degree course which requires an industrial placement.


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

Please note that under immigrations rules, our Early Careers roles do not meet the legal threshold for candidates who are residents of the UK on student visas.

Why join QinetiQ?

As a global company of over 6,000 dedicated people providing technological and scientific expertise, we are excited to recruit the most talented and enthusiastic people to become key parts of our business. Our Early Careers programmes give you the opportunity to be at the heart of impactful projects.

Diversity and inclusion

We believe in a workplace where everyone feels like they belong, one that provides a sense of inclusion across the entire organisation regardless of background, culture or identity.

To achieve this, we are building a workplace and culture where everyone can be authentic, feel valued and realise their full potential. We are inspired by each other, enjoying the exploratory journey we are on, and recognising the impact we have on the safety and security of the world around us. It helps build life-time relationships between QinetiQ and our people and is essential for our business performance.

Your wellbeing

Looking after the health and wellbeing of our employees are our top priority. We encourage good physical and mental health, which is critical to our collective and individual success. We offer a host of services designed to support your wellbeing. They range from our Thrive app and Employee Assistance Programme to Mental Health First Aiders. The wellbeing of our employees is critical to our collective and individual success

Rewards and benefits

We offer global career progression and the opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting projects along with a wide range of rewards and recognition. Our highly competitive salaries come with a raft of benefits, from a performance-based Employee Incentive Scheme to Thank Q, our global recognition scheme. There’s also a Share Incentive Plan, Life Assurance and Benefits+, our flexible benefits package. It’s all designed to make life easier for you.

About QinetiQ

With a focus on protecting the world around us, our goal is to be a Net-Zero company by 2050 or sooner and we have set near-term emissions reduction targets to help us deliver this ambition.

As part of our commitment to the environment, many of our sites have significant protected conservation areas of national and international importance. We take our stewardship of these conservation areas very seriously, balancing complex trials with careful protection of rare flora and fauna across these 53 important locations.

Being a responsible and sustainable business is at the heart of our identity.

Come and find out how you can play your part.

DEADLINE 29th January 2024