Systems Engineer (Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare) Farnborough 2024

Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Systems Engineer - Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare at our Farnborough site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.

The role

We are looking for a highly motivated Systems Engineer/Applied Scientist to support QinetiQ’s AASW team. AASW delivers to its clients a range of services across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines including research and development, independent and technical specialist advice and independent test and evaluation.

Delivered from the Farnborough based centre of excellence, the AASW team is internationally renowned for the practical application of its deep-domain knowledge. The team works closely with its customers to design and implement advanced solutions to address real-world challenges.

This includes the independent characterisation and performance evaluation of AASW acoustic systems requiring sensor simulation and aircraft stimulation with high fidelity test signals. The capability is supported by a deep understanding of acoustic processing systems and theory.

Opportunities to join and be ‘hands-on’ within this dynamic team are open to successful applicants. QinetiQ is seeking a range of skills and experience levels to fulfil a number of roles within this enduring UK Sovereign capability.

This is a full-time role, 37 hours per week and based at our Farnborough site. We flexible, adaptive working arrangements, however a proportion of the work is required to be carried out on site, due to the nature of the equipment and Labs used

Accountabilities of the Systems Engineer

  • Practical application of academic learning
  • Problem solving and the application of science underpinned by a tailored life-cycle approach e.g. Systems/Software Engineering Lifecycle.
  • Use of rapid-prototyping techniques to inform system design decisions.
  • Self-motivated team member that takes ownership of tasking whilst operating collaboratively within a dynamic team.
  • A desire to learn, broadening and sharing knowledge within this exciting domain is essential, to increase team expertise and resilience

About you

Essential experience of the Systems Engineer

  • Software Engineering toolset – LabVIEW and MATLAB desirable.

Qualifications for the Systems Engineer/Applied Scientist

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in Physics, Maths, Oceanography, Electronics or relevant engineering discipline.

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

Our benefits

  • Adaptive and flexible working
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community

Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those which help the defence community.

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 a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture.

About QinetiQ

As a company of thousands of 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 who 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, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.

Application guidance

If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence.

We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

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