Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Scientist


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Main Role

An early careers opportunity to join Smiths Detection as a Graduate Scientist with intent to further their knowledge and experience within an expanding Technology Projects team to facilitate scientific product development covering the following areas. If you enjoy time in the lab and relish experimental physics, this is the ideal role for you:

Smiths Detection – Making the world a safer place

Every minute of every day, our technology and talented team members help to make the world a safer place.

  • Product development for current and future chemical, explosives and narcotics detection products
  • Instrument and experimental design
  • Planning and execution of experiments
  • Analysis of data
  • Modelling
  • Formulation and presentation of conclusions
  • Report writing.

Main Responsibilities

With the support from The Technical Manager and the Chemistry & Applications Group Manager, you will:

  • Support with the provision of scientific input and guidance to the design, build and testing of experimental equipment
  • Support the planning and conduct research for the purposes of design
  • Collaborate as a team member to obtain an in-depth understanding of the development of the product and the documentation.
  • Analyse and review experimental data and theory and provide findings and guidance based on interpretation of data.
  • Actively communicate with team members within the local  team, other disciplines within the department and the wider Smiths Detection community to facilitate the work of the company.
  • Be responsible for personal health & safety of all that may be affected by your activities, arranging appropriate risk assessments whilst working internally & externally for Smiths Detection.

Technical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Our ideal candidates will:

  • Be results focused in order to achieve development schedule
  • Meet a high level of innovation and original research
  • Be a motivated and self-starting individual capable of driving themselves to succeed in project goals as part of a multi-disciplinary project team.
  • Work easily across cross-functional project teams 
  • Be a clear communicator, innovator, and analyser.

Education, Skills & Experience


  • A degree in Science is required as a minimum qualification
  • Collaborative team worker, individually motivated, able to work well without supervision, and committed to deadlines
  • Positive mindset with enthusiasm to succeed.


  • Good interpersonal and influencing skills that can be applied at all levels in Smiths Detection

Impact and Scope  

  • Has full access to proprietary information on projects, designs, and processes; interprets and applies company policy
  • Interfaces with other Smiths Detection departments including Project Teams, Service, key customers, suppliers and partnering organisations.

Why work at Smiths

  • Our people are an essential part of our success, and we believe in a fair and equitable workplace, where you enjoy being at work and your efforts to deliver for our customers are recognised.
  • We’re committed to employing talented people and enabling them to reach their full potential. We’ll work with you to help you be your best. And to achieve your career goals.
  • Our internal development programmes help you learn the business and build knowledge on key areas such as ethics, safety and unconscious bias.
  • Our people are our sustainable source of competitive advantage. Their hard work and passion brings our business to life. We seek to reward colleagues for their contributions and enable them to share in our success.
  • Flexible working optional
  • Diverse culture.

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How to Apply

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting Salary: £26,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Hemel Hempstead (Hertfordshire)
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Disciplines Accepted...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Nuclear
  • Physics

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