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ISTAR Science Graduate


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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.

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The Team:

UK Intelligence help our customers respond to ever evolving threats, based on our expertise in training, secure communication platforms, intelligence, surveillance and cyber security. We deliver Mission Winning Innovation into global defence, security, and critical national infrastructure markets.

The QinetiQ Cyber, Analysis and Mission Solutions (CAMS) discipline provides Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Domain Subject Matter Expert System Engineers, ISTAR System Architects and ISTAR Scientists into QinetiQ projects to deliver capability into Defence, Government and Industry both as Customer Friend (Advice Side) and Delivery Side agents.

The ISTAR Group is predominantly based in Farnborough, Malvern, Bristol and Lincoln with support from specialist staff from other QinetiQ sites.

The QinetiQ CAMS ISTAR Group currently supports a number of major projects and campaigns such as the Engineering Delivery Partnership (EDP), Defence Intelligence Rapid Innovation Capability (DI RIC), Maritime Warfare Operational Support Team (MWOST), Air Command, Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC), Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Centre (JEWOSC), Battlefield CIS (BATCIS), PICASSO Systems Integration Team (PSIT), Watchkeeper Army UAS, OSINT Innovation Partnership and many more both in the UK and internationally.

The Group is looking for a highly motivated Graduate Engineers to support a number of high-profile ventures. This is a great opportunity to join a high performing team in a dynamic, Agile delivery environment. This role could provide career progression opportunities to more senior roles within QinetiQ.

Key Activities:

  • Provide technical support into projects throughout the engineering lifecycle.
  • Support integration of innovation into existing capabilities using Waterfall and Agile methodologies.
  • Support research programmes to provide innovative solutions to emerging problems.
  • Provide support to specific equipment delivery programmes, through user workshop engagements, and support process change and management to enhance capability and/or reduce operator burden, operational risk and/or reduce through life costs.

Particular skills/experience:

  • Must have attained or working towards a degree in Physics, Maths.
  • Practical application of academic learning.
  • Proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Use of rapid-prototyping techniques to inform system design decisions.
  • Software Engineering toolset – LabVIEW and MATLAB desirable.
  • Self-motivated team member that takes ownership of tasking whilst operating collaboratively within a dynamic team.
  • Flexible approach to tasking, potentially be able to support multiple projects or tasks in a variety of stages of development i.e. concept development, requirements capture, design, delivery, verification and validation.
  • Be prepared to travel to customer and QinetiQ sites on a frequent basis to support project delivery.

Additional requirements:

  • Please be aware that many roles within QinetiQ will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.
  • You must be prepared to go through the Government Vetting process

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

In our unique working environment, teams from different backgrounds collaborate widely on some of the world’s most complex defence and security challenges. Whatever part you play, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies. It’s a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Together, we’ll explore new ways of protecting the world around us. 

Your wellbeing

Looking after the health and wellbeing of our employees are our top priority. 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.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: January 4th, 2023
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £27,500 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Farnborough (Hampshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Software

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