Work Placement / Internship

Aerospace Engineering Year in Industry Placement – Flight Physics

Start Date: September 2020

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‘QinetiQ is a leading science and engineering company operating primarily in the defence, security and critical infrastructure markets. We offer our customers world-class expertise through our services and innovative technology-based products. Our people proactively understand our customers’ current and future needs and create and enable solutions at greater pace to meet current, adjacent and emergent threats. Why don’t you join some of the world’s finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today?’

What we do

QinetiQ is a company of over 6,000 people dedicated to being on the side of their customers.


In the Aerospace Engineering discipline we are looking for Year in Industry (YII) students wanting a career in aircraft test and evaluation to join our team of over 120 experts. You will start to develop the skills needed to contribute to the delivery of a wide range of programmes for military, government and commercial customers which will include providing advice on the safety and fitness for purpose of manned and unmanned air vehicles.

As a Flight Physicist you will assess and report on the performance and flying qualities of aircraft using data from modelling, simulation, wind tunnel testing and flight testing. You will build up a good understanding of aircraft performance and flying qualities for a range of different platform types.

Duties & Responsibilities

You could be responsible for:
  • Conducting evidence based desktop data analysis and making judgements on the safety and fitness for purpose of air platforms in the field of aircraft performance and flying qualities.
  • Developing substantiated recommendations and writing reports
  • Understanding the role of various types of aircraft and working closely with Test Pilots and military customers and colleagues
  • Supporting flight test activities within QinetiQ or with an aircraft manufacturer as part of a Combined Test Team either in the UK or internationally.
Joining QinetiQ you would:
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams delivering projects to a wide range of military, government and commercial customers
  • Determine the best way for our customers to deliver military or civil capability
  • Be part of a YII student programme allowing you to develop your technical expertise whilst getting the opportunity to experience a wider range of experience as well.
  • Get access to training to develop your technical and leadership skills
  • Get the opportunity to support community projects, for example acting as a STEM ambassador to local schools.

Entry Requirements

To apply for the role you MUST meet the following criteria:

  • On track to attain a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or a related degree
  • Have a keen interest in and understanding of aviation
  • Be willing to learn, and have demonstrated an aptitude for learning at pace
  • Be good at working with a range of people and be a good communicator
  • Have a keen interest in technology and engineering
  • Hold full British Citizenship.

Please be aware that this role is subject to both security & export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that you must hold full British citizenship and obtain the right to stay and work within the UK. Restrictions may also mean that any dual or previous nationalities held can affect the roles in which you can perform within QinetiQ.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 10843
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £15,000 + Benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Boscombe Down (Wiltshire)
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Aerospace
  • Cyber Security
  • Electronic
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing

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