Senior Scientist - Radar & EW
QinetiQ
Malvern, GB
10h ago

QinetiQ comprises teams of dedicated people; experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets. We draw on our extensive technical knowledge and intellectual property to provide the know-how and support to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Our people make the critical difference to customers by providing unique approaches to problem solving. Why don’t you join some of the world’s finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today?

Job description / Person specification

You will join the radar component of our Radar and Electronic Warfare team which has unrivalled expertise in the UK. Our work includes sensor design, research and development of demonstrator systems, customer support activity in all radar domains, ground-based and airborne radar modelling and waveform design, as well as development of signal processing algorithms and automatic image exploitation.

These activities enable our customers to exploit new technologies, improve sensor and system performance and provide specialist advice to assist in the procurement of new radar capabilities.

Key Accountabilities :

  • Exercise considerable discretion on a variety of complex assignments requiring the integration of a wide range of engineering / technical disciplines.
  • Apply sound judgement based on sophisticated analysis, interpretive thinking and comparison of complex alternatives.
  • Research customer’s needs and requirements to align outputs. Work directly with customers to ensure successful delivery and identify new business.
  • Promote innovation, inventiveness and standards of excellence within the delivery and / or capture teams.
  • Functional Knowledge :

    Expertise in one or more applicable areas of Radar and / or passive RF sensing, particularly in a military context. Specifically, demonstrable experience that can be applied to a number of the following areas is required :

  • Radar waveform design and detection, tracking and recognition of targets in Air, Land and Maritime domains;
  • System requirements, design solutions, testing and performance of current and future ground-based, maritime or airborne radar systems;
  • Design, build, and test of prototype radar systems, including simulation or demonstrator development using C, C++, Java or Simulink.
  • Use and development of radar modelling and assessment tools and analysis of radar data;
  • Algorithm development using MATLAB, IDL, Python or through theoretical development of ideas;
  • Expertise in a number of the following would be desirable, but not essential :

  • Electromagnetic environment and its impact on radar and communication systems;
  • Passive RF sensing and geolocation techniques (e.g. interferometric direction finding, Time Difference of Arrival);
  • Understanding of communications systems including RF propagation, modulation schemes (analogue and digital), coding techniques;
  • Electronic Protection Measures;
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging;
  • Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP);
  • Moving Target Indication (MTI);
  • Automatic Target Recognition (ATR).
  • Domain Understanding :

  • Commercial and market awareness to support development of future opportunities and alignment of delivery against contractual constraints.
  • An understanding of the MOD procurement cycle and acquisition process would be desirable.
  • Significant experience working with a range of defence customers and / or industry partners would be advantageous.
  • Interpersonal Skills :

  • Strong communication and diplomacy skills are required to guide, influence and convince others, including external customers / agencies.
  • Able to lead medium to large teams on large or complex tasks.
  • Able to provide technical guidance and direction for his / her area of specialisation and to act as a coach or mentor to junior members of the team.
  • Experience and Qualifications :

  • A first degree in Science or Engineering, or an equivalent, nationally recognised, professional qualification with further relevant experience backed up with a tangible track record of achievement.
  • Holders would be expected to have fulfilled the requirements to attain full professional membership of a relevant body or similar accreditation.
  • The successful candidate will be required to undertake and maintain appropriate security clearance. For certain projects this may be at a Developed Vetting (DV) level.
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