Physicist - Instrumentation

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  • 10 Back Ln, Melbourn, Royston SG8 6DP, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

We’re an innovation and transformation consultancy that believes in the power of ingenuity to build a positive-human future in a technology-driven world. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking with breakthrough-technologies to progress further, faster.

PA offers a career in consulting, not just a job; a stake in our firm; and an environment where individuals and ideas matter. We also offer all of our engineering professionals career progression and tailored training to equip them with the tools they need to tackle complex and challenging projects through their careers.

Job Description

Applied Science at PA

Our Global Innovation and Technology Centre in Cambridge is the heart of PA’s international network of design, engineering and innovation centres. It’s where we turn ingenious ideas into physical and digital reality.

From medical devices to manufacturing equipment, from consumer products to digital experiences, it’s where we create, prototype, test and build technology-based solutions to our clients' most important challenges.

The Applied Sciences team uses fundamental science to support early stage and proof of concept projects, ultimately answering the question, “Is this possible?” For this we need scientists who want to go further than just asking questions by actually building prototypes and working in multi-disciplinary teams to realise solutions.

  • We translate science and technology into commercially viable break-out products and processes

  • We give our clients a true competitive edge by providing the data to make rational product development decisions

  • We do this by the practical application of physics and chemistry to prototype, characterise and explore technology at the basic scientific level

We are looking for like-minded ‘hands on’ scientists that like nothing better than delivering a product solution that provides a competitive edge for our client base across exciting industries like healthcare, consumer electronics, defence, communications, FMCG and more.

Applied Sciences Makes a Difference

As part of a wide mutltidisciplinary team, our Applied Science Physicists developed a new diagnostic platform for medical use. This involved multiple technical inputs including thermal and optical modelling, hardware design, prototype and test

We developed a flexible automated test bed to allow a multinational beverage brand to improve their quality control. Working with mechanical and electronic engineers we designed and built a flexible machine which enabled automated control and monitoring of critical processes. This included automated recording and replaying of high speed video, flow, pressure and temperature data providing non-technical users with a means of diagnosing and exploring issues to a depth that was not previously possible.


About You

To rise to the challenge this Physicist, Instrumentation role brings, you will have a strong academic background in Physics that will enable you to draw on a solid understanding of fundamental physical principles and apply them to challenging real world problems.

We are also looking for:

  • Familiarity with a range of instrumentation, measurement and metrology tools and their application to materials analysis and characterisation in diverse offline and inline applications.

  • Expertise in developing tools, techniques and methods for measuring physical characteristics.

  • A hands-on approach to establishing requirements, identifying priorities and planning work packages to understand the context and challenges of the many and diverse questions that our clients ask us.

  • Extensive experience of collecting and analysing data in a logical and rigorous fashion.

  • Familiarity with data processing and presentation using tools such as Matlab, LabVIEW, Python, Minitab, R.

  • Industrial experience gained in a research and development role in a high technology organisation, preferably working with other scientists or engineers from other disciplines.

  • Excellent communication skills in order to collaborate with and present to multidisciplinary teams

Additional Information

The Offer

We offer the opportunity to work on purposeful projects with incredible people, competitive salary, pension and bonus scheme, clear pathways to progression, and a thriving learning culture. Benefits include:

  • Consistent training, development and career progression

  • Flexible healthcare plans for you and your family

  • Competitive leave allowances

  • Flexible WFH / WFO policy

  • Access to a range of networks, centring LGBTQ+ people, women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds, and more

It’s an environment that is energetic and fast-paced, that values collaboration, curiosity and treating people fairly. If that sounds like somewhere you want to work, get in touch.

Diversity Enables Ingenuity

Our diversity strengthens us and stimulates a rich, creative environment where our people feel empowered to be themselves. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to PA’s goals, no matter their background. Together, we are PA — Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process — at any time — don’t hesitate to contact us on [email protected]

Job information

Firm: PA Consulting

Location: Melbourn