Graduate Applied Physicist

Melbourn, United Kingdom
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Global Innovation and Technology Centre, Back Lane, Melbourn, Hertfordshire, SG8 6DP, United Kingdom, Melbourn SG8 6DP, GB


Company description

This role is closing on Friday 12th January.

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists.

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job description

Our Graduates Make a Difference 

As a physicist at PA, you’ll be able to apply what you have learned to real world challenges – this could be any part of your degree or science you have never seen before. Our scientists are constantly learning about their craft and broadening their knowledge, working alongside colleagues who all have a passion for using what they know, every day.

Joining us as a graduate is a big step. If you want to make use of the specialist skills your degree has given you, we want you to be bold, stay curious and dive into the opportunities we have to offer. 

We can’t tell you everything we are doing at the moment – there’s not enough space! Some of the core capabilities our graduate scientists support are:

Making Science real

We help clients understand, contextualise and mature science from a blank sheet of paper to real world products and capabilities. We do this by understanding what the problem is that they are really trying to solve, and how we can use the whole palette of techniques available within science to do this. Our breadth spans the creation of new kinds of radio receiver based on atomic gases , showing quantum computes can help make better decisions , to working with exciting start-ups to accelerate the development of affordable cell and gene therapies , which is set to revolutionise the healthcare industry.

Enabling sustainability

The world needs products and processes that are more sustainable and make more efficient use of resources. We develop novel materials as replacements for single use plastics, novel sensors and sensing systems to help us make more intelligent use of resources ; we support public sector, start-ups and the world’s largest corporates in understanding and achieving their sustainability ambitions.

Creating new medical devices and therapies

We develop new medical device s and the manufacturing processes that help save lives. We supported the UK’s Ventilator challenge – massively scaling the supply base for ventilators during the pandemic – everyone who needed a ventilator got one, and made use of our physics base to create a new way to test autoinjectors – saving time, energy and resources in developing these lifesaving technologies.

There are so many more stories we’d love to share with you, but you’ll have to come talk to us to find out more!


About You   

We expect you to have a combination of:

  • BSc in Physics or related discipline
  • The curiosity to learn about new technologies and new markets
  • Enthusiasm for solving problems
  • A passion for using your knowledge in context– not just applying rote learning
  • The versatility to apply your skills to new technical areas and work as part of a multidisciplinary group
  • The ability to communicate what you know to experts and non-experts alike
  • A pro-active approach to getting stuff done!

And ideally:

  • Commercial or academic experience in a particular area of physics outside your degree
  • A specific area of interest for example, optics, materials, fluids, quantum systems
  • Strong practical and desk-based research or modelling skills

This is an exciting opportunity to apply science in situations which will ultimately lead to real-world innovation.  

The Offer  

  • A real chance to use any and all areas of your physics degree to solve real-world problems 
  • A unique role striding a huge breadth of technologies and sectors
  • Your work base will be our Global Innovation & Technology Centre, Melbourn, Cambridge
  • Hybrid/Flexible working approach 
  • Salary potential: £30,500
  • Full time  
  • This role will start in Autumn 2024

Additional information

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work.

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

Find out more about Life at PA here .

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits:

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family
  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Generous company pension scheme
  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • PA share ownership
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

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Job information

Firm: PA Consulting

Location: Melbourn, United Kingdom