Physicist - Defence & Security

Melbourn, United Kingdom
Functional areas
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Back Lane, Melbourn SG8, GB


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

PA Consulting helps defence clients utilise technology to gain accelerate science to practice in new and established markets. As the world changes at an ever increasing rate.

PA’s clients use our technical expertise to think differently and disruptively in order to get ahead of the curve. Our physicists use a broad base of fundamental science to develop new technology concepts, understand how to bring them to reality, and then do it - ultimately answering the question, “Is this possible?” For this we need scientists who want to be creative in their use of physics, who can make complex technical concepts real, and who are happy with putting theory into practice.

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

We do this by helping our clients understand the real world implications of the latest scientific developments through concept development, modelling and experimentation

At PA we are looking for like-minded ‘hands on’ scientists that like nothing better than working in multidisciplinary teams to deliver differentiated generation after next capabilities for our clients


· A strong academic background in applied and theoretical Physics – you will be someone who can draw on a solid understanding of a broad range of fundamental physical principles and apply them to challenging real world problems.

· Demonstrable experience in and enthusiasm for applying physics and/or mathematics to address real-world challenges, primarily in defence but with an awareness of other sectors

· Experience, preferably to PhD level, in the development and application of “generation after next” technologies for example quantum computing, information theory, metamaterials, novel communications and/or sensing systems

· Industrial experience gained in a research and development role in a high technology organisation, preferably leading research studies comprising other scientists or engineers from other disciplines

· An ability to view novel physics in a systems context – understanding how a scientific core can be built in to a complex capability

· A hands on approach to developing experiments, based on solid scientific principles, that allow demonstration of the scientific “core” of a capability

· Extensive experience of collecting and analysing information in a logical and rigorous fashion.

· Excellent communication skills in order to collaborate with and present to multidisciplinary teams – both technical and non-technical

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.

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Job information

Firm: PA Consulting

Location: Melbourn, United Kingdom