Senior Technical Advisor: Visual performance and assessment

  • Job Reference: 12147
  • Date Posted: 6 January 2021
  • Employer: QinetiQ
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  • Location: Farnborough, Hampshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description


Senior Technical Advisor: Visual Performance and Assessment

Farnborough, GU14 0LX

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Senior Technical Advisor in the fields of human visual performance, photometry and lasers to join our leading Global Defence Technology & Security organisation based at our headquarters in Hampshire within our camouflage and stealth department.

You will be a part of QinetiQ's Electro-optic Sciences team within Applied Sciences with active involvement in developing bespoke solutions for novel applications across the breadth of QinetiQ's business.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead technical tasks in human vision, both experimental and basic computational modelling, as applied to camouflage problems;
  • Develop the team's capability in photometry, laser and other sources of optical radiation their effects upon vision including those that impact eye safety;
  • Write ethics protocols for studies involving human participants;
  • Contribute to capability growth, including mentoring, training and guiding others;
  • Provide advice and consultancy for internal and external programmes and bids;
  • Manage facilities and laboratories containing unique and high value equipment;
  • Contribute ideas and concepts for internal investment and business growth;
  • Be accountable for managing your own time and technical progress in order to meet agreed goals and deadlines;
  • Offer technology and advice support in the areas of human vision, photometry and laser safety.

Key Knowledge, Skills & Requirements:

  • Recognised SME in laser effects upon vision, or laser metrology, or laser eye protection;
  • Extensive experience (at least 10 years) working with both MoD and industrial vision science or laser safety experts;
  • Good understanding of laser effects upon the human body (eyes, skin, consequences of over-exposure for health), and /or track record in human vision science;
  • Detailed knowledge of laser and optical radiation safety standards e.g. BS EN 60825-1 and related standards;
  • Knowledge of radiometry and photometry, both fundamental measurement concepts and practical aspects;
  • Extensive experience of research programmes involving vision trials;
  • Experience of laboratory management;
  • Skilled in writing technical proposals, reports or papers and of technical communication;
  • Tangible record of technically leading tasks or teams;
  • Preferably qualified to PhD level, or at least 10 years' experience in experimental visual science;
  • British National, willing and able to attain MOD SC level clearance

Why join us?

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there's never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success with QinetiQ is the appetite for innovation and courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges. Joining QinetiQ offers an opportunity to work on highly technical cutting-edge projects, enabling customers to protect, improve and advance their vital interests. We offer an opportunity to work across a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.

Apply Today:

If you feel you meet the criteria for this position and would like to be considered, please apply with your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating your suitability for the position and we will be in contact.