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PA Consulting

Graduate Applied Scientist
Location Cambridge
Starts Sep 2021
Deadline 31 Dec 2020

Become a Graduate Applied Scientist

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world. As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Location: Cambridge

What you will be doing

We work with clients who want to gain a commercial edge by using new technologies in both new and established markets. 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, with a background in materials science, physics, chemistry, or biomedical engineering who want to go further than just ask the questions, but actually want to go from building prototypes to working with engineering teams to bring new products to market.

• 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 applied fundamental science to prototype, characterise and explore technology.

Do you get excited about working out how to peel pineapples moving at 6 metres per second? Do you want to build a machine to cool a can of beer to -2°C in less than 10 seconds? Can you put together an experiment to measure the electrical impedance of human skin in an afternoon?

We're looking for ‘hands on’ scientists that like nothing better than finding new ways of solving problems to provide a competitive edge for our client base across exciting industries like medtech, consumer electronics, defence, communications, FMCG and more.

This is a rare opportunity to work at the intersection of technical feasibility, business viability and consumer desirability. The range of work performed at the Global Innovation and Technology Centre is diverse and includes building models of complex physical systems to understand expected performance, creatively identifying new ways to solve technical challenges, designing and building experimental setups to test hypotheses and transferring this knowledge all the way through to product and process launches.

What you will have

The Applied Science group is looking for a graduate scientist with a background in a physical science or biomedical engineering and an interest in solving complex technology challenges. You should combine a strong theoretical and experimental background, ideally, coupled with some industrial exposure.

You should be:

  • You are on track for a 2:1 in a physical science, such as physics, chemistry, material science, or biomedical engineering, or related.
  • You are able to demonstrate a creative approach to problem solving.
  • You are excited to learn new technical skills and rapidly acquire domain expertise.
  • You are comfortable working in a hands-on lab setting and performing desk-based research or modelling.
  • You are interested in the cutting edge of science and technology and have a desire to apply these advances in practical applications.

Company benefits: • Private medical insurance • Travel allowance • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days • Company pension scheme • Annual performance-based bonus • Life and Income protection insurance • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn) • Additional optional benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

Learn more about PA Consulting

We are PA Consulting

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

An introduction to our firm

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

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.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

What can we offer you?

We offer a different kind of career opportunity. With us, you will have the chance to work with organisations worldwide to find answers to the questions that are shaping their future. The scope of our work provides extraordinary opportunities for you to develop your career in the direction you want.

Focussed on the success of our people, we offer significant responsibility early on, a clear career path supported by excellent training, and rapid progression for high performers. We deliver learning and development that will bring out your best and shape you as a leading expert in your field.

Our Graduate training programme

With us, you won’t have to wait to make your mark. We want to see what you’re capable of, which is why we will give you lots of responsibility from the outset. You will be given the freedom to think for yourself and contribute to projects in a meaningful way.

We hire graduates with up to two years’ experience directly into an entry-level Analyst role in their chosen business area or onto one of our rotational schemes, as we believe it’s best to build up your skills and experience in a real role from day one.

Think for yourself. Create with us.