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As a Physicist within the Industrial, Consumer and Energy division you will work as part of multi-disciplinary teams on a wide range of challenging projects, bringing to bear your deep physical understanding in areas such as; optics, electromagnetism and sensor technologies to design and develop the next generation of breakthrough products.

We will consider a range of experience levels for physicist roles – both new graduates and seasoned technical leads are encouraged to apply. At all levels we actively promote your progression and help you to tailor a career path that builds on and extends your individual skills and interests.

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Role Description

Physicists work alongside electronic, software and mechanical engineers, designers and project managers on client assignments, often on more than one project simultaneously and in different team roles. They apply their understanding of technical fundamentals to establish what functionality is physically possible and how this might be implemented; and define and execute theoretical and practical work in collaboration with other disciplines to prove and develop these ideas.

Examples of work undertaken by physicists in the group include:

  • Modeling and prototyping of inductive charging and electromechanical systems in miniaturised consumer device for household-name product company
  • Critical review and testing of automotive lidar system
  • Technical due diligence study of anti-counterfeiting technology
  • Analysis, build and test of fibre interferometer for harsh environment industrial application

Specific Responsibilities

Your day-to-day work will require you to:

  • Understand the client’s problem from a commercial and technical perspective
  • Work with the wider project team to define programmes of work which efficiently address the client needs and areas of highest technical risk
  • Define and undertake theoretical, computational and/or lab-based experimentation tasks
  • Analyse and present outputs and conclusions to clients with a wide range of technical and non-technical backgrounds

At all levels you will be making independent technical contributions and interacting directly with clients. More senior candidates will be expected to take on more technical leadership roles within multidisciplinary projects, mentoring and development of more junior staff, and increased support of our business developers in proactively selling work and identifying new opportunities.


Essential -

  • Excellent first and/or postgraduate degree in Physics or a closely related subject, and desire to apply this to practical product development
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • A collaborative approach and appetite to learn and develop

The following are highly desirable, particularly for more experienced candidates:

  • Knowledge of optical system design
  • Wide-ranging experience with sensor technologies and their practical implementation
  • Experience with numerical modeling for electromagnetic, optical or fluidic simulation, and generic software tools such as Matlab and Python
  • Broad understanding of other engineering disciplines, including electronics, software and mechanical engineering
  • Industry experience in commercial product development

Why Cambridge Consultants?

Cambridge Consultants creates exciting and novel breakthroughs in technology and products. We help our clients achieve the kind of game-changing leap forward that will transform their whole business.

At the heart of what we do are talented and motivated multi-disciplinary teams empowered to create cutting edge technologies and systems to solve difficult problems for our clients.

We recognise and celebrate individual talent and we understand the importance of letting individuals be just that. Our people are here to do the best work of their lives and our job is to provide the platform for them to do it. That means letting people pursue the projects that interest them and develop their career in whatever direction they choose.

We’re committed to promoting a diverse workplace. We believe that diversity can only flourish when everyone feels included and has a sense of belonging.

We value all people regardless of gender, age, disability, race, ethnic origin, parental status, language, religion, marital status or sexual orientation.


Learn about Life at CCWhat to expect when applying


  • Competitive salary, based on merit and reviewed annually
  • Company profit share scheme in addition to basic salary
  • Pension scheme
  • Life, disability and travel insurance, plus private healthcare
  • Free canteen - breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • 25 days annual holiday plus public holidays, with flexibility to carry over / borrow
  • Relocation assistance if applicable
  • Excellent career development and training opportunities
  • Flexible working hours
  • Social committee
  • Discounted train season tickets, through Travel Plan Plus
  • Free shuttle service to/from Cambridge North train station, through Cambridge Science Park

Future prospects

Cambridge Consultants is committed to developing its employees' careers and has a flexible policy for individual capabilities and preferences. Promotion is linked to merit.

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