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Xylem Physicist in Cambridge, United Kingdom

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you! For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com ​.

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.

  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.

  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.

  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

The Role:

Sentec, a Xylem brand, seeks to hire a Physicist . At Sentec we apply our knowledge of fundamental science, electronics, software, analytics and design across a wide range of advanced products, both within the Xylem group, and to a number of selected third parties, including some familiar household brands. From brainstorming to prototype to manufacture and production process, our clients benefit from outstanding ideas and class-leading products and services.

Our ownership structure provides a unique opportunity: we receive the insights, challenges, global view, and stability of a large corporation, we are left to operate in a small-company, agile, innovative manner to deliver solutions – which ultimately have a commercial route to market through our parent company – giving our team the unique position of seeing their innovations being deployed in real commercial products. Sentec innovations are making important contributions to some of today’s key social and global resource issues – for example, there are now over 15 million smart city assets incorporating Sentec technology deployed around the world, enabling the management of energy and water resources.

We hire bright, thoughtful and motivated individuals, and recognise that our success as an organisation depends on creating an environment where great employees can thrive. Teams are fluid, and individuals are trusted to take on stretching work within a supportive environment that emphasises the importance of strong communication and knowledge sharing. The fast-paced, project-based environment provides opportunities for motivated people to get involved in all aspects of delivery and to develop into new technical areas

As a Physicist at Sentec you will find yourself working with a number of different clients, developing innovative solutions to their technical challenges. The position is largely based in our Cambridge office however you will have the opportunity for some travel, this could be UK-wide, within Europe or the United States.

At Sentec you will be working in a rapidly evolving industry at an exciting time for technologists developing solutions for the sustainability agenda. In order to be successful you will need to demonstrate leadership in pursuit of technical solutions and novel ideas, have a hands-on approach to problem solving and ultimately managing projects against time, budget and client expectations

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Design, build, and assess exciting proof-of-concept devices and technologies

  • Present results to internal and external teams

  • Conduct research on relevant technology fields to inform development decisions

  • Participation in Xylem Watermark volunteer activities

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • Excellent academic record (1st class or 2.1 degree in physics, maths, computer science or engineering)

  • Understanding of the physics of sensing and measurement techniques

  • Strong mathematical analysis skills

  • Algorithm development and mathematical modelling from first principles

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Python, Embedded C, Matlab, LabView

  • Background in electronics and signal processing

  • Exposure to machine learning techniques is desirable

  • Design of electromagnetic actuators and sensors

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office or site laboratory setting

  • Estimated 30% travel requirement

  • Standard weekly job hours: 37.5 hours

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Competitive salaries

  • Holiday of 25 days per year, increases with length of service

  • Group life cover at 4 times basic salary

  • Private health care

  • Salary sacrifice pension scheme

  • Relocation expenses as appropriate

  • Annual performance and merit process

  • Discretionary 10% All staff bonus scheme

  • Employee referral bonus scheme

  • Access to flexible benefits portal which includes things like cycle to work, critical illness cover, green car leasing

  • Flexible and remote working