Aerospace Systems

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • South West England
  • £22,000.00 - £53,000.00
  • Scientific administration

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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

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£22,000 - £53,000
Salary and level dependent on level of experience

Higher Executive Officer
Senior Executive Officer
Grade 7
Dstl Levels 4 to 6

Contract type

Business area
DSTL - Platform Systems Division, Aerospace Systems Engineering Group

Type of role

Working pattern
Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts
Portsdown West, Sealand
About the job

It’s about You
Do you want to develop the next generation of UK military aircraft?

Do you have aspirations to become a premier expert and make your mark on UK defence and security?

Do you have the initiative and drive to argue for an evidenced decision based on operational impact rather than profit?

Do you want a flexible work schedule with no fixed hours?

It’s about Us
The UK’s Armed Forces are engaged in Air operations across the globe. We are focused on developing and integrating technology-driven solutions to make them more effective and better-protected.

Working with uncertainty is our business. Threats to UK military aircraft evolve, new areas of capability emerge (such as Cyber) and existing aircraft need to be cost-effectively upgraded.

We offer dynamic projects, working environments and development opportunities unlike anywhere else: You could be working on full-scale aircraft design programmes, racing against the clock to design fixes to operational aircraft that were needed ‘yesterday’ or conceptualising future Combat Air requirements.

Some of the UK’s biggest defence innovations and projects have their origins in our laboratory e.g., dust-landing systems for Merlin helicopter, F-35 Flight Control Laws and PYRAMID next generation avionics software architecture.
Job description
It’s about the Team
Aircraft design is about optimisation:
1. What is the optimum design for a Next Generation fighter aircraft or future attack helicopter?
2. How do we balance different aspects of design (aerodynamics, propulsion and thermal management systems, structures, Flight Dynamics and Control, etc.) with other requirements such as low observability?
3. Which suite of technologies will best enable helicopters to operate safely at night, in poor visibility and while under threat from guided missile systems?
4. How should Typhoon capabilities be developed to complement F-35 and a Next Generation Fighter?
5. How can aircraft Mission Systems be upgraded in cost-effective manner that maintains our advantage against threat systems?

To find the answers, you will need to work as a “team of teams”, with military aircrew, technical specialists from government and UK industry, as well as our international allies. Your decisions will directly affect the Armed Forces’ mission success, which means being open to challenge, willing to compromise and knowing when to champion your ideas.

Check out the full role details attached for more detail of the roles on offer. We are also running a virtual meet and great where you can ask the team themselves questions about the roles on offer and where you may fit into the teams.


It’s about the Role
We have roles available at a range of experience levels:
Engineer/Scientist/Analyst : You will have a relevant technical education (normally to degree-level) plus experience of working in engineering or further research study e.g. PhD.
Senior Engineer/Scientist/Analyst: Typically 5 years post-education experience in relevant engineering roles
Principal Engineer/Scientist/Analyst: Typically 10 years post-education experience including technical or project leadership

We are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds to help us design the next generation of military combat aircraft and helicopters including:
• Former military aircrew and engineers
• Avionics & Mission Systems Integration
• Software Architectures and Engineering
• Flight Systems
• Flight Dynamics and Control
• Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing Performance
• Aircraft Propulsion and Integration Engineers
• Systems Engineering
• Aerodynamics
• Structural Analysis
• Airworthiness
• Defence Analysts
• Human-Autonomy Teaming
• Counter-Unmanned Air Systems
• Small/Nano Unmanned Air Systems

Whether you have specific experience in military aircraft design and operations or have had a career in aerospace and enjoy solving problems, we would love to hear from you.

We'll provide a great range of benefits including;
• Flexible working
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay
• Chartership and accreditation support
• Pension
• Generous annual leave
• A competitive salary
• Excellent learning and development
• Onsite gyms and restaurants
• Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page
Things you need to know

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Selection process details
You'll complete an online application form and submit your CV. Should your application be selected for interview we will invite you to one of our sites for an interview and a chance to meet some of the team.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing the 9th of December.

Equal Opportunities
At Dstl we are committed to inclusivity and diversity within our workforce. During the application process we collect information to help us monitor this. It helps us better-understand our incoming workforce, as well as highlighting areas of improvement.
The information we request will be anonymised and therefore will not be used to make a decision about your application - no applicant or employee will ever be seen as more or less favourable based on disability, gender, martial or civil partnership status, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion/belief.

Important Information
The security of our work means that only UK nationals who have also resided in the UK for the last 5 years (10 years for certain roles) can be considered. Some roles will require Developed Vetting (DV). Unfortunately dual nationals cannot be considered.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Nationality requirements
Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants

Dstl Recruitment


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