Defence Scientists and Engineers

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • South West England
  • £21,000.00 - £43,000.00
  • Research facilities

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Salisbury, South West

About the job

Job description

Do you have a background in physics, software, engineering or electronics?

Our armed forces face a challenging and fast changing threat landscape where modern threat weapon systems present a significant challenge to the survivability of UK platforms operating in hostile environments. Could you bring your scientific and engineering expertise to our talented and diverse team to develop new approaches and technologies to protect the UK’s military aircraft, ships and vehicles?

Are you looking for an opportunity to apply and learn new skills in exciting and challenging areas and work alongside experts from across government, industry, academia and the international community? Do you love communicating and sharing ideas with others to develop innovative solutions to established challenges? If so, Electromagnetic Protection Group wants to hear from you.

Significant changes in the geopolitical landscape coupled with the emergence and proliferation of disruptive technologies is placing unprecedented pressure on our military capabilities. Electronic warfare is the critical enabler to almost all missions – ensuring Air, Land and Maritime platforms are not detected or targeted by guided weapon systems. The rapid evolution of weapon technology requires the UK to pull on a far wider range of specialisms than ever before to defeat them.

We passionately believe that science and technology is the key to redressing the balance and that the UK’s world-class defence scientists and engineers are critical to that future success.

If you have the background, education, skills or experience in any of the following areas, then Electromagnetic Protection Group wants to hear from you.
• Physics
• Digital electronics
• Software engineering and architectures
• Systems engineering
• Simulation tools and methods (including analysis of results and data)
• Applied electromagnetic and electro optic theory
• Infra-Red technology
• Digital signal processing
• Model based design

On the job training will be provided but we are looking for individuals with strong technical and analytical skills and leadership ability. We use sophisticated software models, world-class electronics laboratories and dynamic trials to test our research concepts and engineering solutions. We look for innovative ways to gain the edge in research and application, whether by working with science and engineering colleagues in industry and across NATO or by embedding staff in UK military headquarters and command centres. Most of all, we recognise the unique skills and aspirations of our staff and are able to present them with an unparalleled range of opportunities to develop both the UK’s military capabilities and themselves.

We’re looking for individuals with a variety of skills including;
• Knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum and its applications
• Digital electronics
• Optical design skills and practical implementation
• Systems Engineering
• Electronics and system level fault finding.
• Programming Skills (e.g. MatLab, C++)
• Model based design (e.g. Simulink, LabView)
• Simulation tools and methods
• Digital signal processing
• Complex devices (e.g. FPGAs)
• Analytics or data analysis experience
• Software Engineering and architectures
• Aerodynamics
• Working as part of a team
• Ability to communicate complex ideas
• Delivering to deadlines
• Proactive approach to problem solving with an aptitude to think and work innovatively

With such a variety of roles on offer we've attached some extra information for you to check out that highlights the various teams and roles on offer. You can also join us for a virtual meet and greet to talk to some of the team and find out more about the roles Opportunities for Scientists and Engineers


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Working Together



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


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.

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
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
There are a number of roles within the Electro-Magnetic Protection Group and once you submit your application the team will look at your skills, experience and background and what roles you'd be the most suitable for.
If you are selected for interview we'll provide you with some more detailed information about the roles you are being considered for and at the interview you'll have the change to ask any questions about the group, the teams and the roles.
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.
Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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.
Apply and further information

Contact points for applicants
Dstl HR Recruitment
01980 950000 option 4

Sift/interview dates and location
Applications will be reviewed regularly and suitable candidates will be invited through to interview and to meet the team at our Porton Down site.

Further information
Please note that Dstl will be contacting candidates via email and you should check your junk mail folder regularly. Any attachments may not be available via smart phone or tablet views.

If you are applying for this position as a Job Share please indicate if you have a partner who is also applying for this vacancy and if you are successful but they are not if you would still consider the role.

The Civil Service is moving to Name-Blind sifting and applications to Dstl will follow this process. However where a CV has been requested this functionality is not currently available

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email Dstl HR Recruitment stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

Some roles under this campaign may require Developed Vetting clearance.

Equal Opportunities
Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.

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