Industrial Placement - Platform Systems Division

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • South West England
  • ¬£Attractive
  • Scientific administration

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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Closing date: 7 Jan 2020
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Administrative Assistant
Dstl Level 1

Contract type
Fixed Term

Length of employment
50 weeks

Business area
DSTL - Platform Systems Division

Type of role

Working pattern
Flexible working, Full-time

Number of posts
Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury Wiltshire; Dstl Portsdown West Fareham Hampshire
About the job


If you are completing your STEM degree and looking for a unique challenge then join us for a summer placement where you'll be helping to protect the UK and our armed forces from real world threats.

Our Platform Systems Division of Dstl supports the Ministry of Defence and wider government in a broad range of ground breaking technical research areas. We respond to current and future demands ensuring that the UK retains a battle-winning advantage. We provide a broad range of impartial evidence-based analysis supporting high priority decision-making and evaluate exciting new capabilities and technologies.

You will work on a wide variety of projects - no one day is the same. You will take vital capabilities and push them to their limits, using creativity and innovation to solve real-world problems for real-world customers. We work at the forefront of defence research and innovation, which is a dynamic and rapidly evolving environment. Quite simply, this is work that you cannot do anywhere else.

Job description
You will undertake technical work from the very start of your placement at Dstl, working with industry, academia and internationally to deliver advice to our customers right across the MOD and other parts of Government. There will be opportunities to travel to military sites, attend various trials and undertake international travel.

You will work with Project Managers and Project Technical Authorities who will be responsible for the overall delivery of the project, however you will be expected to lead individual work packages or aspects of the work and deliver these to a high standard.

You will develop the skills needed to explain your complex technical research to diverse audiences and ensure their understanding. You will also develop networks with external partners, always ensuring we continue to deliver the technical quality expected of Dstl and maximising the value of our research.

Your work will contribute to a diverse team of specialists delivering critical scientific, analytical and engineering solutions. This could be developing the latest novel and bespoke tools, models and techniques, working on trials outside of the office or in laboratory testing, and be anything from working with the latest military equipment and weapon systems to things we simply can’t tell you about until you join.

We are looking for someone who:
• Is studying for a STEM degree
• Has strong underpinning English, Maths and IT skills
• Has an inquisitive and enquiring mind
• Enjoys problem solving
• Has good attention to detail
• Is creative and innovative
• Is keen to put forward their own ideas
• Has great communication skills
• Collaborates with others and works well in a team

• Apply your technical and personal skills to real world challenges.
• Work within a multidisciplinary team to provide timely, impartial, evidence-based advice.
• Lead small work packages, being responsible for your own research and analysis.
• Provide technical advice and direction to industrial and academic partners and suppliers.
• Prepare and deliver technical reports and presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences.
• Have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects across the air maritime and land environments in a variety of specialist capability areas such as weapons, survivability and autonomy.
• Develop your knowledge and understanding of defence and security challenges and issues.

We are particularly looking for:
• Computer Science
• Engineering
• Maths
• Physics

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others

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.

Our Diversity Networks

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. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network

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
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours.
You'll be asked to complete an online application form and then attend one of our sites for an interview and a chance to meet the team.

As part of our early talent scheme students may be offered the opportunity of transition into a permanent graduate role or a returning summer position following successful completion of their placement.
Students can only join this scheme upon completion of a placement with Dstl and with appropriate approval.

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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