Maritime Systems Opportunities

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • London & South East England
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  • Research facilities

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Job description

Do you have a background in one or more of the following? Precision Navigation and Timing, Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning, Digital signal processing, Software engineering and architectures, Electronics including Digital electronics, Physics, Systems engineering, Simulation tools and methods (including analysis of results and data).

Do you enjoy communicating and sharing ideas with others to develop innovative solutions to established challenges? If so, the Above Water Group would like to hear from you.

Significant changes in the geopolitical landscape coupled with the emergence and proliferation of disruptive technologies, are placing unprecedented pressure on our military capabilities. Our armed forces face a challenging and fast changing threat landscape. Modern threat weapon systems present a significant challenge to the survivability of UK maritime platforms, operating in hostile environments.
Could you bring your scientific and engineering expertise to our talented and diverse team, developing new approaches and technologies, to protect the UK’s military maritime platforms and assets? 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?

At the heart of the fighting capability of the naval platform is the Ship’s Combat System, a combination of people and equipment. The Ship’s Command System, which makes decisions based on the situational awareness from the Ship’s Sensors including radar, navigation, data-links, allows the ship to defend itself through the use of countermeasures and the Ship’s weapon systems.

The demands on the end user are high, especially in an increasingly congested environment. A key part of the group’s work is to use techniques such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, big data, use of autonomous vehicles etc in an intelligent way, reducing the load on the operator.

To ensure that the platform floats and moves, the group are also involved in naval architecture, marine engineering, power generation and some underwater technologies.

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.

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, have access to world-class electronics laboratories and use dynamic trials to test our research concepts and engineering solutions.

We look for innovative ways to gain the edge in research and application. Whether this be 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. The following roles are available and full details of each are attached for you:

Combat Systems and Combat Sensor Systems Analysts
You will be involved in the analytical and advisory aspects of projects concerning Position, Navigation and Timing integration into the Ship’s Combat System. This will further develop an appreciation and knowledge of the complexity of the combat system, provide combat system integration experience and develop knowledge of the command and control processes that manage a warship.

Mission Systems Specialist
Our group undertakes research into all aspects of maritime mission systems, in particular how these systems of systems are designed, developed, evolved and acquired.

Surface Warfare Engineer
The Surface Warfare team provides independent subject matter expert advice for the integration and performance of SW capabilities to UK Defence and pan-Government departments. This wide remit includes both analysis and real-world trials, test and evaluation activities on weapon systems.
The role will cover a variety of gun and missile systems, including focus on specific sub-systems or a wider ‘system-of-systems’ (e.g. integration into Command and Control (C2)).

Combat Systems Specialist
Part of an ongoing large programme of work, the Threat Evaluation and Weapon Allocation (TEWA) tool is being developed aiming to support Command and Control (C2)operators especially during times of high stress, high tempo warfare with the expectation that decision making is improved.
You will gain an understanding of how naval Command Systems process information to conduct threat evaluation with the aim of supporting ongoing work with industry to create and demonstrate a single socio-technical system which will enable the TEWA operators to be more effective in their decision making.

Surface Warfare Autonomous Systems Specialist
This role is for someone to develop as a maritime autonomous system specialist. You will cover a broad range of subjects including developing and testing autonomous systems concepts as well as activities supporting the integration of autonomous systems into wider maritime systems. The role will also involve working on projects within the wider above water systems capability area to develop a broader understanding of the integration of maritime systems that will aid the core role.

This is an ideal opportunity for a scientist or engineer who is looking to develop hardware and software skills, applying these through experimentation whilst developing within the broader autonomous system of systems context.

For full details on all the opportunities within the group please check out the attached role profiles.

Person specification

We are seeking candidates with a STEM background interested in developing themselves further into specialist technical areas. Please provide us with 500 words about how your skills and experience fit with your preferred role.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace



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.
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.

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Contact point for applicants

Dstl HR Recruitment
01980 950000 option 4

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interviews will take place throughout April and May

Further information

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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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