Military Land Platforms Engineers

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • London & South East England
  • £21,000.00 - £44,000.00
  • Government/public sector
  • Closing date 12 Apr 2019

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Job Description
Our purpose is to help ensure our Armed Forces are equipped with highly capable vehicles which also keep them safe while they are doing their jobs. Our work is focused on military vehicles used in the land domain - what we refer to as Land Platforms.

We act as advisors to the MOD, DE&S and wider UK government. Our work includes:

• researching and evaluating potentially useful new technologies,
• supporting procurement of new vehicles by helping to specify, test and assess equipment,
• extending the life of in-service platforms to keep them fit for the future.

Our group comprises cross-disciplinary team members including Engineers, Analysts and Military advisors. Together we employ a range of skills and techniques including Computational modelling, Systems Engineering, Systems Analysis and Operational Analysis to help our customers make evidence-based decisions.

Of the roles available, the one which suits you best will depend on your own specific skills, interests and experience.

Each of these will give you the chance to combine both your technical and interpersonal skills to make a difference to the defence of the UK. We welcome applications from all experience levels: we will provide you with mentoring and development to bring you up to speed in our specialist engineering capabilities.

Whichever role you choose, you will work with highly motivated colleagues within Land Platforms Group, Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), Industry, and Army.

As your career develops, you could find yourself working embedded with colleagues at Army Headquarters or at DE&S, or participating in research collaboration with our international partners.

You could join us in one of these roles;

Land Platforms Engineer
You will use your engineering knowledge of vehicles and automotive systems to support vehicles such as AJAX, Challenger II, Warrior, and Mobile Fires Platform (replacement for AS90). You will understand customer system requirements and provide sound engineering advice on suitable system solutions to deliver capability to the customer, and ultimately the soldiers who will use the vehicles.

If you have an interest in CAD and computational modelling, you can apply your skills to undertake vulnerability and lethality studies. This involves modelling a vehicle and understanding how it is affected by physical attack. We provide this critical work to assure the safety of troops operating in our current and future land vehicle fleet.

Open Systems Architecture Vehicle Electronics Engineer
Modern Land Combat vehicles incorporate a variety of complex electronic subsystems that are required for operating in demanding environments. The electronic and physical integration of these systems is key in order to maximise capability whilst reducing through-life cost, as well as size, weight and power burdens.

We apply Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA) principles and standards in the development of our Land Combat vehicle electronic systems (known as Vetronics) to ensure flexibility and interoperability of vehicle capability, both now and in the future.

As a Vetronics engineer, you will provide expert engineering advice and engage with key international Government and industrial partners across NATO to support the advancement of battle winning technologies.

Gun Systems Engineer
You will advise projects such as the 40mm Cased Telescopic Cannon for AJAX and Warrior, 120mm Challenger II gun and future artillery systems on gun technology and lethality. The scope of the work will also include mortars and you will look at different ammunition effects and the capabilities they can deliver.

Land Concepts Engineer
Your role will be to help answer the question “What will the British Army look like in 2035 and beyond?”. The role encompasses the whole gamut of land capabilities, from the dismounted soldier through to main battle tanks, and all land capabilities in between. You will work as part of a forward-looking team identifying promising ground-breaking technologies, including "autonomous concepts", and partnering with industry to drive technology development and demonstration. You will help build understanding of the opportunities and threats posed by emerging / disruptive technologies.



You will need a degree, or have equivalent relevant experience, in an engineering, scientific, technology or mathematics discipline.

We welcome a higher degree, or equivalent, in an engineering, scientific, technology or mathematics discipline.

Knowledge of any of the following would be of benefit:
• Automotive systems, ideally applied in a military context;
• Vetronics;
• Gun technology and lethality;
• An understanding of industry and their working practices, including partnering with industrial suppliers.


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

Technical skills

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

  • Please describe how your skills match our role(s)



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, Experience and Technical skills.
There are a number of roles within the 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 chance 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.

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Contact point 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 Portsdown West 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.

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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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