Summer Placement - Counter Terrorism and Security Division

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • South West England
  • £15,000.00 - £16,500.00
  • 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
12 weeks

Business area
DSTL - Counter Terrorism & Security Division

Type of role

Working pattern
Flexible working, Full-time

Number of posts
Dstl Fort Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent.
About the job

Studying for a STEM degree and looking for an exciting placement that’s also surprisingly different?

Do you have the desire to develop your expertise while delivering high impact research and scientific services to help protect the UK from current and future terrorist and security threats?

Working for the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and Other Government Departments, the CTS Division supports ground breaking research into science and technology, providing unique services responding to urgent operational requirements thereby ensuring the UK retains an operational advantage.

We are responsible for ensuring the government has up-to-date skills and capabilities to understand and defeat terrorist threats. We provide the UK expertise in a spectrum of engineering and scientific fields and you’ll be working at the forefront of defence and security research and innovation, a dynamic and rapidly evolving environment.

Job description
Our roles give you the opportunities to:

• Work within a complementary team of specialists to deliver scientific, analytical and engineering solutions
• Collaborate, nationally and internationally, on field trials and in laboratory testing, to support the delivery of scientific evidence
• Develop broad networks across the world with external partners, academic institutes and government departments
• Drive your career, with great opportunities to gain new skills and qualifications, work with field-leading experts and ensure your working life is never boring.

We have opportunities with the Electronic Countermeasures Group

Specialising in electronic warfare capabilities, we contribute towards military, systems development and evaluation, as well as a broad range of ground-breaking research activities including:
• Electronics design and component level testing
• Radio Frequency test and measurement
• Antenna design and development and In-depth signal processing activities
• EMC testing
• Software defined Radio / FPGA system development
• Military systems integration and relevant networks and protocols.

Your Team:
We will embed you into a diverse team of deep technical specialists from multidisciplinary backgrounds. You will work with other team members, project managers and students in delivering an array of projects.

Where you will be based:
This placement will be based at Dstl Fort Halstead, Sevenoaks, but there will be opportunities to travel to other Dstl sites, customers, off site trials, conferences and to external partners.
We are looking for someone who has:

Good standard of Mathematics, English and working towards a degree (or equivalent) in:
• • Electronic or Electrical Engineering
• Systems Engineering
• Communications Engineering
• Software Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Computer Science
• Maths
• Physics

You will also be expected to demonstrate:
• Strong IT skills
• A flexible, adaptable and inquisitive approach to work.

With some knowledge of the role of defence, security and policing when you begin, we'll expect you to develop an understanding of the UK’s Armed Forces and Security community and their challenges.

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others
Technical skills
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • What 3 technical areas are you most interested in and why?
  • Why do you want to work with dstl? and what do you hope to gain from a placement with us?

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 and Technical skills.
If you are successful at the application stage you will be invited for an interview at our Fort Halstead site. Full details will be emailed to you as part of your invitation email.

As part of our early talent scheme students may be offered the opportunity of transition into a permanent graduate role or a returning placement 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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Dstl Recruitment


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