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Weapons Systems Scientists and Engineers

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • London & South East England
  • £24,000.00 - £52,000.00
  • Government/public sector

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Job description

Do you have a background in science and engineering?

Do you have a passion for communicating and sharing ideas with others to develop innovative solutions to established challenges?

Could you bring your scientific and engineering expertise to our talented and diverse teams to protect our armed forces? If so, Weapon Systems Group wants to hear from you.
With a rapidly changing world and long term shifts in the balance of military power it is vital our Armed Forces continue to remain world-leading and have access to the most capable equipment. Our Group supports the MoD and industry in researching and developing new weapon technology that provides protection and operational advantage. Through research and development, we mature technologies, develop evidence and maintain S&T capability to deliver the future complex and novel weapons portfolios. Could you play part in helping us achieve this?

With a rapidly changing world and long term shifts in the balance of military power it is vital our Armed Forces continue to remain world-leading and have access to the most capable equipment. Our Group supports the MoD and industry in researching and developing new weapon technology that provides protection and operational advantage. Through research and development, we mature technologies, develop evidence and maintain S&T capability to deliver the future complex and novel weapons portfolios. Could you play part in helping us achieve this?

In addition to STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) graduates, if you have the background, education, skills, interest or experience in any of the following areas, then Weapon Systems Group wants to hear from you:
• Software engineering
• IR/RF seeker technology
• Guided weapon systems
• Weapon systems integration (air platforms)
• Guidance, Navigation and Control engineering
• High energy lasers/atmospheric propagation
• Terminal ballistics
• Systems engineering
• Security engineering/programmable electronic systems
• MoD equipment procurement
• Defence sensors and networks

We have a variety of vacancies to suit recent graduates to experienced scientists and engineers. On the job training will be provided but we are looking for individuals with strong technical and analytical skills and leadership ability to help us develop cutting edge science and engineering solutions. Working closely with our military customers and industry partners there are many opportunities for travel and for staff secondments to industry and other MoD organisations.

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.

To find out more please join us for a virtual, on-line meet and greet session on the 11th of April Working within the Weapon Systems Group

Person specification

In no more than 350 words, describe how you have used your relevant technical skills to successfully deliver a project

Behaviours

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

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

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Benefits

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

Security

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.
In applying you'll be invited to submit your CV and explain your technical background. If you have the right skills the team will then provide you with some more details about the roles relevant to your background and you will be invited forward for interview.
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.

Eligibility

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 sifted and interviews conducted regularly.

Should all the roles be filled the vacancy may be closed early.

Further information

Please note that Dstl will be contacting individuals 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.

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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