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Graduate Analyst CBRN

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is looking to recruit a Graduate Analyst to join its Chemical, Biological and Radiological Division

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 09 Dec 2020
  • United Kingdom | Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Date posted: 02 Nov 2020
  • Job type: Government/Public sector
  • Disciplines: Computational science & software engineering  | Mathematics & statistics 


Dstl Porton Down.

About the job


Do you have an analytical mind with an ability to structure, solve and visualize complex problems? Are you able to think creatively and consider all possible solutions to a problem?

If so, would you like to work within our Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) Division where you will be helping to ensure that decisions made by senior leaders in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and across government are based on the best available evidence?

We are currently recruiting Graduate Operational Analysts to join our friendly team.

As a team we support and lead multi-disciplinary technical teams to deliver high quality;

  • Analysis and visualizations to assist with evidenced based decision-making at senior levels of government.
  • Briefings, technical reports and presentations to customers and senior stakeholders, including the military

Job description

In this role you will (with bespoke training and supported by a mentor):

  • Support study teams to provide high-profile, high-impact operational analysis in support of MOD and other government departments, for example the Home Office.
  • Learn to understand the military and security domains and the threats that they face with relation to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN).
  • Contribute to the collection, analysis and presentation of information and data for exciting high-impact studies.
  • Contribute to the writing of customer and technical reports.


We are looking for someone who has:

  • Knowledge of analysis methods, tools or techniques and experience of their application particularly qualitative analysis.
  • Ability to make sense of complex information and distil it into an easily understandable output.
  • Evidence of providing timely, impartial, evidence-based advice.


  • Knowledge of the UK armed forces.
  • Logical thinker.

Technical skills

Qualifications: essential

  • Qualified to degree level in an appropriate discipline such as (but not limited to): operational research, physics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, mathematics, social sciences.


You must:

  • Be self-motivated and enthuse others.
  • Be happy to work under your own initiative.
  • Have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Have an aptitude to think and work innovatively.
  • Enjoy working independently and collaboratively within a team.
  • Work well under pressure.
  • Be creative and enjoy problem solving.


For this role you require experience of:

  • Undertaking qualitative analysis.
  • Supporting or delivering a project from concept to delivery.
  • Evidence of providing timely, impartial, evidence-based advice.
  • Delivering to tight timescales.


  • Facilitation of workshops or large meetings.
  • Evidence of leading a small team.

Important information

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past five years. For some developed vetting will also be required, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners across the enterprise. We work closely with the defence and security industry on many projects, so it would be great to work with you via one of our partners.


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

  • Working together
  • Delivering at pace
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Developing self and others

Technical skills

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

  • Please list your degree modules and include a short explanation of which ones you enjoyed the most and why.
  • Please detail your knowledge of analysis methods, tools or techniques and experience of their application particularly qualitative analysis.
  • Please give an example of some analysis you have undertaken.
  • What transferable skills can you bring from elsewhere in your work/life/extra-curricular activities which you feel might be relevant for a role at Dstl?


We’ll provide a great range of benefits including:

  • Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
  • Flexible working hours, a 12-month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month.
  • Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
  • 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 two weeks full pay.
  • Chartership and accreditation support.
  • Pension.
  • Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to five days holiday per year.
  • A competitive salary.
  • Onsite gyms and restaurants.
  • Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our diversity networks

Dstl recognizes 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 maximizes 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 Identity Network
  • Faith and Culture Network
  • Parents and Carer Support Network
  • Alternative Working Network
  • Gender Equality Network
  • New Starters Network
  • Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities

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.
  • People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your behaviours, ability, experience and technical skills.

We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so if at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team and we will do all we can to support you.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for all disabled applicants who provide evidence in their application of meeting the minimum essential requirements of the post, set out in the job description. You will be asked to indicate if you are applying under this scheme when you submit your application.

As part of the application process you will be required to successfully complete two Civil Service sift tests, a Verbal Reasoning Test and a Numerical Reasoning test. You MUSTcomplete this test before you are able to complete the full application form so please do so as soon as you can.

The sift will look at your answers to the questions in the application, focusing on your skills and experiences and how these match the requirements of the job description.

Due to current circumstances interviews are likely to be held via video links. Interviews will assess your behaviours and experiences in relation to the requirements detailed in the attached job description.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Recruitment team, e-mail

Further information

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should e-mail stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within five working days.

Reference number

£21,500 – £26,478 dependent on degree level, skills and performance at assessment

Higher Executive Officer
Dstl Level 4

Contract type

Business area
Dstl – Chemical, Biological & Radiological Division

Type of role

Working pattern
Flexible working, full-time, job share, compressed hours

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