STEM Graduate

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 5th December 2021


Reference number



£22,010 - £29,228


Higher Executive Officer
Dstl Level 4

Contract type


Business area

DSTL - Cyber & Information Systems Division

Type of role

Defence Operations
Information Technology
Operational Research

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury or Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham, RAF Wyton (specific roles only), Cambridgeshire dependent on skills. Travel opportunities to additional sites, off-site trials, conferences and visits to external partners, and occasional trips overseas could be a part of your role.

About the job


Are you looking for a rewarding career in Science and Technology?

Would you like exciting work, working alongside interesting people and with access to knowledge available nowhere else, with the opportunity for continued self-development?
Do you want to use your knowledge and experience to protect the security and stability of the UK, and partner nations?

Dstl’s Cyber and Information System Division (CIS) are looking to recruit graduates from a wide range of disciplines who have a passion for science and technology, and who are looking for more than just a job - a career. Working at Dstl you will have access to high profile, classified information that very few people will ever see. You will then use this information to research/develop the science and technology needed to protect the UK, and partner nations, from internal/external threats.
The roles could be a mixture of office, lab, off-site locations and trials-based work.

Job description

We offer the opportunity to develop your innovative skills within a highly successful team, whose services are in high demand. You can expect to be deployed on projects across a number of domains. You will work across MOD, Government and with our partners in Industry and Academia.
The following are a few examples of the many skills you could learn in one of the graduate roles in CIS:

  • Applying operational analysis techniques to solve new and innovative problems across Defence and Security

  • Analyse the effectiveness of new technologies and future concepts through the application of operational analysis to support the development of new capabilities and policies in Defence & Security

  • How to evaluate software intensive systems that ensure the UK’s safety, security and missions

  • How to emulate adversarial behaviour and actions to enable us to better defend our cyber assets

  • Apply the latest Machine Learning and AI algorithms to get most from our data

  • Develop next generation technology that others may say is impossible

  • Software Reverse Engineering (e.g. IDA, Ghidra, Wireshark)

  • Software Defined Radio/GNUradio

  • Coding in languages such as Python, C/C++, VHDL, Matlab

  • Sensing in the Electromagnetic Spectrum (can you find the needle in the haystack?)

  • Modelling of Radar, Electro-optic, Quantum and Position, Navigation & Timing systems

  • Software design/engineering skills

  • Quantum Sensor Evaluation

  • Impact and Mitigations of Electronic Warfare on Navigation and Timing Systems

  • How to better understand security implications and mitigations

  • …and many many more!


We are looking for someone who has:

  • STEM related academic knowledge

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Good problem solving skills

  • The ability to work on unbounded problems and apply scientific or engineering knowledge to them

  • The passion to keep learning and developing themselves

  • The desire to understand how things work and to improve them

  • The ability to work independently and in teams

  • The ability to work outside of their comfort zone

  • Self-starting skills (i.e. confidence, motivation, innovation, creativity)

  • Integrity

For the full list of skills and experiences relevant to to this role please see the attached job profile at the bottom of the page.


For these posts you will need a degree in a STEM subject, for example:
• Aeronautical Engineering
• Artificial Intelligence
• Communications Engineering
• Computer Modelling
• Computer Science
• Cyber Security
• Data Analysis
• Data Fusion
• Data Science
• Electronics Engineering
• Electronics and Communincations Engineering
• Ethical Hacking
• Information Technology
• Mathematics
• Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE)
• Operational Research
• Physics
• Psychology
• Science
• Signal Processing
• Software Engineering
• Space Science
• Space Science and Engineering
• Space Systems Engineering
• Space Technology
• Systems Architecture
• System Engineering
• Systems Thinking


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

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

  • Please state the title of the degree you are studying and list the modules that you are taking
  • Please list your top 3 technical areas of interest and include a short explanation of why you enjoy these. This is not necessarily your highest scoring modules, but more the ones you have a passion for or ones you continue outside of university.
  • We’d love to hear a little more about you. What’s important to you outside of education and why? This could be hobbies, life commitments and priorities, voluntary or paid work


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 37 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 2 weeks full pay

  • Chartership and accreditation support

  • Pension

  • Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year

  • 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 Identity Network
- Race, 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.

See our vetting charter.
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, Experience and Technical skills.
For full details and the behaviors for this role please see the attached job profile at the bottom of this page.
We are aiming for bi-weekly sift and interviews but we are going through a large growth period at the moment, so if you do not hear back with in two weeks please do not worry your application will be looked at, we are just experiencing a very busy period at the moment so it may take us abit longer to get back to you.
Dstl aims to attract the best talent. We recognise 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 are taking positive action to actively encourage under-represented people. Representation within our workforce from females, black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and the LGBTQI+ is currently much lower than we want it to be.
We actively encourage and welcome applications from those who work alternative working patterns (part-time, job share, term-time only etc.). Please be prepared to discuss this if you are selected for interview. You can also discuss your working pattern with the recruiting line manager or talent acquisition adviser at the application stage if preferred.

Important Information

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.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. For some roles Developed Vetting will also be required, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.

Individuals within DSTL who hold dual nationality and currently hold the required clearance level may apply. If found suitable for the role further security discussions will need to take place before a formal offer can be made.

If you are a current Dstl employee, you are encouraged to inform your line manager of your application as they can support you through the process and should you be successful it will help in negotiating a release date.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
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Further information

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