Electro Optic Countermeasure Scientists

Location
Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK
Salary
Unspecified
Posted
25 May 2022
Closes
24 Jun 2022

Location

Some remote working, Home Site is Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wilts.

About the job

Summary

The Electromagnetic Protection Group (EMPG) is one of twelve Groups within the Platform Systems Division working together to deliver battle winning Science and Technology (S&T) to support the Ministry of Defence and wider Government in a broad range of ground breaking technical research and operational areas.

Now is an exciting time to join the Electro-Optic Countermeasures (EOCM) Team within EMPG as we grow our team and look forward to pushing the boundaries on technology advancements and exploring new concepts. Driven by our core values, we are consistent in challenging the norms, embracing diversity and rewarding innovation.

When you join us as a member of a diverse community of scientists and engineers, we will strive to support you in realising our mission statement and foster an inclusive, safe working environment, where you feel motivated by the opportunities to develop your own learning, drive your own career development, and deliver impactful Science and Technology in the process.

You will gain exposure to innovative technologies and seek to build an in-depth understanding of platform protection, the threat environment, and the likely nature of future military operations. If you are someone who loves problem solving, then this is your opportunity to tackle the problems our Armed Forces face both today and in the future!

Through the use of practical laboratory and/or modelling and simulation (M&S) tools, and field trials, you will be influencing and providing complex advice to colleagues across defence on countermeasure solutions that has direct impact to our military customers and defence procurement that really matter.

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 particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl at these levels.

Job description

With a number of roles available, we are seeking Physicists and Engineers to join our team to enable UK Forces freedom of action through the ability to detect and defeat complex threat systems.

If successful, you will be part of a growing team that provides advice on current and future countermeasure concepts required to protect platforms from a range of threats. Our work informs military decision makers of the effectiveness of countermeasure solutions and we research, develop and advise on future technologies and equipment which could enhance aircraft survivability.

You will work across Dstl and wider MOD to develop an in-depth understanding of the technology challenges and operational context of aircraft electro-optic countermeasures as well as supporting relevant stakeholder communities across MOD and industry to find viable and exploitable countermeasure solutions.

Your ability to communicate scientific work clearly and concisely will be key to success as you collaborate and coordinate across Dstl, international partners and wider MOD to ensure the team has a robust capability to meet current and future needs. You will also have the opportunity to undertake continued professional development in preparation for more senior technical leadership roles.

Skills:

  • Good understanding of the physics behind sensors, dynamics, optics and lasers;
  • An interest in military systems such as aircraft, missiles and the context of their use;
  • Systems engineering mindset relevant to identifying requirements, planning projects and conducting verification and validation;
  • Good interpersonal (verbal, presentational and written) communications skills;
  • The ability to think and work innovatively to overcome current and future problems;
  • The ability to apply a broad variety of analytical techniques to solve problems.

Experience:

  • Evidence of conducting scientific or analytical activties and delivering to time;
  • Communicating difficult concepts and results effectively to a wide audience via a range of means (reports, presentations);
  • Experience of technical planning and formulating initiatives into structured activities.

Specific roles we have available include:

Electro-Optic Threat Modelling & Simulation Scientists

In this role you will be part of a team conducting complex assessments and providing key advice to the military customer on how to keep our aircraft safe. We are looking for proactive and able problem solvers who can develop and use a range of complex software and hardware tools to address big picture questions in a fast-evolving area of Defence.

You will be designing and running experiments which will drive the development and assessment of tactics and techniques used by front line aircraft to defeat hostile threats. A keen interest in computer programming, electronic systems and modelling and simulation of real systems or physics phenomena is highly desirable, as is a baseline understanding of the optical systems and the electromagnetic spectrum.

We are looking for someone who has knowledge/experience in some of the following areas:

  • Computer programming/software skills in using MATLAB and/or C programming languages, Object orientated languages such as C++, C# or Java to support assessments;
  • Understanding of modelling and simulation techniques and strategies, including a good understanding of the requirements for verification and validation;
  • Experience in simulation and the development of models in Simulink;
  • Experience in real time, and faster than real time, software environments;
  • Experience in analysis of complex and large datasets;
  • The ability to apply a broad variety of analytical techniques to solve problems.

Electronics Engineers

As an electronics engineer you will be pivotal to the development and sustainment of Dstl’s world leading laboratory, field trial and simulation capabilities. You will be key to growing and maintaining the team’s understanding of the inner complexities of ever-evolving electro-optic threats, ensuring that Dstl is suitably equipped to advise on the protection of military platforms now and in to the future.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a keen eye for detail, who can operate effectively with a team of egineers and physicists to overcome theoretical and practical challenges. An interest in both analogue and digital electronics design, including computer based modelling is highly desirable.

Typical tasks include:

  • Integration of complex electrical systems;
  • Motion control and data acquisition development for laboratory based hardware-in-the-loop applications;
  • Electronics modelling.

We are looking for someone who has knowledge/experience in some of the following areas:

  • Basic analogue and digital electronics design concepts;
  • Analogue and digital data acquisition;
  • Control theory;
  • Basic electronic signal processing;
  • Basic practical electronics skills;
  • Analogue and digital electronics modelling, utilising tools such as MATLAB Simulink.

Physicists

Our armed forces are facing a challenging and rapdily evolving threat environment where modern optically guided threat weapons systems present a significant challenge to the survivability of UK air platforms operating in the contested airspace.

We are looking for innovative people to join us in developing countermeasure techniques to ensure we continue to have cutting edge laser testing capabilities, as well as a future focused mindset in research that ensures we are able to continually evolve air platform protection, to meet the current and future operating environments. This role will require laboratory based working and modelling equipment to design and test optical and laser based experiments that represent laser interactions to support the development of next generation laser systems.

You will support the development of models and novel laser countermeasure concepts that address future threat systems and make use of active countermeasure techniques. You will have the opportunity to gain experience and understanding of laser materials, optical design, and fibre optic and non-liner frequency conversion spanning multiple wavebands. You will have opportunities to develop your knowledge of threat systems / optical design and their inherent mechanisms leading ultimately to be a subject matter expert in the field. You will support and lead laboratory and field based optical experiments with the opportunity to work with national/international, industrial, academia and government communities.

You'll need knowledge/experience in some of the following areas:

  • Experience of working in an optics laboratory environment: planning, setting up and conducting experiments;
  • Good understanding of the physics behind sensors, dynamics, optics and lasers;
  • Knowledge of optical systems and the electromagnetic spectrum;
  • Optical design skills and practical implementation (be able to set up laboratory experiments);
  • Good understanding of a programming language (e.g. Matlab, Labview);
  • Existing knowledge of optical analysis software tools is desirable but not essential (e.g. Zeemax);
  • An analytical mind with an ability to structure, solve and visualise complex problems;
  • Proven ability / experience in interfacing test equipment together via software control in order to automate experiments.

Responsibilities

Skills:

  • Good understanding of the physics behind sensors, dynamics, optics and lasers;
  • An interest in military systems such as aircraft, missiles and the context of their use;
  • Systems engineering mindset relevant to identifying requirements, planning projects and conducting verification and validation;
  • Good interpersonal (verbal, presentational and written) communications skills;
  • The ability to think and work innovatively to overcome current and future problems;
  • The ability to apply a broad variety of analytical techniques to solve problems.

Experience:

  • Evidence of conducting scientific or analytical activities and delivering to time;
  • Communicating difficult concepts and results effectively to a wide audience via a range of means (reports, presentations);
  • Experience of technical planning and formulating initiatives into structured activities.

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be UK Nationals who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to undertake the projects we are involved in to protect us from security threats. For this reason, 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.

Behaviours

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

  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • please state which role you are interested in and how your skills meet the requirements for this position;
  • Provide an example of where you have used your knowledge/experience to think outside of the box to solve a problem. Describe your approach;
  • Give examples of projects that you have completed using programming languages/software skills - not all roles will require programming knowledge, this information will assist us in matching you to the correct role.

Benefits

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 3 days 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;
  • A competitive salary;
  • Onsite gyms and restaurants;
  • Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

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

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.

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.

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 dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk and we will do all we can to support you.

We offer a guaranteed interview 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.

Dstl is participating the Great Place to Work for Veterans Scheme. If you are a Veteran and meet the essential criteria for this position you will be offered guaranteed progression to the next stage of the assessment. You will be asked to indicate if you are applying under this scheme when you submit your application.

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.

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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