Missile Defence Radar Scientist

4 days left

Fareham, UK
10 Jun 2022
10 Jul 2022

The Strategic Systems group is growing to develop scientists, engineers and mathematicians with technical knowledge of the next generation of defensive missile systems for the long term safety and defence of the UK.

With a constantly evolving 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. The recent Spending Review resulted in a very significant additional investment in Science and Technology which has led to exciting opportunities within Dstl.

The Platform Systems Division supports the MoD and industry in researching, trialing and developing new technology that provides protection and operational advantage for those in Defence. Through research, trials and development, we mature technologies, develop evidence and maintain Science & Technology capability to deliver future sophisticated and novel capabilities.

We are looking for individuals with strong technical and analytical skills and leadership ability to help us develop innovative solutions. Working closely with our military customers and industry partners there are many opportunities for travel, trials and for staff secondments to industry and other MoD organisations.

For the Missile Defence Radar Scientist role, we need people who have knowledge of radar principles and experience with RF systems. You'll have a desire to apply and extend your scientific knowledge to radar systems and a collaborative approach to research and problem-solving. You should have a natural desire to understand how things work, why they perform as they do and how multiple things work together, as well as the ability to think and work innovatively to overcome current and future problems facing defence.

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:

Our Missile Defence Radar Scientists will undertake the following types of tasks:

  • Lead/support the development of radars and associated technology, including novel approaches to the design, assessment and testing;
  • Provide radar advice through system modelling and performance analysis e.g. working with Matlab/Simulink;
  • Provide impartial, evidence based advice and technical assurance to project teams and customers to enable them to make informed decisions;
  • Work closely with industry, providing direction through working as a technical partner.


Our Missile Defence Radar Scientists should have:

  • Good interpersonal (verbal, presentational and written) communications skills and be able to tailor briefings appropriate to the audience;
  • Demonstrable experience of provision of technical documentation and briefings;
  • Experience of developing a capability within a niche technical field (desirable);
  • Experience of working with RF systems (e.g. radar, ECM, communications);
  • Experience of using software models and simulation tools.


  • Experience of working with RF systems (e.g. radar, ECM, communications);
  • Experience of using software models and simulation tools.

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.

Working conditions:

Primarily office-based at Portsdown West, Fareham. There will be off-site meetings with customers and stakeholders and potentially collaborative working off-site with industry, other government organisations and international partners. Some occasional travel (UK and international) to stakeholder meetings should be expected; periods of off-site working (UK) may be offered. Any offsite working will be managed with the Team Leader in consideration of personal commitments.


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

  • Changing and Improving;
  • Communicating and Influencing;
  • Working Together;
  • Delivering at Pace.

Technical skills:

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

  • Experience of working with RF systems (e.g. radar, ECM, communications).


To see all our benefits please go to our Recruitment page and check out our LinkedIn page  for more information about working with Dstl.

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.

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.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

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