Land Electro Optic and Infrared (EOIR) Signatures Research Scientist and Engineer

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About the job

Summary

As technology continues to advance it is becoming increasingly important for the Armed Forces to evade their enemies with stealth.

The Land Survivability Team are looking for  highly motivated scientists or engineers to support the development of visual and Infrared signatures assessment and camouflage development for UK Land forces.

This role helps the MOD understand the impact of Electro Optic and Infrared (EOIR) signatures across the Land force to support procurement and control operational risk. It produces the research required to steer the development of next generation camouflage, concealment, and deception technologies. It draws together cutting edge modelling and field assessment methods and collaborates across the organisation, wider MOD and engages externally with industry, academia and international partners to effect delivery.

You will be responsible for supporting the continued development of Dstl’s Land measurement, modelling, and analysis capability in the EO and IR wavebands and contributing to the development and delivery of studies requested by customers such as Army Headquarters and Defence Equipment and Support. You will have the opportunity to develop national and international partnerships that support the delivery of Dstl goals.

You will work effectively as part of a research team, liaising with stakeholders and presenting.

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

In this role you will:

Impact on the ability of Dstl to deliver high quality impartial advice and assurance to all of its customers, academia, industry and international counterparts.

  • Be an enthusiastic problem solver who can define, develop and utilise software and hardware tools to address questions in a fast-evolving area of Defence;
  • Develop into an expert user of relevant software modelling packages including CameoSim and TAIThermIR;
  • Work as part of a research team to develop and deliver high impact studies in EOIR Land Signatures;
  • Work as part of a team to conduct field assessment to gather research data;
  • Support the design, development and implementation of new capabilities to provide key advice to the MOD;
  • Develop and use a broad network of both internal and external specialists across Dstl to solve complex and non-routine problems;
  • Develop a fundamental understanding of the Land war-fighting environment to understand how signatures impact survivability.

Responsibilities

We are looking for someone who has:

  • The ability to support the development and execution of EO and IR band research to enable the delivery of high quality outputs in a timely fashion;
  • IT literacy with ability to use software packages such as Python and Blender to support data analysis and modelling;
  • Analytical skills with the ability to design numerical analysis to understand data;
  • Communication skills to create effective professional relationships with scientific, analytical, military and industry partners;
  • Planning skills with the ability to establish clear pathways and contingencies to goal completion;
  • The ability to think and work innovatively to overcome current and future problems facing defence.

You will be an advocate for continuously improving our tools and methods to make them fit to provide the scientific advice on which our Armed Forces rely.

Essential experience

  • Experience of planning and delivering studies;
  • Experience of writing reports and giving presentations;
  • Desirable;
  • A knowledge of EO and IR band measurement and analysis;
  • Experience of field data collection methods for EO and IR bands;
  • Experience of Unix;
  • Experience of Physics based rendering software package;
  • Experience of 3D modelling software such as Blender;
  • Experience of material measurement methods;
  • Experience of the TAIThermIR software package.

Essential skills

  • The ability to support the development and execution of EO and IR band research to enable the delivery of high quality outputs in a timely fashion;
  • IT literate with ability to use software packages such as Python and Blender to support data analysis and modelling;
  • Analytical skills with the ability to design numerical analysis to understand data;
  • Communication skills to create effective professional relationships with scientific, analytical, military and industry partners;
  • Planning skills with the ability to establish clear pathways and contingencies to goal completion.

Desirable

  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts effectively to non-specialists, including project managers;
  • Ability to programme in Python.

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:

  • Communicating and Influencing;
  • Working Together;
  • Delivering at Pace;
  • Leadership;
  • Technical skills.

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

  • The ability to support the development and execution of EO and IR band research to enable the delivery of high quality outputs in a timely fashion;
  • The ability to use software packages such as Python and Blender to support data analysis and modelling;
  • Analytical skills with the ability to design numerical analysis to understand data.

Benefits

Dstl’s full range of great benefits can be found in the information pack which includes:

Financial: An excellent pension scheme starting from 26% employer contribution (find out more here). In Year Rewarding Achievement bonuses and thank you vouchers. Rental deposit scheme and cycle to work scheme.

Flexible working: Full flexibility working options include alternative working patterns, compressed hours, job shares and annualised hours. Remote working may be available dependent on role.

Flexible working hours: Ability to bank hours in a 12 month reference period including the ability to accrue and use 3 days per calendar month.

Annual leave: 25 days pro rata (rising to 30 after 5 years) plus 8 public holidays with the ability to buy/sell 5 additional days per annum.

Family: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay, an additional 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid

Learning and Development: Dstl encourages and supports charterships, accreditations and provides employees access to fully funded apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters Degree). Dstl will pay for 2 memberships with relevant bodies/institutions. Employees also have access to Civil Service Learning.

Facilities: Onsite parking, EV Charging points, restaurants, cafés and gyms.

The information pack can be found attached to the job specification on Civil Service Jobs.

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;

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.

Medical

Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

The sift will assess your technical skills in relation to the essential criteria listed in the job profile and will be completed by Tuesday 20th September ‘22.  Interviews will take place after 26 September ‘22.

The interview will consist of a combined Behavioural and Technical interview assessing your skills, experience and behaviours against the essential criteria in the job profile. As part of the assessment you will be asked to give a 5 minute brief summarising why you would be a good fit for the role.

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

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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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Name: Dstl Recrutment Team

Email: dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Recruitment team:

Email: dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Further information

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

Company

DSTL profile imageDstl is the science and technology arm of the Ministry of Defence. As part of the UK Government we do sensitive and specialist work that cannot be done anywhere else! We keep the UK safe and secure by using world-leading science and technology. We’re a world leader in our field with one aim – protecting lives. We have experts making huge scientific advancements, so our work has real value and we’re all extremely dedicated because we keep the country safe and secure.

Why work for us
At Dstl, we harness science and technology to protect our nation – bringing together the best people with the best ideas, and applying them in unexpected ways. Our unique position within defence brings strong links to the armed forces, giving us access and insight to our military personnel and their operational challenges. The solutions we deliver cover everything from long-term research and analysis through to rapid development in support of current operations with the potential to save lives. Working with other government departments, universities and businesses, we develop battle-winning technologies that support UK military operations – now and into the future.

At Dstl, you’ll find a workforce of respected scientists and professionals who specialize in many different science, technology and related disciplines. Our team collaborates on research and projects with some of the most talented professionals and academics in the world.

We aim to develop all of our people to enable them to make a full contribution to meeting our strategic objectives, and to fulfil their own potential on merit. We promote and support the use of a range of flexible working patterns to enable staff to enjoy a healthy work/life balance.

Training and development
We offer an extensive range of technical and professional training that’s relevant for your career and your future ambitions, delivered both in-house and externally. We’ll support you with chartership and accreditation, and fund up to two professional memberships for you each year.

What we are looking for
We’re always looking for the best technical and scientific minds, who are looking for a career with a difference, to join us in a range of roles, at all levels across Dstl. You’ll need a relevant qualification in your field and a flair for solving problems and a passion for new technologies. But above all, you must want to make a difference now and in the future. Your work here will make a valuable contribution to addressing the ever-changing challenges faced by the UK Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence and the UK government.

We have a variety of roles that we advertise on our website all year round as well as graduate and apprenticeship opportunities.


Locations
UK: Newcastle, Porton Down, Portsdown West

Number of employees
4200

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, energetics engineers, underwater C4I expert, radar scientist, commercial manager, operational analysts

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

Pre-requisites
Eligible to work in the UK

How to apply
Apply online at www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk

Closing date
All year round

Contact
Tel +44 (0)1980 618484
E-mail dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk
www.gov.uk/government/organisations/defence-science-and-technology-laboratory

Find Us
Website
Telephone
+44 (0)1980 618484
Location
Room G01 Building
5 Porton Down
Salisbury
SP4 0JQ
United Kingdom

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