The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the science, technology and engineering arm of the UK’s Ministry of Defence.
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. Because we provide the UK government with specialist science and technology research, advice and analysis, what we do is often sensitive, classified and internationally collaborative. Much of our work is operationally critical and has the potential to save many lives.
The DSTL Platform Systems Division Underwater Group requires an underwater scientist to support underwater weapons and defensive aids projects and capabilities through the application of systems thinking and state-of-the-art data analysis methods, tools, and techniques. As part of a wider MOD-led enterprise working alongside other scientific and engineering specialists the successful candidate will support and develop, at pace, cost-effective solutions directly contributing to high impact delivery for UK MOD and other government department’s customers.
In this role you will:
- Quantitatively assess UK capability across the underwater weapon and defensive aids system domains;
- Elicit and understand the evolving requirements for underwater weapons and defensive aids systems;
- Work with MOD, Industry, and Academia to develop S&T solutions and concepts to;
- Maintain UK underwater weapon and defensive aids capability,
- Develop new systems, sub-systems, and concepts to enhance UK capabilities.
- Produce technical papers, reports, and presentations in accordance with DSTL technical and software quality processes, procedures, and standards;
- Support and lead the formulation of requirements for the development, analysis, and testing of new underwater weapons and defensive aids systems. Present requirements, findings, and proposals to internal and external customers and stakeholders.
- Essential Qualifications;
- Bachelor degree in either Physics, Systems/Software Engineering, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics.
Postgraduate degree in either Software/Systems Engineering, Computer Science, or Physics/Acoustics.
Essential Experience and Skills
- Modelling and simulation to support and develop underwater weapon and defensive aids concepts;
- Analysis of trials and experimentation data to support and develop underwater weapon and defensive aids concepts;
- Subsystem and algorithm development;
- Experience of working as part of a team as well as unsupervised, delivering at pace on high impact technical projects to customer and stakeholder satisfaction;
- Working with customers and stakeholders to formulate appropriate project requirements, including deliverable reports and presentations, and conducting high quality systems and software development and testing dealing with emergent risks and challenging timescales;
- Working and delivering at pace on high impact technical projects.
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.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Making Effective Decisions;
- Working Together;
- Delivering at Pace;
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Modelling and simulation;
- what experiences do you have of systems thinking and state-of-the-art data analysis methods, tools, and techniques.
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: Working options include alternative working patterns, compressed hours, job shares and annualised hours
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: A generous annual leave allowance starting at 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: Encouragement and support on charterships, accreditations and access to fully funded apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters Degree). Paid memberships with 2 relevant bodies/institutions. Employees 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do all we can to support you.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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 developed vetting.
See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
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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Name: DSTL Recruitment Team
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