Senior Naval Radar Countermeasures Scientist/Engineer

Location
South West England
Salary
£32,626 - £38,066
Posted
06 Jan 2022
Closes
05 Feb 2022

Summary

A great opportunity to build our maritime countermeasures capability within the Electromagnetic Protection Group!

The Royal Navy has invested in a fleet of highly sophisticated ships including the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier. Now we need your help to identify technologies and principles that could help keep these platforms operating in a hostile, contested environment!

You will use your technical experience in RF and/or radar countermeasures to develop and test these concepts with support from junior staff.

You will provide technical leadership (guided by the project technical authority) to a diverse project team, recognising and utilising their specialist skills in e.g. modelling and simulation, trials delivery, threat knowledge to deliver against project aims.

You will develop and build partner relationships with Industry and International partners.

You will advise colleagues in the Military and Defence procurement on maritime radar countermeasures issues. Collaboration with equivalent project teams from across our International Allies will likely be a core part of your role. Key topics facing the team at the moment include: the use of passive decoys for protecting ships; maritime electronic attack concepts; and the defence of Carrier Task Groups through cooperative electronic warfare. A collaborative approach to research and problem-solving will enable you to support our enthusiastic team in delivering high impact research for our Royal Navy.

Experience in technical leadership (particularly at a systems level) and familiarity with countermeasure concepts will enable you to drive our hardworking team in delivering high impact advice for our UK defence.

It takes a rare combination of skills to keep us ahead in a world characterised by complexity, instability and uncertainty. But we know you’re up to the task!

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:

  • Support the Project Technical Authority in delivering against research and procurement plans for maritime RF countermeasures;
  • Provide technical briefings on progress in key research areas back to senior technical staff and occasionally key customers and stakeholders;
  • Provide technical review and assurance of work done by others within the project;
  • Provide direction to junior technical staff.
  • Support Project Managers in identifying resource requirements for effective technical delivery of project plans and work with Team Leaders to assign tasks to technical staff;

You will work within a team of ~14 and reporting to a Team Leader. The team sits within a group of ~90 electromagnetic scientists and engineers. Teams work across multiple projects and as a senior scientist you will typically play a leading role on 1-2 work packages that sits within projects led by a Project Technical Authority.

Dstl is strongly encouraging blended and flexible working either at one of our sites or from home or both. We want to empower you to undertake your duties at the most appropriate location for the task, however you will be allocated a Dstl site as a base. You may be required to travel to other Dstl and MoD sites as required.

Responsibilities

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Experience in the field of either RF, radar or radar countermeasures (ideally within the maritime domain but other experience also considered);
  • A collaborative approach to research and problem-solving;
  • A clear communication style that can be adapted when dealing with customers, suppliers and Dstl staff at junior and senior levels.

Essential criteria
BSc/BEng level qualifications in a STEM-based degree

Expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Software Engineering and Architectures
  • Engineering management
  • Simulation tools and methods
  • Applied EM theory
  • Digital signal processing
  • Model based design
  • Digital electronics
  • Experience of working with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)

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.

Work location
Dstl is strongly encouraging blended and flexible working either at one of our sites or from home or both. We want to empower you to undertake your duties at the most appropriate location for the task, however you will be allocated a Dstl site as a base. You may be required to travel to other Dstl and MoD sites as required.

Licences

Driving License

Qualifications

BSc/BEng level qualifications in a STEM-based degree

Desirable
Masters or PhD level qualifications in a physics based degree

Behaviours

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

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

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership

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 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.
  • A competitive salary. 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

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 developed vetting.

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 and Experience.

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.

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:
Name: Dstl Recruitment
Email: DSTLRECRUITMENT@dstl.gov.uk

Recruitment team:
dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

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.

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.

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