Communications and Networks Scientist

Job Description


Dstl Portsdown West

About the job


Communication is more important today than ever before. Information has to travel securely from diverse and dispersed locations to allow informed decisions to be made rapidly.

Our team undertakes, partners and promotes world-leading research into bespoke solutions to critical national security and communications challenges. Existing and novel science and technology concepts are applied to unique environments to develop and provide sustainable assured information infrastructures.
In partnership with Industry and Academia and our customers and stakeholders in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Government Security, we maximise the impact of communications and networks on the defence and security of the UK.

The salary will be dependent upon the level of proficiency, expertise, qualifications etc.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

We particularly welcome female and BAME applicants and those from the LGBTQI+ community.

Job description

In this role you will:
• Use your knowledge, creativity and innovation in research projects in the communications and networks domain.
• Exploit novel ideas in the development of MOD’s tactical communication military systems and infrastructure.
• Lead other staff in the successful delivery of larger work areas.
• Develop the skills and knowledge of other staff to build capability in this area.
• Provide rigorous review of process and outputs to ensure the technical quality of the research.
• Advise across Government, including potentially briefing senior officials, to ensure robust decision-making within government in your area of expertise.
• Ensure coherence of advice to stakeholders with overall programme objectives, the work of others and evolving security challenges.
• Collaborate and partner with external bodies such as international partners or academia, as well as within government to maximise the value of Dstl’s research.
• Use your knowledge and skills to identify opportunities for further work.

• Working across virtual multidisciplinary teams across the organisation and potentially more widely.
• Managing scientific research by industry.
• Working successfully with diverse stakeholder groups.
• Achieving outcomes through others.


We offer the opportunity to build a rounded skill set in a cutting edge field within a highly successful Team, whose services are in great demand. You can expect to be deployed on a range of projects across a number of domains in leader or in direct support or as a Technical Partner with Industry. To do this you will work across MOD, Government and with our partners in Industry, Academia and abroad.

We are looking for someone who has:
• The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, across teams and organisations, including with partners in MOD, worldwide and across industry.
• The ability to deliver work through others.
• The ability to communicate their knowledge clearly and concisely, particularly through coaching/ mentoring of early career staff but also to non-experts.
• A research mind-set, relevant technical expertise and strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to form relationships with a broad range of military and non-military stakeholders and to use these relationships to deliver results.

Important Information
Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that 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 across the enterprise. We work closely with the Defence and Security Industry on many projects, so it would be great to work with you via one of our partners.


A degree or advanced professional qualification in Electronics Engineering, Communications Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Software Engineering, System Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Architecture, Information Technology, Science or Engineering with the appropriate technical / professional experience is required for these posts.

We are also keen to hear from applicants with an equivalent level of skills / knowledge / expertise.