Cyber, Data Science, Sensing, Space Systems & Electronic Warfare: science and engineering opportunit

Job Description


Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham & RAF Wyton, Huntingdon – Please Note: This location is for those who would like exciting opportunities focussed on applied data science (encompassing artificial intelligence and machine learning) and/or radio-frequency/electro-optical sensing. Developed Security Clearance will be need for these roles.

Dstl is the science and technology arm of the Ministry of Defence. As part of UK Government we do sensitive and specialist work that cannot be done anywhere else. 

Dstl’s Cyber and Information Systems Division comprises some 450 scientists and engineers working on state-of-the-art military challenges such as: 

• Applying Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to maximise Defence’s use of data and to build new capabilities. Developing new ways to harden radar and electro-optic sensors to adversary interference 
• Developing new ways to make Satellite Navigation more resilient to jamming and spoofing and provide alternative means where that fails 
• Developing new mechanisms for creating and distributing a common time across the battlespace 
• Influencing the development of new concepts for space missions, orbit determination, and UK satellite demonstrator missions. 
• Developing the next generation of tools, technology and techniques to allow UK defence and security to operate in the future electromagnetic battlespace. 
• Assessing and devising mitigations for vulnerabilities in electronic hardware, electromagnetic sensors, and communications technologies. 
• Analysing and evaluating safety, security and mission critical software-intensive systems 
• Developing tools, techniques and tradecraft to advance UK cyber capabilities, with a focus on programming, RF/electronics and machine learning to actively defend and counter-attack in cyberspace. 

The UK must maintain an operational advantage to keep our citizens safe and maintain our prosperity. To support this Dstl conducts targeted research and provides specialist advice. If you join us you could be involved in:

• Ensuring that timely, dependable and meaningful information is received by the war fighter. 
• Safeguarding systems, ensuring that they are secure and protected. 
• Applying the latest thinking in data science and artificial intelligence for defence and security purposes. 
• Supporting the development of space demonstrator missions and technologies. 
• Investigating novel sensing techniques and systems (including Quantum). 
• Developing, assessing and testing (including trials) of novel positioning, navigation and timing systems. 
• Supporting the delivery of the UK Cyber Strategy by researching the exploitation of hardware and software vulnerabilities, and by developing tools and solutions. 

To give you a flavour of the work you could be doing, see the attachment at the bottom of the page to read some first-hand experiences from our scientists and engineers and also take a look at 

What benefits can you can expect? 

Our available roles cover Dstl’s career levels 4 - 6 (earning between £21,500 to £53,400 depending on experience). 

In addition we offer you: 
• Real responsibility from the beginning. 
• Development through training, chartership support, PhD or MSc opportunities, coaching and mentoring. 
• A new starters network and programme. 
• Highly flexible working hours with no core hours, and the option for part-time, shared and home working arrangements. 
• 25 days annual leave growing to 30 days after 5 years’ service, plus 8 bank holidays, and the opportunity to buy up to 10 days more leave. 
• Generous pension allowances. 
• On-site gym, sports and social clubs, and other benefits like discounts through a range of schemes