Job Descriptions

30 Nov 2021

STEM Graduate

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Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham or Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury. Travel opportunities to additional sites, off-site trials, conferences and visits to external partners, and occasional trips overseas could be a part of your role.

About the job


Are you looking for a rewarding career in Science and Technology?

Would you like exciting work, working alongside interesting people on projects that will deliver impactful transformation to the way Defence & Security operates, with the opportunity for continued self-development?

Do you want to use your knowledge and experience to explore and transform our capabilities, delivering agile ‘generation after next’ ideas & concepts, policy and strategy to protect the security and stability of the UK, and partner nations?

Dstl’s Exploration Division are looking to recruit graduates from a wide range of disciplines who have a passion for science and technology, and who are looking for more than just a job - a career. Working at Dstl you will have access to high profile, classified information that very few people will ever see. You will then use this information to research/develop the science and technology needed to protect the UK, and partner nations, from internal/external threats. Your role will be in a one of Exploration division’s specific groups but there will be opportunities for placements in other groups inside and possibly outside the division.

Job description

We offer the opportunity to develop your innovative skills within a highly successful team, whose services are in high demand. You can expect to be deployed on projects across a number of domains. You will work across MOD, Government and with our partners in Industry and Academia.

In this role you will:
• Work on a variety of interesting and challenging problems that owing to their sensitivity cannot be done elsewhere
• Make a difference and have pride in what you do; our work improves the front-line capability of the UK Armed Forces and Government, keeps British citizens safe and support national prosperity. We are proud of our impartial status, doing things for the right reasons
• Form links across Government, Industry and Academia. Work with an array of partners both at home and abroad including the Armed Forces, other Government departments and Industry
• Drive your career, with great opportunities to gain new skills and qualifications, work with leading experts and ensure your working life is never boring.

We have roles available in the following groups:
Futures and Innovation Group
Leading on ‘Futures’ we identify and assess emerging trends, capabilities and technologies; the imagining and development of transformative technologies, concepts and systems, through ‘incubation’ to realisation. To develop the capability we identify innovative approaches to futures analysis and are a centre for understanding external studies & engagement across the wider futures community.

Systems, Analysis and Social Science Group
We use systems skills, ‘soft’ operational research (OR), strategic analysis and behavioural and social sciences expertise to identify and understand complex defence and security problems. We structure, assess and develop pathways to promote change, influence decisions and guide problem owners on the implementation for the future.

Future Concepts Evaluation
Utilising qualitative and quantitative operational research methods, including wargaming, modelling & simulation, we assess Defence & Security policies, strategies, concepts & force structures, to further develop understanding of the future operating environment.

Transformative Techniques and Technologies Group
We lead on the development of novel strategies, concepts, systems and technologies through the use of specialisms like software development, data science & analytics, transformative technologies and the human-digital environments to better enable exploitation of these for Defence and Security.


We are looking for some who has:
• STEM related academic knowledge
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Good problem solving skills
• The ability to work on unbounded problems and apply scientific or engineering knowledge to them
• The passion to keep learning and developing themselves
• The desire to understand how things work and to improve them
• The ability to work independently and in teams
• The ability to work outside of their comfort zone
• Self-starting skills (i.e. confidence, motivation, innovation, creativity)
• Integrity

Membership of a relevant professional body is desirable but not essential. Dstl will pay the fees for up to 2 professional memberships if you are successfully appointed. Dstl will also support and encourage you in gaining a higher level of membership of a professional body.

Please see the attached job profile for the full list of skills and experience relevant for this role.


For these posts you will need an undergraduate degree in a STEM subject, for example:
• Computer Science
• Data Analysis
• Data Engineering
• Data Science
• Futures or Foresight
• Game Design
• Historical Analysis
• Mathematics
• MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics)
• Physics
• Political Science/Studies
• Sociology & Human Geography
• Software Development
• Systems Engineering
• Systems Thinking
• War Studies

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