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30 Nov 2021

STEM Summer/Industrial Placement

Dstl Stand: S104


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

About the job


Are you currently studying for an engineering, physics, maths, astrophysics, information science, communications systems, information technology, computer science, or similar degree and looking for an exciting and challenging role with an organisation committed to ongoing career development?

Our Cyber and Information Systems (CIS) division is actively seeking bright, enthusiastic and inquisitive students to make innovative contributions to our project teams in the cyber, navigation, space, communications, information systems, command and control and intelligence areas. You can contribute to ensuring that the UK exploits and field’s science and technology that is fit for the increasingly contested, congested and constrained electromagnetic environment of the future.

You will be working with our world-class team on a technical project that will make an impact to the UK Armed Forces. You will be working in our flexible office environment at Dstl Porton Down or Portsdown West. We offer paid holiday and advice for finding local accommodation. At the end of your placement there are opportunities for financial sponsorship in your final year or potentially even an offer of permanent employment.

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

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.

The following are a few examples of the many skills you could learn in one of the roles in CIS:

  • How to evaluate software intensive systems that ensure the UK’s safety, security and missions

  • How to emulate adversarial behaviour and actions to enable to us better defend our cyber assets

  • Develop next generation technology that others may say is impossible

  • Software Reverse Engineering (e.g. IDA, Ghidra, Wireshark)

  • Software Defined Radio/GNUradio

  • Coding in languages such as Python, C/C++, VHDL, Matlab

  • Sensing in the Electromagnetic Spectrum (can you find the needle in the haystack?)

  • Modelling of Radar, Electro-optic, Quantum and Position, Navigation & Timing systems

  • Software design/engineering skills

  • Quantum Sensor Evaluation

  • Impact and Mitigations of Electronic Warfare on Navigation and Timing Systems

  • How to better understand security implications and mitigations

  • …and many many more!




We are looking for someone 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


We have a diverse variety of roles that offer the chance to apply the science and technology that you are currently learning about on your course, to real problems and help the UK’s armed forces and Defence.

In addition to the work you have undertaken on your course so far, we’re looking for individuals who are inquisitive, who enjoy solving problems and thinking outside the box. You can expect to be deployed on a range of projects that will develop both your technical skillset and give you the opportunity to broaden you understanding of applied science and technology.

Whatever your role, you will have the opportunity to make a technical contribution, although due to the sensitive the nature of our work, you may not be able to tell everyone about it.

For the full list of skills and experiences relevant to to this role please see the attached job profile at the bottom of the page.


For these posts you will need to be studying for a degree in a STEM subject, for example:
• Aeronautical Engineering
• Artificial Intelligence
• Communications Engineering
• Computer Modelling
• Computer Science
• Cyber Security
• Data Analysis
• Data Fusion
• Data Science
• Electronics Engineering
• Electronics and Communincations Engineering
• Ethical Hacking
• Information Technology
• Mathematics
• Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE)
• Operational Research
• Physics
• Psychology
• Science
• Signal Processing
• Software Engineering
• Space Science
• Space Science and Engineering
• Space Systems Engineering
• Space Technology
• Systems Architecture
• System Engineering
• Systems Thinking

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