Graduate Opportunity

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

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Do you have a background in physics, software, engineering or electronics?

Our armed forces face a challenging and fast changing threat landscape where modern threat weapon systems present a significant challenge to the survivability of UK platforms operating in hostile environments. Could you bring your scientific and engineering expertise to our talented and diverse team to develop new approaches and technologies to protect the UK’s military aircraft, ships and vehicles?

Are you looking for an opportunity to apply and learn new skills in exciting and challenging areas and work alongside experts from across government, industry, academia and the international community? Do you love communicating and sharing ideas with others to develop innovative solutions to established challenges? If so, Electromagnetic Protection Group wants to hear from you.

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Significant changes in the geopolitical landscape coupled with the emergence and proliferation of disruptive technologies is placing unprecedented pressure on our military capabilities. Electronic warfare is the critical enabler to almost all missions – ensuring Air, Land and Maritime platforms are not detected or targeted by guided weapon systems. The rapid evolution of weapon technology requires the UK to pull on a far wider range of specialisms than ever before to defeat them.

We passionately believe that science and technology is the key to redressing the balance and that the UK’s world-class defence scientists and engineers are critical to that future success.

If you have the background, education, skills or experience in any of the following areas, then Electromagnetic Protection Group wants to hear from you.

  • Physics
  • Digital electronics
  • Software engineering and architectures
  • Systems engineering
  • Simulation tools and methods (including analysis of results and data)
  • Applied electromagnetic and electro optic theory
  • Infra-Red technology
  • Digital signal processing
  • Model based design.

On the job training will be provided but we are looking for individuals with strong technical and analytical skills and leadership ability. We use sophisticated software models, world-class electronics laboratories and dynamic trials to test our research concepts and engineering solutions.

We look for innovative ways to gain the edge in research and application, whether by working with science and engineering colleagues in industry and across NATO or by embedding staff in UK military headquarters and command centres. Most of all, we recognise the unique skills and aspirations of our staff and are able to present them with an unparalleled range of opportunities to develop both the UK’s military capabilities and themselves.

We’re looking for individuals with a variety of skills including:

  • Knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum and its applications
  • Digital electronics
  • Optical design skills and practical implementation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Electronics and system level fault finding.
  • Programming Skills (e.g. MatLab, C++)
  • Model based design (e.g. Simulink, LabView)
  • Simulation tools and methods
  • Digital signal processing
  • Complex devices (e.g. FPGAs)
  • Analytics or data analysis experience
  • Software Engineering and architectures
  • Aerodynamics
  • Working as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas
  • Delivering to deadlines
  • Proactive approach to problem solving with an aptitude to think and work innovatively.


We'll provide a great range of benefits including:

  • Flexible working
  • 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
  • A competitive salary
  • Excellent learning and development
  • Onsite gyms and restaurants
  • Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.


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Job ID Number: 1620849
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £21,000 - £43,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Salisbury
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Electronic
  • Physics
  • Software

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