Instrument Repair Technician


Location: Hampshire

Job Type: Full time


About the job

Job summary

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) works to maximise the impact of science and technology on the defence and security of the United Kingdom. In order to do this, we need people who can use their skills to innovate and develop technologies which give our country the winning-edge.

The Nuclear Instrumentation Service (NIS) Team is part of the Radiation Science Group of Dstl, of which the primary role is to provide through life support for Radiation Detection and Monitoring Equipment (RDME) for the MOD.

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

In this role you will be:

  • Responsible for diagnosing faults of Radiation Detection Monitoring Equipment, in order to facilitate accurate repair and maintain high levels of equipment availability.
  • Responsible for undertaking repairs of RDME in accordance with work instructions and documenting completed work appropriately.
  • Responsible for resetting repaired RDME to required default settings.
  • Responsible for maintaining spares holdings to facilitate the repair of customers’ RDME.
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean, tidy and secure repair workshop environment.
  • Responsible for assisting with Dstl and UKAS audits (if required).
  • Responsible for providing support to the DE&S CBRN Delivery Team.

You will be working with others in a specialist team, you will support the provision of an ISO 17025 quality assured service to provide the ‘through life support’ of Radiation Detection and Monitoring Equipment (RDME). The MOD has an enduring requirement to maintain RDME and to ensure we meet the legislative standards required by the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017

Person specification

We are looking for someone who has:

We are looking for a self-motivated, enthusiastic individual to work as an Instrument Repair Technician within the Nucleonic Instrumentation Service (NIS). You will have an existing knowledge of working in a technician role and a good understanding of diagnostics and repair. You will need to have the drive to get involved in practical work whilst maintaining high standards of safety and quality. You don't need experience working in a laboratory, training will be provided for your primary workplace. We encourage continuous professional development.

As a NIS Instrument Repair Technician, you will undertake diagnostic and repair activities of technical equipment used for the purpose of radiation detection by MOD customers. This involves working in the technical workshop areas of the NIS team, of which the primary role of the team is to provide through life support to the Chemical Biological Radiological & Nuclear – Delivery Team (CBRN-DT) of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).



Apprenticeship in electrical engineering or similar field.

BTEC or equivalent qualification in electrical engineering or similar field.

GCSE A*- C (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics.


GCSE A*-C (or equivalent) in Science



  • Experience working with hand tools and specialist test equipment.


  • Previous experience working within production environment(s) and/or a quality management system



  • 2 Years minimum experience in electrical engineering / diagnostics and or repair.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.


  • Previous experience working within production environment(s) and/or a quality management system.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Managing a Quality Service



Dstl’s full range of great benefits can be found in the information pack which includes:

  • Financial: An excellent pension scheme starting from 26% employer contribution (find out more here). In Year Rewarding Achievement bonuses and thank you vouchers. Rental deposit scheme and cycle to work scheme.

  • Flexible working: Options include alternative working patterns such as; compressed hours (e.g. working a 4 day week/ 9 day fortnight), job shares and annualised hours (agreed number of hours per annum paid monthly i.e. working term-time only).

  • Working hours: Flexibility around your working day (e.g. start time, finish time). Ability to bank hours in a 12 month reference period including the ability to accrue and use 3 days per calendar month.

  • Where you work: Depending on your role, blended working may be available including remote working to suit you and your team. This can be discussed at interview.

  • Annual leave: 25 days pro rata (rising to 30 after 5 years) plus 8 public holidays with the ability to buy/sell 5 additional days per annum.

  • Family: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay, an additional 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid

  • Learning and Development: Dstl encourages and supports charterships, accreditations and provides employees access to fully funded apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters Degree). Dstl will pay for 2 memberships with relevant bodies/institutions. Employees also have access to Civil Service Learning.

  • Facilities: Onsite parking, EV Charging points, restaurants, cafés and gyms.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team and we will do all we can to support you.

Sifting will take place once the vacancy closes with interviews being arranged from the 31st October

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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