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Electromagnetic Activities Scientists and Engineers - (Extended)


Location: Wiltshire

Job Type: Full time


About the job

Job summary

Are you an Electronics Engineer, Physicist or do you have an academic background in a related area? Do you want to learn something new?

Do you want to contribute to UK Defence and Security and help protect our nation? Do you enjoy travel or working in locations that are perhaps, a little bit different? Are you looking for a challenge?

Could you be the next UK or International expert in an area of Electromagnetic Activities? If the answer to any of these is yes, then we have a fantastic opportunity for you!

The Electronic Warfare Technology & Enterprise (EWTE) Group is made up of Physicists, Mathematicians, RF, Electronic, Software, Communications and System Engineers and internationally recognised experts in Electromagnetic Activities (EMA).

We deliver across the full scale of Defence Science & Technology; from sponsoring and mentoring PhDs, through R&D for future systems, to providing highly classified analysis and advice into current operations.

We use the depth of experience across the group to help the Ministry of Defence deliver new EW systems for our Armed Forces, providing research-based advice on everything from new signal detection algorithms to how those systems are connected and operated in the UK and Allied forces.

We are looking for enthusiastic and passionate Engineers and Physicists to work on interesting research projects that cannot be done anywhere else. If you have a passion for the area and would like to make a real difference we want to hear from you.

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.

Job description

In this role you will:

  • Work and lead on projects ranging from research to direct operational support.
  • Work and lead on a variety of interesting and challenging problems that cannot be done elsewhere due to their sensitivity.
  • Make a difference and have pride in what you do; our work improves the capabilities of the UK Armed Forces, keeps British Citizens safe and supports national prosperity.
  • Be trusted by Academia, Industry and partner nations alike.
  • Do the right things for the right reasons; we’re impartial and not in it for profit.
  • Form links with an array of partners both home and abroad including the Armed Forces, other Government departments and industry.
  • Develop your career in exciting new areas that are growing to meet cutting-edge challenges.

Person specification

We are looking for someone who has:

The primary requirements for the role are the ability to deliver technical work and have the experience and academic level necessary to work alongside and develop your technical expertise. You are not necessarily expected to be the finished article but ideally you will have some level of experience, knowledge and skills in any one or more of the areas listed below:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • RF Propagation and Antenna Theory
  • Electromagnetism
  • Knowledge of Electronic Warfare

The group would be particularly interested in applicants whose technical hobbies include Amateur Radio, coding and use of tools such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

Important Information:

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be UK Nationals who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to undertake the projects we are involved in to protect us from security threats. For this reason, only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. For some roles Developed Vetting will also be required, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions


Alongside your salary of £35,970, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory contributes £9,712 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.


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 shortly after the role has closed with successful applicants being invited to attend an interview either online via MS Teams or face to face at one of Dstl's sites.

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 developed vetting (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.