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Under Water Acoustic Analyst


Location: Hampshire

Job Type: Full time


About the job

Job summary

Do you have a background in acoustic analysis and the operation of Sonar Systems in the underwater domain?
Do you have a passion for excellence, a drive to identify areas for change with innovative solutions and a desire to seek opportunities for continuous improvement?

Could you bring your analysis and operating experience to our talented and diverse teams to protect our Armed Forces? If so, we want to hear from you.
You will be joining a team of professional analysts; civilian and military. Analysts are responsible for the track reconstruction and analysis of acoustic signatures produced by surface ships, submarines and maritime patrol aircraft. This will include the identification of sources of noise and assessment of acoustic vulnerabilities. Data basing of the acoustic signature and production of analysis reports are essential to the role.

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:
  • Provide timely, impartial, evidence-based advice to enable informed decisions representing “best value” and a maximum return on investment.
  • Conduct in-depth acoustic analysis of target signature data
  • Be required to conduct track reconstruction to support analysis output.
  • Present precise results and findings in an agreed format.
  • Data basing the results of analysis.
  • Be responsible for delivering work packages, often within finite time frames, to support maritime operational capabilities.
  • Support acoustic analysis and modelling solutions and studies by collating and exploiting acoustic datasets.
  • Support broader acoustic analysis effort during times of lean manning.
  • Develop an understanding of related capabilities within Dstl, other government departments/agencies and third party external providers.

Person specification

We are looking for someone who has:
  • The aptitude to see opportunities when analytical output can be used to help inform decisions in the Research (Science & Technology) domain.
  • The agility to react at short notice and deliver critical outputs within tight timeframes.
  • An engaging and collaborative ability in presenting to customers and working with stakeholders.
  • A passion to apply innovation during work activity and have the vision to identify change opportunities.
  • The desire to succinctly specify problems and seek opportunities to embed solutions making a real difference.

    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:

  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

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

  • Up to date knowledge of maritime military sonar systems, warship and submarine design and acoustic signatures, acoustic analysis equipment and techniques.
  • An in-depth knowledge of how to analyse and interpret passive/active sonar data.
    • Proven track record of writing clear & concise technical reports.
    • Understanding of target passive acoustic signatures, how underwater sensors use the signature information to Detect, Classify, Locate and Track sonar contacts.
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We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • Up to date knowledge of maritime military sonar systems, warship and submarine design and acoustic signatures, acoustic analysis equipment and techniques.


Alongside your salary of £35,970, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory contributes £9,711 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.

The information pack can be found attached to the job specification on Civil Service Jobs.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

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

The sift will be completed by 30 November and interviews held in person at Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham, Hampshire on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th December. As part of the interview you will carry out a practical exercise.

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.