Cyber and Information Systems Graduate


Graduate Position Permanent Fareham, Salisbury, UK

Uploaded 5 Oct 2017

Job Description

Finishing your engineering, physics, maths, astrophysics or computer science degree and looking for an exciting and unusual role? 

Our Cyber and Information Systems division are welcoming Graduates to support the development of the UK’s cyber, space and intelligence capabilities. 

You will use your skills and knowledge to support the Ministry of Defence’s science and technology programme in a relevant area to your skillset. A variety of graduate roles are available within CIS division this year and include ; 

• A space research role developing new concepts for space missions, orbit determination, supporting a UK satellite demonstrator mission, or using an understanding of engineering or physics to work with our academic partners to explore how emerging technologies can be of benefit to the MOD. 

• In a more cyber focussed role you will be working to advance the tools, techniques and tradecrafts required to ensure the UK is able to establish a world class cyber capability; including the ability to counter-attack in cyberspace. 

• You may also find yourself using your knowledge of electronic engineering and/or physics to consider vulnerabilities in electronic hardware, electromagnetic sensors, and communications technologies in a wide range of military applications and civilian technologies. 

• Data Science and Artificial Intelligence roles that will allow you to have a direct impact on how Defence maximises its use of data, building new capabilities for Defence and helping it to save money. This includes the working alongside real Defence Intelligence activities and opportunities for postings overseas. 

• A Navigation role improving existing, and developing new, ways to accurately resolve position, orientation and velocity of people, vehicles and weapons whether that be through Global navigation systems or other means. 

We need people from broad backgrounds and we will draw on your interests by expecting you to think creatively about your work – work you cannot do anywhere but here. 

What is common to all the Cyber and Information Systems Graduate specialisms is that you are motivated by a real passion for science and technology and enjoy working in an environment that is technically challenging. 

Whether your role is in support of our Cyber, Space, Sensing or data science activities you will make an immediate contribution to projects. 

We have a diverse variety of roles that offer the chance to develop a rounded skill set through challenging and complex responsibilities. You can expect to be deployed on a range of projects from supporting UK military operations to protecting national infrastructure. 
Alongside your specialist expertise, we’re looking for individuals who think systematically, creatively and sometimes deviously. 

Our roles give you the opportunities too: 
• Apply your technical skills and knowledge in lab-based research, practical technology projects, or military systems evaluation; 
• Collaborate as part of complementary team to develop and deliver scientific, software or engineering solutions; 
• Communicate your project results to Dstl’s customers in a way that non-scientists can understand; 
• Write up your work into formal technical reports; 

Your Team: 
We will embed you into a diverse team of deep technical specialists from multidisciplinary backgrounds. You will work with other team members, project managers and students in delivering an array of projects. 

Where you will be based: 
You’ll be based at one of the Dstl core sites: 
Porton Down, Salisbury 
Fareham, Portsdown West 

Travel opportunities to additional sites, off-site trials, conferences and visits to external partners, and occasional trips overseas could be a part of your role. 

Security Clearance Required: 
The security of our work means that only UK nationals who have also resided in the UK for the last 5 years (10 years for certain roles) can be considered. Unfortunately dual nationals are not eligible. 

Our Ethos: 
We embrace diversity and promote equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for individuals with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. 

Person Specification

If you have completed any work placements whilst at University or during study breaks that you feel have prepared you for a role with as us at Dstl please provide us with details.


We’ll need you to have a good standard of maths and English and a degree in one of the following; 
• Physics 
• Maths 
• Aeronautical/Astronautics Engineering 
• Electronic or electrical engineering 
• Systems engineering 
• Communications engineering 
• Software engineering 
• Computer Science 
• Data Science 
• Artificial Intelligence 

You’ll also be expected to demonstrate; 
• A passion and interest in applying science and engineering knowledge to provide creative solutions to current and future defence related challenges. 
• An aptitude for picking up new technologies and understanding how they work quickly. 
• Excellent problem solving skills. 
• Strong IT skills. 
• A flexible, adaptable and inquisitive approach to work. 
• Knowledge of open source computer security tools, network security, data communications, practical electronics skills, radio frequency engineering and programming languages would be an advantage. 

Your experience: 
• With some knowledge of the role of defence when you begin, we'll expect you to develop an understanding of the Armed Forces and the issues they face currently and in the future. 

When you provide us with your qualification information please ensure you start with your degree details.


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

  • Please list your top three technical areas of interest/degree modules and include a short explanation as to your choices 
  • How would your preferred technical areas be of benefit to Dstl and Defence?
  • Please tell us about any extra-curricular activities that you feel might be relevant for a role at Dstl
  • Why do you think you are suitable for this role?

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