Cyber and Information Systems Graduate


Graduate Position Permanent Salisbury, UK

Uploaded 14 Sep 2018

Job Description

Are you finishing your electronic engineering, applied physics, applied mathematics, systems engineering or computer science degree and looking for a rewarding and challenging opportunity? If you have a flair for problem solving, a passion for new technologies and you’re looking for a career with a difference, it’s here. 

Our Cyber and Information Systems Division (C&IS) are looking for imaginative, passionate, insightful and confident individuals to join our Graduate programme: Individuals who, as part of a team, will influence the development of the UK’s sensing, intelligence, navigation, space, and cyber capabilities for years to come. 

As a C&IS Graduate you will use skills and knowledge that you developed at university, along with the skills and knowledge that we will teach you, to influence industry and academia and guide the Ministry of Defence’s science and technology programme. 

A variety of graduate roles, all of which include working closely with Government Defence and Security departments are available this year, including:

  • Sensor protection roles, in which you will conduct research that will help ensure that electronic and electro-optic sensors are safe from attack and able to function correctly. 
  • Navigation roles, in which you will exploit your knowledge to conceive, prototype and develop novel positioning tools and techniques that will enable our military forces to operate safely and with precision. 
  • Space roles, in which your ideas will influence the development of new concepts for space missions, orbit determination, and UK satellite demonstrator missions. 
  • Electronic warfare roles, in which you will be developing the next generation of tools, technology and techniques to allow UK defence and security to operate in the future electromagnetic battlespace.
  • Assurance roles, in which knowledge is applied to assessing and devising mitigations for vulnerabilities in electronic hardware, electromagnetic sensors, and communications technologies. 
  • Cyber roles, in which you will work to advance the tools, techniques and tradecrafts required to ensure that the UK is able to establish a world class cyber capability, including the ability to counter-attack in cyberspace. 
  • Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning roles that will use your experience to directly impact how Defence maximises its use of data and to build new capabilities for Defence. 

You will be faced with diverse challenges that will allow you to develop a rounded skill set. You can expect to be deployed on projects ranging from support to UK military operations and protecting national infrastructure. 

Where you will be based: 

You will be based at one of the Dstl core sites: 

  • Porton Down, Salisbury. 
  • Portsdown West, Fareham. 

There will be many opportunities for travel to other Government sites, off-site trials, conferences and visits to external partners. Occasional overseas trips could be a part of your role. 

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 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 
  • Mathematics or Digital Signal Processing 
  • Quantum 
  • Aeronautical/Astronautics Engineering 
  • Electronic or electrical engineering 
  • Data Science 
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Systems engineering 
  • Communications engineering 
  • Software engineering 
  • Computer Science 

You’ll also be expected to demonstrate: 

  • A passion and interest in applying science and engineering knowledge to generate creative solutions to current and future defence related challenges. 
  • An aptitude for quickly learning new technologies and understanding how they work. 
  • Excellent problem solving skills. 
  • Strong IT skills. 
  • A flexible, adaptable and inquisitive approach to work. 
  • Knowledge of some of practical electronics, radio frequency engineering, electro-optic systems, programming languages, open source computer security tools, network security, or data communications is advantageous. 


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

  • Please list the degree you are studying/have completed. 
  • 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 you think you are suitable for this role?


    • UK National

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