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Aerospace Engineer - Aerospace Systems Group

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham, Hampshire PO17 6AD, and Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JQ
£25,052 - £57,480
Closing date
10 Sep 2022
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Aerospace Engineers - Aerospace Systems Group

Reference number 226372

Salary £25,052 - £57,480

Dstl Level 4 £25,052 - £29,288; Dstl Level 5 £32,626 - £38,066; Dstl Level 6 £40,514 - £47,007; Dstl Level 7 £50,644 - £57,480

Dependent on Skills, Experience and Knowledge.

Location Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham, Hampshire PO17 6AD, and Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JQ


The Aerospace Systems Group (AeSG) develops and exploits cutting edge Science and Technology to maximise the capability of UK MoD Combat Air, Rotorcraft and Novel Autonomous Systems. We have Teams of Flight Scientists, Propulsion Engineers, Concept Developers, Performance Engineers, Mission System Experts, Analysts, and Platform Integration Specialists who work across a wide range of platform systems to deliver independent expertise and advice directly to the Armed Forces

As AeSG continues to grow we are looking for up to 6 Engineers to help ensure we are able to provide UK MoD with the support it needs moving forwards. The vacancies range from graduate positions through to experienced Engineers.

Alongside opportunities to get involved in the FCAS programme, we are also looking for Rotorcraft Engineers to support significant near-term (e.g. New Medium Helicopter) and long-term (e.g. NATO Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability) investments in Rotary Wing platforms by UK MoD. Opportunities within the group could also involve working directly on supporting current UK military platforms such as Apache AH-64E, A400M, Typhoon FGR4 and F-35 Lightning II, be that at an operational level or to better understand upgrade programmes and the benefits they might bring.

Aerospace Systems Group roles:

  • Aerospace EngineerThe purpose of this role is to provide Aerospace Engineering support to multi-disciplinary teams within Dstl. This could entail managing, coordinating, and supporting the delivery of major workstreams within the Dstl Air System Programme, such as FCAS, F-35 Lightning II, Typhoon, and Protector. As a Dstl Aerospace Engineer, you will provide Science and Technology (S&T) support, technical advice and inputs to senior staff in the RAF, MoD, and Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).
  • Performance and Concepts Engineer: Provide technical advice on conceptual design, in-flight performance, and support the development of both current and future fixed wing aircraft. This will involve producing initial design options, optimisation of new / novel designs for specific requirements, as well as mission and point performance assessments of fixed wing aircraft.
  • Rotorcraft Engineer: Providing timely, impartial and authoritative assessment of existing and proposed rotorcraft systems, performance and/or conceptual design. You will be involved in research into the next generation of platform technologies and mission capabilities, as well as opportunities for the enhancement of in-service helicopters.
  • Aerodynamicist: An exciting opportunity exists for an Aerodynamicist to join the Aerospace Sciences Team (AST) to provide technical support/advice and state-of-the-art research on air platform and weapon aerodynamics. This role will include low-order aerodynamic methods, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling and wind tunnel testing. AST undertake internationally recognised research and development to support a wide range of MOD research and acquisition programmes including the Future Combat Aircraft System (TEMPEST) and Hypersonics programmes.
  • Electrical or Mechanical EngineeringIf you have a background in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and an interest in the Aerospace domain please do apply as we are also keen to grow the group in these areas.

Working closely with our Military customers and industry partners there are many opportunities for travel, trials and for staff placements into industry and other MoD organisations. If you choose to join us, you will be working with a friendly and supportive Group who are truly passionate about the work we do and the difference we make.  On the job training will be provided and, where possible, domain awareness trips are undertaken to give staff more of a hands on understanding of current UK MoD platforms and equipment.

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.

These roles will require full UK security clearance at a minimum and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. Certain roles may require the applicant to undergo Developed Vetting, should you have any concerns please raise it at the interview stage or contact the Dstl Recruitment Team.


About us

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the science inside UK defence and security. A proven national asset, Dstl is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) providing world class expertise and delivering cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of the nation and allies.

Who we are

Dstl is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to science and technology in the defence and security field.

Dstl supplies specialist services to MOD and wider government, working collaboratively with external partners in industry and academia worldwide, providing expert research, specialist advice and invaluable operational support.

We are innovative, collaborative and impactful.

Our responsibilities

Our responsibilities include:

  • supplying sensitive and specialist science and technology services for MOD and wider government
  • providing and facilitating expert advice, analysis and assurance on defence procurement
  • leading on the MOD’s science and technology programme
  • understanding risks and opportunities through horizon-scanning
  • acting as a trusted interface between MOD, wider government, the private sector and academia to provide science and technology support to military operations by the UK and her allies
  • championing and developing science and technology skills across MOD
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