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Cyber Security Engineers, Analysts & Researchers

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JQ
£25,052 - £54,683
Closing date
18 Sep 2022
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Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JQ

About the job Summary

Can you help to protect the UK from emerging cyber threats? 

Are you interested in using your skills on classified projects you cannot work on anywhere else? 

Do you want to be part of a team that conducts cutting edge science and engineering?  

The military and civilian worlds are entirely dependent on electronic systems and data. This affects everything from our everyday phones and laptops through to our military vehicles, power distribution, communications systems, and other 'invisible' systems. 

Dstl’s cyber capability protecting UK Defence and Security from the cyber threats to our systems, networks and military platforms.

It’s not the stuff that we can say about our work that makes it exciting... it's the stuff we can't!

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. 

We particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl at these levels.

Job description

We need a diverse range of people with creative minds who can bring individual perspectives to our classified challenges. 

We work across software, electronics, RF, hardware, security and safety critical systems to:

  • Invent and develop novel cyber tools, techniques and capabilities.
  • Research current and future novel technologies in the cyber domain.
  • Analyse the vulnerabilities in cyber technologies - how they work and how to break them! Understanding how they can be broken is critical to building appropriate protections for them.
  • Develop proofs of concept that can become assured solutions.
  • Steward and support the continued evolution of trustworthy technologies and solutions for our military networks and systems
  • Provide through-life security, safety and cyber resilience for software-intensive products, systems and services.
  • Advise on, create and support UK MOD cyber policy, certification, regulations and guidance. 

We use our cyber expertise in everything from security, safety and autonomous systems through to hardware, antennae and large complex software to deliver solutions that afford the UK global strategic advantage. .

If you want to work with unique capabilities, facilities and colleagues to protect the UK through supporting current and future cyber operations then Dstl’s Cyber and Information Systems Division is the place for you.  

For more information on the Cyber roles, please see attached below.


We are looking for individuals who can think systematically, logically, and creatively.  You will have a natural desire to understand how and why systems function as they do. 

You should be able to demonstrate an aptitude and appetite for complex problem solving and communicate effectively.

You will have a clear passion for science, engineering and technology coupled with the desire to ensure that the UK Armed Forces have the best information, security and equipment possible.

There are no mandatory qualifications or certifications needed for our hands-on cyber roles.

If you have a passion for technology and want a career that makes a positive difference to the Defence and Security of the UK then these roles could be right for you. Even if you are unsure that you meet all of the criteria, you may well have skills or a mind-set that we need!

We really want to see your CV!

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.

Work location:
Dstl is strongly encouraging blended and flexible working either at one of our sites or from home or both. We want to empower you to undertake your duties at the most appropriate location for the task, however you will be allocated a Dstl site as a base. You may be required to travel to other Dstl and MoD sites as required.  


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

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


We'll provide a great range of benefits including;

Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 37 hours can be taken in any calendar month.
Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
Chartership and accreditation support.
Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
A competitive salary. Onsite gyms and restaurants.Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

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. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;

- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network

- Race, Faith and Culture Network

- Parents and Carer Support Network

- Alternative Working Network

- Gender Equality Network

- New Starters Network

- Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities.


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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