30 September 2019


Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Location: Fareham
Salary: £24,500 - £43,500

Job Description


About the job

Platform Survivability Group (PSuG) conducts research and provides advice on all aspects of survivability for current military platforms and future concepts across air, land and maritime domains.

Our work impacts both research and procurement decisions and helps to inform MOD on the survivability performance of current and future systems.

The Combat Air Survivability - Simulation (CAS-S) team provides advice and assessment of Military Fast-Jet platforms in a variety of missions, against airborne and ground based threats. We support evidence-based decision-making and future concept development, ultimately protecting our airman and allowing our systems to complete their missions.

You will be supporting software development and delivery of trials for frontline military Aircrew using the Cutlass man-in-the-loop simulator, to assess operational effectiveness of F-35, Typhoon and future Combat Air platforms in threat environments. Cutlass is a truly world-class simulation capability based at DE&S Abbey Wood, which has been used by the UK, US and other F-35 nations to support Lightning II system design, capability trades, tactics development and evaluation of future improvements. F-35 is the largest Military procurement programme in history, and Cutlass has been influential in a number of areas on a multinational scale.

This capability area is rapidly growing, and consequently there will be opportunity for you to grow your skills, experience and responsibilities.

You may also be required to support other areas of the group in future, depending upon aptitude and the balance of demand.
Examples of the work we have supported include:
• Development of future tactics for F-35;
• Understanding how to maximise the complimentary benefits of using F-35 and Typhoon together in combat missions;
• Support to procurement decisions e.g. platform capability improvements and weapons integration;
• Development of a new relocatable facility to support the front line.
Job description
You will be joining a close-knit team who are in high demand and for which significant additional work is planned in future, including the development of a new facility.

As part of that team you will be responsible for tasks which contribute directly to the success of Trials, often to challenging deadlines and with loose requirements which will require you to develop solutions to problems.

Work will involve development of software to represent aircraft or threat sub-systems, or for control and review of missions in the simulator. You will also support the preparation and delivery of simulator Trials, and the development of both the existing and future facilities. This work will be conducted at your home site, DE&S Abbey Wood, and other locations within the UK.

The role does not initially include and budgetary or person-management responsibilities, but as you grow within the team you will support mentoring of future recruits.

We are looking for someone to join a growing team, and who has:
• An interest in Aircraft, Air Combat and Simulation;
• A basic understanding of aircraft and threat subsystems;
• Experience of programming, or a consistent record of logical thinking;
• A desire to become part of a close-working team;
• Flexibility to work away from site for significant periods of time; and
• A willingness to work long hours when required to meet Trial deadlines.

You will be responsible for:
• Timely delivery of software developments to model aircraft sub-systems, weapons, air and ground threat systems, and other associated simulator elements, including appropriate testing, validation and documentation;
• Supporting the successful delivery of simulation trials including the provision of advice to customers and exploitation of trial outcomes into the wider Dstl work programme(s) as appropriate;
• Contributing to influencing major procurement programmes both nationally and internationally;
• Liaising with internal and external Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), and interacting effectively with UK / international customers and military aircrew as necessary;
• Providing analysis and/or system engineering support, including tasking, mentoring and oversight of colleagues’ work where appropriate.

We are looking for someone who is:
• Intelligent, inquisitive and self-motivated;
• Able to use their own initiative and be enthusiastic in solving problems;
• Conscientious in their approach to validation and testing of completed work;
• Diligent, showing attention to detail and responsive to critical review;
• Resilient, including having an ability to work under pressure;
• A clear communicator having good oral and written communication skills.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Delivering at Pace
Communicating and Influencing
Working Together
Developing Self and Others
We'll provide a great range of benefits including;
• Flexible working
• 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
• Pension
• Generous annual leave
• A competitive salary
• Excellent learning and development
• Onsite gyms and restaurants
• Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Dstl supports on-going training and development for staff at all levels, and will provide a mixture of on-the-job training alongside formal training courses where required to meet the necessary skillset for the role.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page 
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Selection shall comprise of an initial sift taking into account suitability against the skills and experience detailed below, followed by a panel interview where the candidate will be asked to give a short introduction to themselves, followed by behavioural and technical questions from the panel members.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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 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.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name : Dstl recruitment
Email : DSTLRECRUITMENT@dstl.gov.uk
Telephone : 01980 950000 option 4
Recruitment team :
Email : dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk
Further information
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