Portsdown West, Fareham

About the job

Do you want to make a difference to the way Defence and Security operates and protect the UK, and our armed forces, from real world threats both at home and abroad?
Do you want the opportunity to learn and apply new skills in exciting and challenging areas, working alongside experts from across government, industry, academia and the international community?
We use a range of advanced techniques, from modelling and simulation, trials and experimentation with technology through to designing and delivering wargames at both strategic and tactical levels. We are leading in the development of cutting edge analysis techniques to understand how new and emerging technologies will impact on the future security of the UK.

We are recruiting up to 15 talented individuals across the Simulation and Numerical Methods group to use their specialist knowledge innovatively and to work in multidisciplinary teams in the following areas:

• Training, Simulation and Synthetic Environments
• Software Engineering
• Wargaming and Simulation
• Manual Wargaming

The following are some recent highlights of the exciting work undertaken by the group:

We are combining the use of games engines like Unity with the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence to build next generation models of conflict. Read about some of this work in a presentation given at the ISMOR35 conference

We are a key sponsor for the Connections UK wargaming conference, bringing together military and civilians from around the globe to advance and sustain the art, science and application of wargaming.

See a recent blog Wargaming in the Arctic where members of the group joined the Royal Marines on their expedition to Norway, part of 40 Commando’s arctic training.
Job description
Depending on your skills and experience you'll be working in one of the following areas;

The Training and Transformative Technologies Team focuses on innovative methods and tools to deliver Military Training and Education. This includes representing future Operating Environments in simulation and exploiting novel training approaches such as Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Technologies.

The Wargaming capability you would be joining uses wargaming as a structured analytical technique to understand conflict in order to provide advice to the Ministry of Defence and wider UK Government. It is a multidisciplinary capability, drawing on quantitative and qualitative operational analysis techniques, facilitation, adjudication, and player interaction in order to model warfare, conflict or adversarial scenarios to identify and assess factors that can lead to different results (e.g. failure, success or something in between) within a given setting.

The Software Modelling & Simulation team provides the software engineering expertise to our division and is leading on the development of innovative software and software models for the future. As well as building this next generation software we have the responsibility, working with industry, to maintain and improve our existing computer-based wargames & simulations.

We need talented individuals who have
• A desire to make a real difference/impact to the defence and security of the UK
• The motivation to learn new skills, techniques and to continue their own professional development.
• A passion to work with the best and brightest minds whether they are in government, industry or academia.
• A keen and enquiring mind with a logical and scientific approach to problem solving.

With various roles available we need individuals with skills and ability in any of the following;
• Quantitative analysis (e.g. Mathematical and Statistical techniques)
• Qualitative analysis (e.g. Narrative Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Grounded Theory etc.)
• Familiarity with computer systems, hardware and operating systems.
• Software Engineering
• Computer Science
• Development with Unity and/or Unreal
• Simulation architectures
• Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality
• An understanding of Live, Virtual and Constructive simulations.
• Military Training and Education
• Playing, designing and facilitating the use of wargames in support of analysis: Computer assisted or manual games
• Trials planning and experimentation

To find out more please join us for a virtual meet and greet

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

    Working Together
    Changing and Improving
    Communicating and Influencing

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

    Communicating and Influencing

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.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page: 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 security check.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
We will be regularly reviewing applications and inviting people to interview throughout the advertising period.

With so many roles on offer we'll help find the best fit for you and invite you in for an interview and to find out more about the teams and the various positions.

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.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants
Name : Resourcing Team
Email : dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Further information
Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

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