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About Dstl

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) provides UK Government with highly sensitive and specialist S&T research, advice and analysis.

We’re here to help protect the nation

The Dstl team is focused on maximising the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the UK.

We are the home of unexpected science

The ideas and solutions we devise for our customers can come from anywhere. We scan the horizon for the emerging technological breakthroughs – and find imaginative ways to harness existing knowledge in new and unexpected ways.

We work with the people with the best ideas

At Dstl, you’ll find a workforce of respected scientists and professionals who specialise in many different Science, Technology and related disciplines. Our team also collaborate on research and projects with some of the most talented people around the world, in both industry and academia.
We’re committed to the next generation

As a member of the 5% club, we’re committed to ensuring that 5% of our workforce are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on a structured programme within the next five years.

We offer experiences few others can

Dstl offers you the chance to work on fascinating and far-reaching projects in a unique setting where you’ll learn from some of the UK’s brightest minds.


We offer placements for Analysts, Engineers and Scientists across a broad range of fields and disciplines.

Industrial placements: A unique 50 week placement featuring hands-on, lab-based tasks and in-depth, insightful research work.

Summer internship/placements: 8-12 week placements that give you an enviable insight into Dstl, while offering excellent rewards.

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DSTL Latest Reviews

  • Summer Intern

    I thoroughly enjoyed the 14 weeks I spent at DSTL. The wide range of work that occurs there alongside the flexibility to find work that interests you means it is almost impossible to not enjoy coming ...


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  • Summer Internship

    I really enjoyed this work placement. The work I did was varied and incredibly interesting. I got to work with multiple teams on different projects and undertake work that was interesting and new allo...


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  • Summer Student

    I really enjoyed working at Dstl. Porton Down is a great environment with a real "uni" feel to it - you're surrounded by talented people and you get to work right at the leading edge of technology. Th...


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Awards and Commendations

[2017] RateMyPlacement Top 100 [2016] RateMyPlacement Top 100