Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

3.6 /5 155 reviews
Opportunities Offered:
Internship (1-4 Months) Placement Year (10 Months+)
Mathematics/Statistics Electronic and Electrical Engineering Aerospace/Aviation Physics Science/Research

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About Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

Working for the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and Other Government Departments, we support ground breaking technical research and provide unique services to respond rapidly to operational demands and ensure that the UK retains an operational advantage.

We are responsible for ensuring the government has up-to-date skills and capabilities to understand and defeat terrorist threats. We provide the UK expertise in a spectrum of engineering and scientific fields and you’ll be working at the forefront of defence and security research and innovation, a dynamic and rapidly evolving environment.

Our roles give you the opportunities to:

  • Work within a complementary team of specialists to deliver scientific, analytical and engineering solutions
  • Collaborate, nationally and internationally, on field trials and in laboratory testing, to support the delivery of scientific evidence
  • Develop broad networks across the world with external partners, academic institutes and government departments
  • Drive your career, with great opportunities to gain new skills and qualifications, work with field-leading experts and ensure your working life is never boring.
  • Work with customers and the military to understand their requirements & develop solutions.
  • Lead small work packages, being responsible for your own research and analysis.
  • Provide technical advice and direction to industrial and academic partners and suppliers.
  • Prepare and deliver technical reports and presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of defence and security challenges and issues.

Training and Development

We will support your early career development through a mixture of on-the-job, course-based training and possible placements which include;

  • Talks and discussion groups led by some of our technical experts.
  • Personal skills development.
  • Networking with other students and graduates, both in our division and across Dstl, including access to our new starter support network.


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.

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 Network
  • Faith and Culture Network
  • Parents and Carer Support Network
  • Alternative Working Network
  • Gender Equality Network
  • New Starters Network
  • Enabled Network

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page

Important Information

The security of our work means that only UK nationals who have also resided in the UK for the last 5 years (10 years for certain roles) can be considered. Some roles will require Developed Vetting (DV). Unfortunately dual nationals cannot be considered.

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

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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Latest Reviews

  • Placement Student

    Very much. Work at DSTL can be challenging and varied. One of the main advantages is that you can be signed onto several projects at once. This means that work carried out can differ day to day keeping it engaging. One day you could be carrying out theoretical work and the next you could be doing very hands on work. I really enjoyed this aspect....


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  • Analytical Scientist

    The work is very interesting and colleagues are very friendly and helpful...


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  • Summer Intern

    It was insightful and enjoyable experience to be able to get a look at the wide variety of work that was being done and to get a chance to experience a few of the areas that interested me most when i first applied. I was also offered opportunities that were not initially advertised and yet improved the experience and made me appreciate even more the impact the company has....


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