Careers at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

DSTL recruits scientists, engineers, analysts, programme and project managers, and finance, logistics, medical and communications personnel.

While each role will have its own individual qualification and technical requirements, there are some standard requirements and personal qualities we look for in our candidates. You must:

  • be a UK national (unfortunately dual nationals cannot be considered for positions)
  • have resided in the UK for the past 5 years.

Because of the nature of our work, all our successful candidates will need to be security cleared before working for us. This can take several weeks.

As well as a rewarding career in defence science and technology, Dstl offers its staff (including graduatesindustrial placement studentssummer students and apprentices) a wide range of benefits and training opportunities in a supportive, encouraging and flexible environment.

Learn more about the application process below.

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory application steps

  • Online Application
  • Telephone Interview
  • Situational Judgement Test
  • Assessment Centre

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory test guides

You will be asked to undertake a form of SJT. This psychometric test presents you with a series of challenging scenarios that one might encounter in the workplace and then a number of possible responses to the scenario. You then chose which one you feel is the best way to describe how you would react. As with the rest of the tests you will be timed and so it is important that you read the information properly and not rush.

The group exercise demonstrates how you work and perform in a team. The group will be presented with information, including a number of issues and you will need to produce solutions. Ensure to find a balance between speaking up and making your point but without dominating the group. You must show the assessor that you can work well in any situation, especially within a team as that is something that will be expected of you at the company.

This will involve analysing material. You will be given 45 minutes to read a series of documents with information and will be then expected to produce a written report based on the content. You will be assessed on how you deal with the information provided and how you analyse literature. Ensure that have good background knowledge and that you are able to formulate a well-structured and succinct piece of writing.

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