Summer Placement - Counter Terrorism and Security Division


Dstl Porton Down or Dstl Fort Halstead


About the job


Studying for a STEM degree and looking for an exciting placement that’s also surprisingly different

We are looking for students who want to develop their expertise while delivering high impact research and scientific services to help protect the UK from current and future terrorist and security threats.

Working for the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and Other Government Departments, we support ground breaking technical research areas and provides 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.

Job description

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.


We are looking for someone who wants to:
• Make a real difference/impact to the defence and security of the UK
• Develop analytical and research solutions to solve unique and complex problems Work alongside the best minds within Government, industry and academia
• Learn new skills, techniques and to continue their own professional development

With some knowledge of the role of defence, security and policing when you begin, we'll expect you to develop an understanding of the UK’s Armed Forces and Security community and their challenges.

You'll need
Good standard of Mathematics, English and brworking towards a degree (or equivalent) in one of the following:

• Electronic or Electrical Engineering
• Systems Engineering
• Communications Engineering
• Software Engineering
• Engineering Mathematics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Computer Science
• Maths
• Physics
• Machine Intelligence

You will also be expected to demonstrate:
• Strong IT skills
• A flexible, adaptable and inquisitive approach to work.


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

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills

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

  • Please state the title of the degree (or equivalent) you are studying and state the modules you are taking. please list any results you have as well.
  • What area of your studies do you find the most interesting and why?
  • Please give an example of some technical/Engineering/scientific work you have completed


We'll provide a great range of benefits including:

Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month.
Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
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.
Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
A competitive salary.
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 maximizes 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 Identity Network
• Faith and Culture Network
• Parents and Carer Support Network
• Alternative Working Network
• Gender Equality Network
• New Starters Network
• Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities

For further information about DSTL please check out our LinkedIn page 

Apply today!