Electronic Warfare & Communications Group – Varied roles job with Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

About the job


Do you have experience within Electronic Warfare, Electronic Communications or have an interest in using your engineering background (Electronic or Software) for the good of the nation? If so then we have a role for you.

The Electronic Warfare & Communications Group is the lead for specialist Communications and Electronic Warfare aspects of Dstl’s Counter Terrorism and Security capability.

We provide science and engineering support for military and security operations and conduct research and development in areas including Electronic countermeasures (historically focused on countering improvised explosive devices); cellular and mobile protocols; wireless communications and electronic surveillance; electromagnetic compatibility; and radio-frequency directed energy weapons for the purpose of Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism Systems of the UK.

The Group’s purpose is to provide Users with state of the art technological developments that confers operational advantage and freedom of action. The Group is one of the largest and most technically diverse groups within Dstl, and we have opportunities for a number of experienced Engineers & Scientists to join our growing capability.

Dstl salary levels are as follows:

Each level requires a different skillset/ requirements: Level 4: Be a team member, Level 5/6: Influential technical member or even a level 7: Senior technical leader for the team delivering Science and Technology (S&T)

Level 4: £25,052 – £ 29,228

Level 5: £32,626 – £38,066

Level 6: £40,514 – £47,007

Level 7: £50,644 – £57,480

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 particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl at these levels.

Job description

Here in the group we are looking for multiple hires across all the teams. We are looking for those people who match one of the roles below:

Electronic Systems Engineer Lvl 4/5:

Fancy working on state-of-the-art Defence projects protecting the UK and overseas against Electronic Warfare as an Electronic Systems Engineer with a good understanding of electronics, RF communications, network and software engineering that may include; embedded hardware and software research and product design, software defined radio, systems engineering, and EW? Then, if you’ve got what it takes come and work for the best of the best.

Electronics Engineer Lvl 3/4:

The ET&S team provides the first level interpretation of a new ECM threat. The teams analysis helps direct UK equipment enhancements to support UK forces.

Software Engineer Lvl 4/5/6:

We are looking for an individual with software development knowledge and experience to produce new / develop existing / maintain existing code and applications in the following areas:

• Control and automation of RF test and measurement instrumentation.

• Data analysis and automated production of information products (e.g. reports, visualisations etc.)

• Organisation, storage and publishing of data and subsequent information products.

RF Test & Measurement Engineer Lvl 4/5/6:

We are looking for an RF Engineer with niche specialises in Test & Measurement

• Test & Measurement of Military RF Systems (Electronic Counter Measures) through Laboratory & field trial activities.

• Data analysis and production of test reports, visualisations etc.

• Engagement with Industry capability suppliers and military stakeholders.

Research Scientist / Engineer Lvl 4/5/6:

We are looking for a Scientist/Engineer who can apply their skills and problem solving abilities to a wide range of Electronic Countermeasure research technical challenges.

The breadth of research is quite broad and includes the following areas (but is not limited to):

• Signal and protocol vulnerability analysis;

• Mathematics;

• Machine & Deep Learning for wireless signal classification;

• System implementation on SDR (using VHDL, Verilog);

• Antennas & Electromagnetics design & Development

Senior RF Engineer Lvl 5:

The EWC Operational Support Team provides a counter-IED capability directly to deployed personnel nationally and overseas. Working alongside the other teams within the Group, as well as across the Division, we deliver and support the final delivery of equipment’s and solutions to the customer.

Principal, Senior & Electronics Engineers Lvl 4/5/6:

Be a team member, Influential technical member or even a senior technical leader for the team delivering Science and Technology (S&T) for rapidly evolving cellular/mobile protocols, Wi-Fi and IoT in support of Dstl’s Counter Terrorism and Security capability. Provide cutting edge wireless network technology advice across the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Other Government Departments (OGDs).

EMC Systems Engineer – RF & Microwave Lvl 4/5/6:

We are looking for an individual with experience in RF & Microwave engineering, military electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and/or electromagnetic pulse effects to join a team supporting customer research and capability delivery programmes, providing influence across multinational boundaries. You will conduct your work across a variety of UK and overseas environments.

Principal RF Engineer – High Power RF Directed Energy Weapons Lvl 6:

The role is required to lead and deliver research, development and assessment of novel high power radio frequency technologies, with focus as a technical partner leading and directing extra mural research and experimentation within industry and academia. The primary focus of the team is to provide expertise, innovation, research, development and advice to MOD customers on the topic of systems employing high power Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons (RFDEW).

RF Communications Engineer Lvl 4/5/6/7:

RF Network Engineer Lvl5/6:

RF SDR (Hardware & Software) Engineer Lvl 5/6:

RF/C4IS Systems Engineer Lvl6:

RF SatCom Engineer Lvl 6:

RF Engineer to specialise (or niche already) in Military Comms, Wired Communications, Software Defined Radio (SDR) Hardware and Software, C4IS Systems and Satellite Comms. – You will provide direct operational support through a specialist range of technical projects within the Communications and Electronic Warfare domains as well as carrying out test, evaluation and exploitation activities through high profile and leading edge research and system development. Team Members work independently with some supervision or within a small team, directly contributing to various projects of varying size, duration and urgency, whose output directly supports UK Defence Operations.


We are looking for someone who has:

• Experience in any of the roles / fields highlighted in the description section.

• An aptitude to undertake scientific analysis from experimental results, formulate conclusions and propose viable recommendations

• Ability to conduct a variety of activities to ensure system hardware and software are robust and resilient and suitable for operational use.

• A flexible approach to work and an eagerness to respond to urgent customer requirements at short notice

• Ability to rapidly adapt to changes in the work that is carried out day-to-day and efficiently gain skills in new and unfamiliar technologies

• A demonstrable interest in science and technology

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. For some roles Developed Vetting will also be required, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.

If you are a current Dstl employee, you are encouraged to inform your line manager of your application as they can support you through the process and should you be successful it will help in negotiating a release date.

Work location

Dstl is strongly encouraging blended and flexible working either at one of our sites or from home or both. We want to empower you to undertake your duties at the most appropriate location for the task, however you will be allocated a Dstl site as a base. You may be required to travel to other Dstl and MoD sites as required.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Please tell us which role you are applying for so we can ensure your application is delivered to the correct hiring manager: 1. Electronics systems Engineer 2. Electronics Engineer 3. Software Engineer 4. RF Test & Measurement Engineer 5. Research


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 37 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 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 Identity Network

– Race, 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.

Things you need to know Security

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.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Your application and CV will be assessed by our hiring managers and technical team for the roles you are wishing to apply for. We will then send out a full job description to all those who have been selected for interview. Sifting will take place week commencing the 18th July 2022 with interviews commencing the 1st August 2022

We offer a guaranteed interview for all disabled applicants who provide evidence in their application of meeting the minimum essential requirements of the post, set out in the job description. You will be asked to indicate if you are applying under this scheme when you submit your application.

We actively encourage and welcome applications from those who work alternative working patterns (part-time, job share, term-time only etc.), Please be prepared to discuss this if you are selected for interview. You can also discuss your working pattern with the recruiting line manager or talent acquisition adviser at the application stage if preferred.

Sifting will take place week commencing the 18th July 2022 with Interviews week beginning the 1st August 2022. These will be held via MS teams or onsite dependent on the role.

Specific role specifications will be given to you at the point of confirming you for an interview.

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.