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Summer Placement - Cyber & Information Systems Division

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Job/scheme locations: 
Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury Wiltshire; Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham, Portsmouth
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Are you studying for an engineering, physics, maths, astrophysics, information science, communications systems, information technology or computer science degree and looking for an exciting and challenging role with an organisation committed to ongoing career development?

Our Cyber and Information Systems (CIS) division is actively seeking bright, enthusiastic and inquisitive students to make innovative contributions to our project teams in the cyber, navigation, space, communications, information systems, command and control and intelligence areas. You can contribute to ensuring that the UK exploits and field’s science and technology that is fit for the increasingly contested, congested and constrained electromagnetic environment of the future.

We have a diverse variety of roles that offer the chance to apply the science and technology that you are currently learning about on your course, to real problems and help the UK’s armed forces.

In addition to the work you have undertaken on your course so far, we’re looking for individuals who are inquisitive and who enjoy solving problems. You can expect to be deployed on a range of projects that will develop both your technical skillset and give you the opportunity to broaden you understanding of applied science and technology.

Whatever your role, you will have the opportunity to make a technical contribution, although due to the sensitive the nature of our work, you may not be able to tell everyone about it.

Job description

As a summer student we will help you build the knowledge and skills by being part of the Ministry of Defence’s science and technology programme. A variety of roles are available within our division this year which include:
• A space research role developing new concepts for space missions, orbit determination, supporting a UK satellite demonstrator mission, or using an understanding of engineering or physics to work with our academic partners to explore how emerging technologies can be of benefit to the Ministry of Defence.

• Data Science and Artificial Intelligence roles that will allow you to have a direct impact on how Defence maximises its use of data, building new capabilities for Defence and helping it to save money. This includes the working alongside real Defence Intelligence activities.

• A Navigation role improving existing, and developing new, ways to accurately resolve position, orientation and velocity of people, vehicles and weapons, whether that be through global navigation systems or other means.

• In a more cyber focussed role you will be working to advance the tools, techniques and tradecrafts required to ensure the UK is able to establish a world class cyber capability; including the ability to counter-attack in cyberspace.
You may also find yourself using your knowledge of software/electronic/RF engineering and/or physics to consider vulnerabilities in embedded systems, electronic hardware, electromagnetic sensors, and communications technologies in a wide range of military applications and civilian technologies.
•Developing secure, rugged ICT systems for deployment in remote and hostile environments on land, sea and air that the military can rely upon to send, receive and discover information in order to make better decisions.

We need people from broad backgrounds and we will draw on your interests by expecting you to think creatively about your work – work which you could not do anywhere else.

What is common to all the CIS roles is that you are motivated by a real passion for science and technology and enjoy working in an environment that is technically challenging.


We need you to have
• A passion and interest in applying technology, science and engineering knowledge to provide creative solutions to current and future defence related challenges.
• An aptitude for picking up new technologies and understanding how they work quickly.
• Excellent problem solving skills.
• Strong IT skills.
• A flexible, adaptable and inquisitive approach to work.
• Knowledge of or interest in cyber, electronics, or space domain specific matters such as the following would be an advantage:
• spacecraft design
• surveillance of space
• propulsion and launch systems
• space weather
• open source computer security tools
• network security
• data communications
• practical electronics skills
• radio frequency engineering
• data science
• AI or machine learning
• communications and computer systems engineering
• programming languages.


Studying towards a degree in the following:
• Maths
• Aeronautical/Astronautics Engineering
• Electronic or Electrical Engineering
• Systems Engineering
• Communications Engineering
• Information Science
• Information Technology
• Software Engineering
• Computer Science
• Data Science
• Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning.


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

  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others



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.

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More about this vacancy

South East, South West
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5