The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the science inside UK defence and security.
Who we are
Here at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) we push the boundaries of science to support the defence, security, and prosperity of the UK. Our world-class team support our customers including the Ministry of Defence and explore everything from AI and cyber to homeland security and space systems. We’d love to tell you exactly what we do here because it’s amazing. But a lot of it is top secret, so we can’t.
However, there is a lot we can tell you.
Joining as a graduate, you’ll solve the unsolvable alongside some of the smartest people you’ll ever meet. Whatever part of Dstl you join, you’ll become part of unique and fascinatingly complex projects that make a difference – protecting people and saving lives on the frontline, across the UK and all around the world. And you’ll discover a wonderfully collaborative and supportive culture where everyone pulls together to make our remarkable work happen.
We’re also an incredible place to learn. The work you do and the people you do it with will expand your knowledge very single day. Your training and development will be encouraged. And you’ll be supported to gain the technical and professional qualifications you need to excel.
We’re open to anyone with an enquiring, creative mind and, ideally, a background in a science, maths, technology, or engineering subject. So, if you’re ready to get involved in projects you just won’t find anywhere else (and probably won’t be able to tell anyone about) come and start your career with us.
Find out more about Dstl scientists, the technology they’re developing and how it might be used in this Wavell Room podcast series ‘A Soldier, a Sailor and a Scientist’.
At Dstl (the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) we value innovation, collaboration and impact. Those 3 words not only describe how we work, but also our people and culture. These values are embedded into our organisation and are reflected in the fantastic work we do.
We look for people who can demonstrate these values and apply them to our unique challenges at Dstl. So, if you want to start your career - or get a glimpse of work - at an organisation that has a truly special purpose, then we’d love to hear from you.
Equality & Diversity
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.