Digital Signal Processing Scientist

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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.

About the job

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Dstl makes innovative science and technology work for the UK. With our world-class solutions, we are the science inside the country’s defence and security, giving the nation a vital edge. Behind that science lies a team of thousands, with every member playing a meaningful role.

Dstl is looking for enthusiastic problem solvers who can utilise software and hardware tools to address big picture questions in a fast-evolving area of Defence. Experience of using computer programming and/or electronic systems to build models of real systems or physics phenomena is helpful as a baseline understanding of electromagnetism. Team working is a crucial part of how Dstl operates. The ability to deliver by calling on colleagues with different skills and experience, but a common goal, is highly valued. We are looking for someone who can communicate optimally with your fellow team members and explain technically sophisticated ideas to non-technical audiences. You will be an advocate for continuously improving our tools and methods to make them fit to provide the scientific advice on which our Armed Forces rely on.

The Digital Signal Processing (DSP) scientist will build code (Matlab, C Simulink) and use lab hardware technologies and techniques (LabVIEW, Veristand, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and National Instruments laboratory equipment) that could help keep military platforms operating in a hostile, contested environment.

Under direction from senior staff, you will develop and use your technical experience in DSP and software engineering to test technologies and techniques that make lab-based representations of real-world systems. You will operate as part of a diverse and inclusive project team and will have the opportunity to develop specialist skills to help deliver against project aims. You will gain exposure to Ministry of Defence, Industry and International partners.

You will support the generation of advice for colleagues in the Military and in Defence procurement on the performance of modelled representations of real-world systems. There will be an opportunity to collaborate with equivalent project teams from across our International Allies.

We can offer you the exposure to world-class technology and the chance to become the unexpected – and join the team behind the Science Inside. It takes a special skills to keep our forces protected. Are you up for the challenge?

Job description

The Electromagnetic Protection Group has a very simple purpose. We come to work so that as many of our service personnel in harms way come home after successfully completing their mission. The specifics of that purpose are that we provide the technologies and techniques to detect and defeat threats that utilise the electromagnetic spectrum.

You will be working within a team of ~14 and reporting to a Team Leader. The team sits within a group of ~90 electromagnetic scientists and engineers. Teams work across multiple projects and as a scientist, you will typically contribute to 2-3 work packages that sit within projects, and be led by Work Package Technical Leads..

In this role you will:
• Work for a Work Package Technical Lead (WPTL)
• Support the Project Technical Authority in delivering against research and procurement plans for modelled representations of real-world systems
• Provide technical briefings to technical staff, customers and stakeholders
• Develop a deep technical specialism in DSP applications of RF and EO systems



BSc/BEng level qualifications in a STEM-based degree with modules in digital signal processing and/or software engineering

MSc / MEng / PhD qualifications in a physics based degree with expertise in one or more of the following:
Applied Electromagnetic theory
Digital electronics
Computer modelling
Experience of working with software interfaces to lab equipment such as LabVIEW & Veristand
Experience of working with FPGAs and National Instruments laboratory equipment.

We are looking for someone who has two of more of the following:

• Understanding of Digital Signal Processing
• Experience of software engineering e.g. Matlab, C/C++, Simulink, Python
• Experience of interfacing with laboratory hardware via e.g. LabVIEW, Veristand, FPGAs
• Understanding of physics concepts including electromagnetism
• Understanding of basic analogue and digital electronics design concepts

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 Developed Vetting. In this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.

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.


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

  • Developing Self and Others
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace


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.
• Pension.
• 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

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.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page 

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 developed vetting.

See our vetting charter.

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

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