DSTL Graduate Opportunities

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Graduate Opportunities

Porton Down, Salisbury and Portdown West, Fareham

More science, less fiction.

At Dstl, we develop science and technology to enhance the UK’s defence and security. We provide specialist services to the Ministry of Defence and the wider government. And we create innovative solutions that keep the nation safe. Because of that, people often think that we’re the stuff of sci-fi. But we’re really not. So, it’s time to imagine less fiction, and more science. And it’s time to imagine yourself in an incredible graduate role that has real impact.

We offer graduate opportunities in a range of areas, including Cyber and Information Systems, Platform Systems, Chemical, Biological and Radiological, Counter Terrorism and Security, Defence and Security Accelerator and Operations. Think it sounds exciting? That’s because it is.

When you join Dstl, you’ll be part of an incredibly varied and unique workplace. We bring together a huge range of disciplines in science, engineering and technology. It means everyone works collaboratively to develop their knowledge, stretch their thinking and explore new ideas. That’s partly down to the nature of our work, but partly down to the values our people have defined; innovative, collaborative and impactful.

We’re united by these values, but we celebrate individuality. To create a workplace where everyone feels they belong, we’ve signed up to several initiatives and have established employee support networks. We also offer a range of working styles and impressive learning and development opportunities. This way, everyone’s empowered to shape their own career.

On top of our unique projects and supportive culture, you can expect a competitive pension, generous annual leave allowance, staff discounts, bonuses for exceptional work and an on-site gym and restaurant. So, if you’re motivated, determined and want to work for a cutting-edge science and technology organisation, you can take advantage of everything we have to offer.

To find out more and apply for one of our roles, please visit our website.



Provides services in defense research, defense consultancy and defense evaluation. Previously Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA).

DSTL Interview Reviews

  • Research Scientist

    17 September 2017

    My initial telephone interview was with a member of the graduate recruitment team, and it lasted 45minutes. After having a brief chat about what the interview would involve, he...

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