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Senior Cyber Security Specialist

  • Location:
    Porton Down
  • Salary:
    £31,983 - £44,719
  • Closing date:
  • reference:


About the job


Who are we?

Dstl is the science and technology arm of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). At Dstl, we protect lives; it means every aspect of our work has real purpose and the potential to be life-changing. To achieve the impossible, we collaborate with minds from around the globe to work across various fields. It’s what makes us world leaders. With the freedom to work in a way that suits you, Dstl supports our people to come up with unusual and unexpected solutions. Solutions that simply can’t be developed anywhere else!

Job description

Who do we want to recruit?

We are looking for people with a flair for problem solving and a passion for new technologies, who are looking for a career with a difference.

As a Senior Cyber Security Specialist, you’ll provide an in-depth specialist contribution to a variety of complex challenges and have the chance to lead a project team, maintaining an awareness of interdependencies between different capability areas. You’ll strive to achieve the highest levels of delivery in the most efficient manner as well as being confident in establishing relationships with stakeholders, identifying new opportunities and providing technical mentorship to junior members of staff.

We're looking for research, design and development experience in one or more of the following areas:
• Cyber Security
• Information Assurance
• Computer Science
• Mathematics
• Enterprise Security
• Embedded Systems Security
• Incident Response
• Systems Engineering
• Network Engineering and Security

You should have knowledge in at least one of these areas, but the most important traits are an ability to tackle unique, sophisticated problems and a strong ability to learn.

Dstl's Cyber Security and Safety Group

The UK must maintain an operational advantage to keep our country safe and maintain our prosperity. To support this, Dstl’s Cyber Security and Safety Group conducts targeted research and provides specialist advice. If you join us you could be involved in:

• Developing the next generation of technologies, tools and techniques to allow UK defence and security to identify, project, detect, respond and recover from cyber attacks
• Analysing and evaluating safety, security and mission critical systems
• Providing independent technical evaluation of military and commercial products
• Influencing the technologies and cyber resilience of the future generations of military platforms and capabilities
• Supporting MOD’s approach to transformational cyber strategy and policy
• Systems engineering to inform through-life assurance and cyber security

“As a dedicated and specialist organisation, Dstl provides innovative technologies and optimises in-service equipment to have direct impact on current military operations.” - Major Ben, embedded military officer at Dstl

Why work for Dstl?

Our unique position in government means that you will:

• Work on a multitude of exciting and ambitious projects that, owing to their sensitivity, cannot be done anywhere else.
• Make a difference and have pride in what you do; our work improves the front-line capability of the UK Armed Forces, keeps British citizens safe and supports national prosperity.
• Do the right things for the right reasons; we’re completely impartial and not in it for profit.
• Form links across Government, industry and academia. We work with an array of partners both at home and abroad including the Armed Forces, other Government departments and industry.
• Develop your career in exciting new areas that are growing to meet future, ground breaking challenges.

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.


• Real responsibility from the beginning.
• Development through training, Chartership support, PhD or MSc opportunities, coaching and mentoring.
• A new starter network and programme.
• Highly flexible working hours with no core hours, and the option for home working.
• 25 days annual leave growing to 30 days after 5 years’ service, plus 8 bank holidays, and the opportunity to buy or sell up to 10 days extra leave.
• 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
• Generous pension allowances.
• On-site gym, sports and social clubs, and other benefits like discounts through a range of schemes

Things you need to know

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.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
Step 1: Application
Please apply with a CV and a covering letter explaining how your skills could benefit our work.

Step 2: Phone interview
We will have an informal exploratory conversation with you to find out more about your skills and experience.

Step 3: Technical and behavioural based interview
If invited to interview you will be assessed on your technical ability and a variety of behaviours specific to the role.

Owing to COVID-19, all interviews will be conducted in line with Government guidelines. Whilst we would prefer to meet candidates in person, we appreciate we’re in unprecedented times and, if necessary, are able to offer interviews on a suitable online platform.

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.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :   Dstl Recruitment
Email :   dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk
Recruitment team :
Email :   dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Further information
Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

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