Electronic Warfare Technical Leaders

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    £31,983 - £56,348
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About the job

The convergence of electromagnetic, cyber, and information activities are critical to achieving UK Defence’s mission and requires coordination and integration across the joint force for success.

As part of the Cyber and Information System Division, the purpose of Electronic Warfare Technology and Enterprise (EWTE) Group is to develop science and technology concepts to exploit the electromagnetic spectrum; provide specialist technical advice to support the development of electronic warfare and electromagnetic activities capabilities; and build the UK contribution to an electromagnetic activities' enterprise. Specifically, the Group specialises in radio frequency (RF) electronic surveillance and electronic attack, as well as drawing together domain knowledge with specialist advice at the EW Enterprise level.
The capabilities of the Group work in harmony to support Defence in achieving its future aspiration, which includes joint action through exploiting information, being coordinated as a force, and more adaptable to changing circumstances.

EWTE supports Defence in developing the technology concepts vital for success in the areas of inform and attack, and crafting the UK contribution to an Electromagnetic Activities (EMA) enterprise.

To achieve this aim, we are looking for technical leaders in subject areas such as electronic warfare, radio frequency engineering, system engineering and software programming. You will lead on the delivery of technical work, developing the Group’s internal capability and co-ordinating sophisticated projects with our external partners.
Job description
We are looking for those who have:

The primary requirement for the role is the ability to lead technical work but are not necessarily encouraged to be deep specialists in the field. Ideally you will have some level of experience, knowledge and skills in any one or more of the areas listed below but candidates with broader S&T skills will be considered:

Cyber Security

In addition to the above, you will:

- Ideally, have an understanding of defence capability and passion for science and technology
- Be responsible for the successful delivery of sophisticated projects ranging from research to direct operational support.
- Ensure coherence across project and programme areas within the Division and wider Lab.
- Lead the development of technical skills across a broad range of subject areas including electronic warfare and defence capability.
- Act as a focal point for the development of new technical capabilities under the EWTE group’s core projects.
- Collaborate and develop relationships with the wider EW community and partners to turn military requirements into S&T.
- Be responsible for and give support to setting the direction of research to facilitate defence capability development.
- Depending on level - Assist the Group Leader with capability planning and technical strategy development across all capability areas of the EWTE Group.
- Depending on level - Assist the Group Principal with the EWTE Group’s capability benchmarking to figure out health of the Group
- Support Group activities such as technical forums and group lightening talks and the mentoring of junior staff.
- Represent the Group at technical forums and conferences both in the UK and abroad.


Demonstration of the ability to lead technical projects.


Analogue and digital electronics practical experience and theoretical knowledge
RF circuit design and implementation
Hardware, Software and Firmware design and implementation
Digital signal processor and Field Programmable Gate Array design and implementation
Software Programming and Embedded Software analysis
Ability to use standard electronic test equipment
Knowledge of Electronic Warfare tools and techniques
Mathematical modelling and data processing
Systems engineering
Electromagnetic activities
Cyber skills

Please see the attached role profile for further details

A Degree or equivalent in a scientific or numerical subject area or an equivalent level of experience.


PHD in a scientific/numerical discipline.
Chartered Engineer status
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Delivering at Pace
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.
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 developed vetting.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Sifting will take place within one week of the application closing date. Interviews will take place via telephone/VTC/Jabber in the two weeks following the sift.

We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk and we will do all we can to support you.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for all disabled applicants who provide evidence in their application of meeting the minimum essential requirements of the post, set out in the job description. You will be asked to indicate if you are applying under this scheme when you submit your application.

Your application will be assessed by the hiring manager matching the evidence you have provided in your CV against the criteria in the vacancy details and the attached job description. Those who score the highest mark will be invited to come to an interview.

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.

Important Information
The security of our work means that only UK nationals who have also resided in the UK for the last 5 years (10 years for certain roles) can be considered. Some roles will require Developed Vetting (DV). Unfortunately dual nationals cannot be considered.

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.

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