10 Oct 2017

Dstl to expand its space programme team

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are looking for scientists to join its space programme.

As part of the recently launched £50 million Space Programme, Dstl are expanding their space team offering the right candidates an opportunity to deliver high-impact science and technology for the defence and security of the UK.

The Space team contribute to, and lead, space-related research activities within Dstl’s Space Programme and collaborate with international partners and suppliers to ensure Ministry of Defence (MoD) stakeholders are able to make informed decisions.

Opportunities exist for both experienced experts and recent graduates and include the role of a military satellite communications expert to give advice to MoD staff working in the field, conducting research activities or advising on the future technologies that will drive advances in military satellite communication systems.

Other available positions include a spacecraft scientist or engineer, which would require candidates to conduct research and give expert advice on satellite design, subsystem integration and help MoD develop its approaches to operating future satellite constellations.

Roles for recent graduates are also available within the space team, which sits under the umbrella of Cyber and Information Systems division. Those with a degree or postgraduate qualification in Physics, Maths, Aeronautical or Astronautical Engineering, Electronic or Electrical Engineering or Systems Engineering are encouraged to apply.

Michael O’Callaghan, who leads Dstl’s Space Programme said: “These are some really exciting opportunities and it’s exactly the right time to be involved. Dstl’s Space Programme continues to grow in recognition of its importance in answering some of defence’s most pressing questions.

“Many people grow up dreaming of working in this area, and this is the chance to do exactly that across a very diverse space portfolio from tracking objects in space, to helping develop future demonstrator missions.”

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