About this organisation
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is all about innovation and multidisciplinary creativity. We’re responsible for designing, developing and applying the very latest in science and technology to protect the UK.
We’re the home of unexpected science.
Like creating digital honeypots that replicate petrol pump systems to discover hackers’ methods, our ideas and solutions can come from anywhere. In fact, we use our imaginations to harness existing knowledge in new and unexpected ways. And we do it by turning everything on its head, discovering new possibilities for technological breakthroughs.
We’re here to help protect the nation
By working with other government departments, universities and businesses, we develop battle-winning technologies that support UK military operations - now and into the future. We provide the UK Government with specialist science and technology research, advice and analysis – much of which is operationally critical with the potential to save many lives. It means the majority of the work we do is fascinating, state-of-the-art stuff.
We work with the people with the best ideas
At Dstl, you’ll find a workforce of respected scientists and professionals who specialise in many different Science, Technology and related disciplines. Our team also collaborate on research and projects with some of the most talented professionals and academics in the world.
We’re committed to the next generation
As a member of the 5% club, we’re committed to ensuring that 5% of our workforce are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on a structured programme over the next five years.
Find new and surprising ways to solve problems.
Dstl offers the chance to work on mind-blowing projects in a truly unique environment. It’s an inspiring setting where you can develop wide-ranging skills and experience while learning from some of the brightest minds in the UK.
Our opportunities range from mechanical and electrical engineering apprenticeships straight from GCSE to degree apprenticeships in data analytics, cyber security and aeronautical engineering once you are 18. We also have a whole host of STEM opportunities for students during summer breaks throughout University and as graduates.