Working for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

We provide sensitive and specialist science, engineering and technology research, advice, and analysis to the UK Ministry of Defence and wider government. Since we formed in 2001, we have built an excellent reputation for world-class science and technology, due to the expertise and commitment of our talented scientists, engineers and professionals.

Delivering high-impact science and technology

We protect lives. Every aspect of our work has real purpose and the potential to be life-changing. To achieve the impossible, we bring together minds from around the globe to work across various disciplines. It's what makes us world leaders. With the freedom to work in a way that suits you, you'll come up with unusual and unexpected solutions.

Our work makes an impact on an international scale. In 2015 we were proud to be at the heart of the UK's contribution to tackling Ebola in Sierra Leone; our scientists and analysts deployed to Sierra Leone helped to set up the first containment labs, worked out how to effectively treat casualties, and how to contain the outbreak.

Dstl Team Member With Microscope

Our defence contribution includes significant development of HMS Queen Elizabeth for the past 20 years. We helped define the size and shape of the ship and a specialist team supported the design of the flight deck and ski-jump used to launch the F-35B Lightning II fighter jets.

If you can innovate and work across multiple disciplines delivering science and technology that makes a real impact to the UK's defence, security, and prosperity - we'll have the job for you. Search Defence Science and Technology Laboratory jobs.

A Portrait Of Naomi Graduate Scientist

I love my job for its variety. Being able to go out with the canine detection team and assist on training exercises with police and military detection dogs has been an unexpected bonus. A long day's work is made a whole lot better if you have four-legged colleagues to cuddle at the end!

Naomi Graduate Scientist
Dstl Engineer

We recruit across a variety of disciplines from Anthropology to Zoology and everything in between


Employee support networks are run by employees for employees, celebrating our diversity


Our Porton Down site is designated as a conservational Site of Special Interest

A Portrait Of Ashley Business Administration

I knew I wanted to undertake an apprenticeship when I left college. Being an apprentice at Dstl, a leading organisation in science and technology, is very interesting and great to be part of. I highly recommend the apprenticeships for new and existing civil servants that Dstl has to offer.

Ashley Business Administration

We're committed to developing you so you can reach your full potential. We will:

  • help you grow and develop your engineering, scientific or professional career through a variety of interesting roles within Dstl
  • support you through a Chartership and encourage continuous professional development, assisting with fees for membership of professional bodies
  • provide opportunities to work with our national and international partners both at home and abroad.


Come and join us

We will help you grow professionally and provide the opportunity to do so within a fast-paced and dynamic environment with innovation at its core.

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Dstl tackles tech skills shortage

Our 12-week STEM returners programme is aimed at giving experienced science, technology, engineering and maths professionals the confidence to step back into the workplace.

A Portrait Of Gary Aitkenhead

Dstl's role in a changing world

Dstl's Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead talks about the response to the Salisbury Novichok attack and its role in a changing world.