Electronic Engineer

Porton Down, Salisbury
£18,500 - £27,500 Depending on Experience
27 Jan 2017
24 Feb 2017
Clearance Level
DV, None / Undisclosed, SC
Job Type

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the science, engineering and technology arm of the Ministry of Defence. We exist to maximise the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the UK. Comprised of a number of teams, the Threat Evaluation Group (TEG) exists to create and maintain an integrated evaluation capability to enable effective assessment of current and future military threat systems and aid the development of tactics and countermeasures for UK forces. Working on behalf of a wide customer and stakeholder community, the group undertakes cutting edge research and evaluation activities that have a direct impact on the effectiveness of UK forces and their ability to safely undertake operations worldwide. 

Within TEG, the Underwater team undertakes a wide range of work including: 

• sea trials* in the UK and abroad 
• collaborating with our partners worldwide 
• trials analysis 
• circuit evaluation / analysis and modelling 
• production of schematics 
• design, construction and test of electronic sub-systems 
• algorithm development 

Outputs are delivered to a variety of customers and stakeholders in the maritime domain, across both capability and threat assessment, and are used to influence multi-billion pound procurement programmes.


Responsibility and Accountabilities 

The successful candidate will work in the underwater team at Dstl Porton Down and be responsible for: 

• Full technical evaluation and analysis of electronic systems and sensors 
• Operational advice on the performance of systems 
• Assisting with modelling of electronic systems to provide operational advice and enable robust decision making 
• Presentation of results to customers and international collaborators 

Job Dimensions 

This is a diverse role that covers all aspects of the practical evaluation of technologies in the underwater domain. The skills you will develop within this role include: 

• Analogue and digital electronics practical experience and theoretical knowledge 
• Microprocessors / digital signal processor design and implementation 
• Guidance and control systems knowledge 
• Ability to use standard electronic test equipment 
• Design data logging systems and interfacing 
• Perform hardware in the loop testing of sensors and electronics 
• Knowledge of Target sensing technologies including: Acoustic, Sonar and / or Electro-magnetics 
• Mathematical modelling and data processing (using tools such as Matlab, Simulink and Labview) 

In addition to your technical skills, you will be able to think systematically, logically, and creatively; you will have a natural desire to understand how things work and why they perform as they do; you will be able to communicate effectively; and you will be driven by a passion for engineering and technology coupled with the desire to ensure that the United Kingdom armed forces have the best information and equipment possible. 

Security Clearance Required 

All applicants must be UK nationals with at least 10 years residency. Applicants must either have or be willing to undertake a Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance.

Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills 


Please provide a brief CV and evidence of knowledge and experience of at least one of the following areas:

• Analogue and digital electronics 
• Microprocessors / digital signal processors / field programmable gate arrays 
• Guidance and control systems 
• Use of sensors to detect change 
• Data logging and hardware in the loop testing 
• Target sensing technology for example Acoustics, Sonar or Electro-magnetics 
• Mathematical modelling and data processing (using tools such as Matlab, Simulink and Labview) 


Practical hands on experience with electronics / electrical systems 
Engineering computing skills (eg Matlab, Labview, OrCad, PSPICE, C, C++) 
Engineering hobbies

Technical/Professional Experience 

• An awareness of practical issues whiles undertaking electronic equipment testing 
• An ability to deal with arising challenges while performing trials in harsh environments


It is desirable for applicants to have either a relevant degree equivalent to a 2:2 or higher in Electronics Engineering, alternatively evidenced relevant experience in the technology areas listed above. 

This could include experience gained through industrial apprentice schemes or military service.

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