Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JQ
About the job
Do you want to really make a difference? Protect our front line forces? Be part of an internationally recognised team? Develop your programming, applied statistics and communication skills?
This role offers you the opportunity to do all of the above, whilst working towards a fully funded BSc degree in Data Science.
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.
We are looking to grow our future technical experts.
Data Science is a broad and fast-moving field spanning maths and statistics, software engineering and communications. Data Scientists blend experience and knowledge from a wide range of fields and organisations, and continuously seek to expand their range of technical skills.
Data Scientists find information in diverse datasets to address complex problems and improve organisational processes. They are inquisitive, they explore and visualise data of all kinds, find and present ‘stories’ within the data in a meaningful way to a range of technical and non-technical audiences. They make recommendations to inform strategic and operational decision making through sourcing, accessing and manipulating data, and engineering data processes. They identify and address data biases, and handle private data ethically and appropriately, complying with (inter)national privacy regulations. They use the insights gathered about the data they have analysed to inform and achieve organisational goals. They achieve desired outcomes by planning, organising and managing resources effectively.
Work within the Intelligence Systems and Analytics (ISA) Group in Cyber and Information Systems (CIS) Division at Dstl Porton Down as a degree apprentice and develop skills across the field of Data Science as applied to the UK armed forces and the UK Defence Enterprise.
Dstl Data scientists provide high impact expertise to MOD, Security Agencies and across UK Government departments. We are primarily focussed on developing the best data science tools and techniques to improve the processing and exploitation of information to support national security through improved intelligence products.
Completion of a fully funded Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Data Science through the University of Kent will be undertaken by block release, which may include blocks of training, over a period up to 3 years. More information about this degree standard can be found at: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/data-scientist-integrated-degree/
You will need to hold five A*-C Grade GCSEs or equivalent, including English & Maths, as well as three A-Level standard, or equivalent qualifications, in Mathematics and at least one further STEM based subject. Other relevant or prior experience will also be considered, this could include experience gained through industrial apprentice schemes or military service
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.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Developing Self and Others
Communicating and Influencing
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Detail a project or task you have worked on which has involved using skills that relate to the Data Scientist apprenticeship.
Tell us what you think your personal qualities are and how these can be demonstrated in the apprenticeship
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
• 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.
Our Diversity Networks
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. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.
These include the following;
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network
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 security check.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.
This is a funded level 6 apprenticeship. If you hold a qualification in a similar subject and is of a higher level, you may not be eligible to undertake the role.
Further details of the apprenticeship can be found at
As part of the application you will be required to complete Verbal Reasoning & Numerical Reasoning Ability Tests. You will require internet connection to complete these. The tests are offered in order one after the other so once you have successfully completed the first ability test, you will be invited to start the second. Each test should take about 45 minutes to complete so you will need to allow approximately 1.5 hours to complete all of them.
Practice Tests can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/preparing-for-the-civil-service-verbal-and-numerical-tests
You will need to complete these tests before you can finish your application form. The deadline for these tests is 1200 on 11th March 2020.
Your application will be assessed on your answers to the Technical questions, the behavioural statements and your statement of suitability. Please see the attached job description for the full requirements of this apprenticeship.
If your application is successful, we will invite you to take part in a face to face interview.
Applicants invited to interview will undergo a combined Technical and Behavioural based interview which will assess their skills relating to the requirements detailed in the attached job profile.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Open to UK nationals only.
This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name : Dstlrecruitment
Email : email@example.com
Recruitment team :
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Online test instructions
complete by 1200 11th March 2020 in order to be able to submit the full application.
Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email email@example.com stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.