Senior Scientist - Radar Warning Receiver (Air)


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Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JQ

About the job

An exciting opportunity to grow Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) knowledge within the Electromagnetic Protection group as an RWR and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Subject Matter Expert (SME)! As the SME you will identify technologies and techniques that could help keep air platforms operating in a hostile, contested environment.

You will use your technical experience in Radio Frequency (RF) and RF Sensing to develop and test these technologies and techniques, with support from junior staff.
You will provide technical leadership (guided by the project technical authority) to a diverse project team, recognising and utilising their specialist skills in e.g. modelling and simulation in synthetic environments, trials delivery and threat knowledge to deliver against project aims.

This role requires the development of stakeholder relationships with Industry and International partners. Advise colleagues in the Military and Defence procurement on RWR issues; and collaborate with equivalent project teams from across our International Allies.

It takes a rare combination of skills to keep us ahead in a world characterised by complexity, instability and uncertainty. A collaborative approach to research and problem solving will enable you to support our enthusiastic team in delivering high impact research for Air Command. Are you up to the task?
Job description
In this role you will:
• Support the Project Technical Authority in delivering against research and procurement plans for Radar Warning Receivers;
• Operate as a Work Package Technical Lead (WPTL) for RWR research and development by planning, monitoring and delivering technical outcomes and controlling costs;
• Support international research collaboration
• Write and deliver technical briefings on progress in key research areas back to senior technical staff and occasionally key customers and stakeholders;
• Use digital signal processing knowledge to develop a techniques generator that simulates countermeasures and targets.
• Provide technical review and assurance of work done by others within the project;
• Provide direction to junior technical staff.
• Support Project Managers in identifying resource requirements for effective technical delivery of project plans and work with Team Leaders to assign tasks to technical staff.
• Build a capability that includes developing staff via mentoring and training

We are looking for someone who has:
Experience in the field of RF, RF Sensing in a contested and degraded operational environment and platform survivability, ideally within the air domain but other experience also considered.
Additionally, knowledge of fast Fourier and z transforms with the various filters that you can implement, particularly matched filters.
Understanding pulse compression, Doppler processing and dealing with IQ data, finally, understanding how to implement these either via software or FPGA firmware.
Experience of Test and Evaluation in synthetic environments;
A collaborative approach to research and problem-solving;
A clear communication style that can be adapted when dealing with customers, suppliers and Dstl staff at junior and senior levels.

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners across the enterprise. We work closely with the Defence and Security Industry on many projects, so it would be great to work with you via one of our partners.

All Dstl positions will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. In addition this role will require Developed Vetting, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.
BSc/BEng level qualifications in a STEM-based degree
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace
Seeing the Big Picture
Working Together
We'll provide a great range of benefits including;

- Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
- Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month
- Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
- 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.
- Pension.
- Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
- A competitive salary.
- 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 Identity Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities

If you have a disability we will try our best to make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to this post in the application / interview process due to a disability.