Dstl’s Cyber capabilities and impact in the Cyber domain is much bigger than just its contribution to NCF. Dstl’s Cyber capabilities sits within the Cyber Information Systems (CIS) division. If you are interested in a career in Cyber with Dstl, apply to jobs advertised in CIS Division. If you are passionate about contributing to NCF in particular, please state this in your application and we will endeavour to have somebody contact you about available roles and career options. Expressions of interest in NCF can also be emailed to our recruitment team at Cyber Recruitment.

You can also follow us on social media to get notifications of new roles and opportunities at Dstl and hear more about the exciting research we are delivering for the benefit of UK Defence and Security.

At Dstl, we harness science and technology to protect our nation – bringing together the best people with the best ideas, and applying them in unexpected ways. Our unique position within Defence brings strong links to the armed forces, giving us access and insight to our military personnel and their operational challenges. The solutions we deliver cover everything from long term research and analysis through to rapid development in support of current operations with the potental to save lives.

It takes a wide cariety of people and skills to achieve our goals. That’s why we need creative thinkers who find solutions in novel ways.

You’ll have a passion for science and technology, and enjoy working in a complex and novel environment. You may find yourself programming, doing lab-based research, or evaluating new tools and techniques in the field. No two roles at Dstl are the same, but your work at Dstl will make a difference to the UK’s Defence and Security.

Application Process

Dstl recruits external candidates in accordance with the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles of Fair and Open Competition.

We follow the Civil Service Success Profiles recruitment framework.

Comprehensive Guidance for Candidates about the Success Profiles and recruitment into the Civil Service is available on the website.

We are committed to furthering inclusion in Dstl and as part of that we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, if you would like to discuss your application, please contact our recruitment team at Dstl Recruitment and we will support you in any way we can.

Applying to Dstl

To apply for a role with Dstl you’ll need to complete the online application process, on Civil Service Jobs. This will vary depending on the role but the first step is to complete your personal information, the short application form.

You may be asked to take a Civil Service Sift Test, these are online ability tests designed to test your ability in a specific area, e.g. Verbal Reasoning, Customer Service Skills, and Numerical Reasoning. Guidance, hints and tips and practice tests can be found on You will need to successfully complete any tests before you go onto the next stage of the application so please do make sure you complete these as soon as you can.

The full application form will ask you for specific information about your suitability for the role you are applying for. There may be technical questions and you may be asked to provide statements against Civil Service Behaviours.

All our recruitment is name blind (anonymous) so instead of uploading a CV you may be asked to copy parts of your CV into a form or to complete a Personal Statement. There may be guidance about what to include in your Personal Statement, but if not please think about how your skills and experience meet the requirements for the role, or why you want to work with Dstl.

If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact Dstl Recruitment and we will do what we can to support you.

Short listing and assessment

Your application will be assessed by the hiring manager matching the evidence you have provided against the criteria stated on the advertised vacancy, those who score the highest mark will be invited to come to an interview.

We aim to complete the sift (short list) within 3 working days of the closing date and will notify all candidates of the outcome of their application.

All roles will use a structured interview lasting approximately 1 hour however the assessment process for each role will be explained in the advertisement on Civil Service Jobs but might also include:

  • Work based exercise
  • Personality questionnaires
  • Technical presentation

Cyber Information Systems Division’s assessment and interview process usually focuses on Behaviours and Technical elements from the Civil Service Success Profiles. The job profile will outline which behaviours will be assessed, but usually are a combination of 3 or 4 from “Delivering at Pace”, “Working Together”, “Making Effective Decisions”, “Communicating and Influencing”, “Changing and Improving” and “Making Effective Decisions”. We expect examples of past situations where you have demonstrated these behaviours. One recommended way of answering these questions is to use the STAR technique which is comprised of four steps:

  • Situation: Describe the situation and when it took place.
  • Task: Explain the task and what the goal was.
  • Action: Provide details about the action you took to attain this.
  • Result: Conclude with the result of your action.

You may be asked to give a technical presentation, up to 10 minutes, on a piece of work you have completed to demonstrate your communication skills and technical experience. This is usually followed by technical questions to explore your breadth and depth of knowledge. The technical areas to be explored will be outlined on the job profile. As well as your technical knowledge, strong candidates are able to demonstrate their passion for continuous learning and personal development and a passion for technology and Cyber.

“The OA knows where you are coming from, understands your philosophy and can convey this to the candidate”

Sarah-Louise Penhall
Director of Operations, TeraCode

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