Student - Summer Placement - Air and Weapons Systems Department - Ref:1377271

This is for eight three-month student placements with Dstl. The public source page is at [color=#0000bb]this link[/color]

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Department - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Business Area - Air And Weapon Systems Department
Number of Vacancies - 8
Location: Region - South East
Location: City/Town - Fareham Portsmouth
Location: Building/Site - Portsdown West
Grade - AA
Equivalent Grade - Level 1
Salary Minimum - £14,681 pro rata
Salary Maximum - £14,681 pro rata
Type of Role - Analytical Engineering Operational Research Science
Reserved/Non Reserved - This is a reserved post and therefore only open to UK nationals
Security - Security Check
Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) check - This post does not require a Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) check
Is a medical required for this post? - No
Job Description Job Title
Air and Weapons Systems Department - Summer Placement Student (8-12 weeks)

Summer placement students contribute to science and technology projects supporting the defence and security of the United Kingdom. They will typically be assigned to 1 project within the Air and Weapons Department (AWSD) of Dstl at Portsdown West, near Portsmouth, and should be able to build up an introductory level of technical knowledge, skills and experience in UK military air platforms or weapon systems.

Reports to
A Team Leader within AWSD.


Provide support to senior colleagues on project specific technical tasks.
Assist in producing assessments of the performance of air platforms or weapon systems using simulation tools and spreadsheets.
Assist in the preparation of project reports and presentations.
Attend meetings with military and civilian colleagues and contribute as required.

Job Dimensions
Air and Weapons Systems Department is the focus for providing systems-level advice, underpinned by comprehensive analysis and detailed technical expertise, in support of Ministry of Defence (MOD) decision making on air and weapon systems projects.

Work undertaken within the Department includes requirement definition, technology maturation, balance of investment, technical risk, procurement, top-level systems research and support to operations. The department integrates this with technology, science and capability studies to provide impartial and integrated systems advice to MOD.

Air and Weapons Systems Department has five Groups specialising in Space & Strategic Systems, Weapon Systems, Air Vehicles, Systems Assessment and Air Survivability. Each Group has 4 – 6 teams, led by a Team Leader. Students will belong to a team and will work on a project under the direction of a Project Manager.

Key Performance Indicators

Provision of effective support to senior colleagues on project specific technical tasks.
Effective assistance in the production of assessments of the performance of air platforms and weapon systems.
Provision of effective assistance in the preparation of project reports and presentations.
Attendance at meetings with military and civilian colleagues, with appropriate contributions.

Main Contacts and Relationships
Other team members working on the same projects.
Project Managers.
Team Leader; Group Leader.
Other MOD or Industry personnel as appropriate.

Working conditions
The Air and Weapons Systems Department (AWSD) is based in open plan office accommodation at Portsdown West, near Portsmouth. The staff use a variety of advanced computer modelling tools and techniques to evaluate military air vehicle requirements, characteristics and weapons. Although AWSD does not conduct basic science or engineering experimentation in laboratories, staff do attend and conduct external field trials involving air vehicles, weapons and explosives, and collect the data and evaluate the results. A limited number of these trials are conducted abroad.

Security Clearance Required
Standard Security Clearance (SC). Dual Nationals cannot be considered.
Competence 1
Delivering at Pace
Competence 2
Collaborating and Partnering
Competence 3
Leading and Communicating
Competence 4
Making Effective Decisions
Competence 5
Non-core competency
Competence 5 - Detail
Technical /Professional Knowledge and Skills

Currently studying for a Masters or Honours Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic or Aeronautical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Operational Research or related disciplines.


Systems Analysis Group: Experience of Microsoft Excel.

Air Survivability Group: Experience of using computer aided design (CAD) packages. Experience of using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. Experience of modelling radio frequency electromagnetic scattering.

Space and Strategic Systems Group: Understanding statistical methods and probability. Programming skills. Design of experiment techniques.
Competence 6
Non-core competency
Competence 6 - Detail
Technical/Professional Experience


Experience of scientific analysis tools and techniques, e.g. spreadsheets and mathematical/computer models/simulations to analyse problems and provide solutions.
Previous employment experience in a research, engineering or scientific environment.
Experience of Computer Modelling and Simulation.
Experience of writing software in Fortran, Visual Basic, C, C++ or MATLAB.
Experience of working as a member of a team.
Experience of using Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

• Grade A or A* pass at A Level in Mathematics and/or Physics
• Grade B or above pass at GCSE in English Language

Working Pattern - This post is full time and not suitable for part time or job share applicants
Employment Terms: Post Type - Fixed Term
Appointment Length - 8 - 12 weeks
Employment Terms: Hours - 37 hours per week
Benefits - Please see for a full list of our benefits which include:
Flexible Working Hours Scheme
Free on site parking
Onsite gyms
Onsite restaurants
Contact and further details
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Closing date
15 Dec 2013
Up to 15,000 [/quote]