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18 Nov 2020

Full-Time DE&S Senior Scientist

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£50,150 – £59,000, per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

Are you a Scientist interested in working at the cutting edge of technology, collaborating with private business and government on a national and international scale?

Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) require a degree-educated Scientist, with relevant engineering industry experience, to join Defence Ordnance Safety Group (DOSG), Science and Technology (ST) Team.

The DOSG is a multi-disciplinary team of military and civilian subject matter experts providing independent specialist advice and guidance on the Safety and Suitability for Service of Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (OME) and Lasers, and their associated facilities and platforms. The DOSG provides these services to customers within DE&S, the wider Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Armed Services, and other Government departments, thus allowing them to discharge their duty of care. In addition, the DOSG supports the development of OME technology and best practice safety standards through communication, cooperation and coordination with the UK OME Safety Regulator, the UK industrial base, academia, and various national and international bodies.

The DOSG consists of roughly 120 personnel across the Weapons Systems Team, Science and Technology Team and the Portfolio Management Office.

The Science and Technology Team is broken down into four specialisms;

• ST1: Energetics and Vulnerability Team, covering propellants, explosives and pyrotechnics in historic, current and future weapons systems and their response to credible accidents and hostile action; includes Insensitive Munitions (IM) assessment.

• ST3: Electromagnetic Environmental Effects and Initiation Systems Team, covering the threats of electromagnetic environments to OME as well as advice on OME safety for transmitter projects and on electrical infrastructure and test equipment. Initiation Systems covering the safety design requirements of rocket motor ignition systems, hand emplaced munitions, fuzing and environmental testing qualification regimes.

• ST4: Munition Life Assessment Team: Assessing the degradation of munitions by the effects of climatic and mechanical environments; estimating of the safe life of munitions after exposure to their environments.

• ST5: Statistics and Modelling Team: Developing and applying statistical methodology and advanced modelling techniques to a range of weapons safety applications (including safe use of OME on ranges to assess and characterize weapon and explosion effects).

The successful candidate will be qualified to Level 6 in Chemistry (or other suitable physical science) with relevant experience. Ideally, candidates will have a background in Energetic Materials (EM) and/or Insensitive Munitions (IM), explosives or pyrotechnics.


  • Providing professional technical advice and guidance on Energetic Materials (EM) and Insensitive Munitions (IM) to stakeholders within and outside DE&S, in particular compliance with national and international standards, supporting project delivery and providing technology assurance as required
    • Leading and supporting the development of national and international EM and IM policy and standards, as required for the assurance of safety and suitability for service of Ordnance Munitions and Explosives (OME)
    • Providing Technical leadership to areas of EM and IM, specifically as relates to thermal chemical processes and threats
    • Acting as the Chair of the Vulnerability Assessment Group
    • Contributing to experimental/development work required to ensure policy standards and assessments techniques are relevant to modern OME and support equipment and enable an understanding of latest technologies to be gained and exploited to the benefit of MOD
    • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of all relevant defence, national and international technical standards
    • Supporting the development of tools, techniques and materials related to EM and IM issues
    • Noting and complying with any duties, tasks, objectives and targets placed upon them, Science and Technology and DOSG, guided by Section, Team and Operating Centre Business Plans
    • Maintaining an appreciation of Life Assessment, Initiation Systems, Electromagnetic Environmental Effects, Modelling and Statistics relevant to EM and IM

    If successful, you will represent DOSG on international and national bodies, both government and with industry, dealing with EM and IM test and assessment, and will organise and present national and international conferences and workshops related to EM and munitions. You will work at the cutting edge of technology, collaborating with private business and government on a national and international scale. DE&S may provide the opportunity for funding a PhD.

    Please note that, due to security requirements, this role is limited to SOLE UK NATIONALS ONLY.

    What you will be assessed against
    To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essentialcriteria:
    • Level 6 qualification (e.g. BEng/BSc) in Chemistry or other physical science
    • Energetic Materials (EM) and/or Insensitive Munitions (IM) experience
    • Wide exposure to topics and issues demonstrating a strong record in producing informed outputs and providing technical advice at a senior level.

    It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirablecriteria:
    • Experience working internationally with standardisation

    If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
    • Improve Engineering Capability
    • Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance

    If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
    • Leadership
    • Changing and improving

    What’s in it for you?
    You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

    Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

    Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

    About your team
    Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.

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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, DE&S, Defence, scientist, and senior. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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