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Acoustic Analysts

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Fareham, Hampshire, UK
£35,970 - £44,719
Posting live until
28 May 2024

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Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham Hampshire

About the job

Job summary

This is a rare opportunity where Dstl, Platform Systems Division, Under Water Group are seeking to employ 2 Sonar Analysts to join our professional team of specialists.

The positions are open to all levels of experience, however, as a minimum you will require a good understanding of sonar principles and have the knowledge and ability to undertake in-depth acoustic analysis with minimal supervision.  

Analysts are responsible for the track reconstruction and analysis of acoustic signatures produced by surface ships, submarines and aircraft. This will include the identification of sources of noise and assessment of acoustic vulnerabilities. Data basing of the acoustic signature and production of analysis reports are essential to the role.

Job description

In this role you will:

  • Provide timely, impartial, evidence-based advice to customers to enable them to make informed decisions representing “best value” and a maximum return on investment.
  • Conduct in-depth acoustic analysis of target signature data and present precise results in written form to agreed deadlines. This will provide the weight of evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of front line platforms and sensors in the operational environment and provide lessons learned for insertion in future doctrine.
  • deliver agreed work packages, often within finite time frames, to support Maritime operational capabilities.
  • conduct track reconstruction to support analysis output.
  • Database the results of analysis.
  • Support acoustic analysis and modelling solutions and studies by collating and exploiting acoustic datasets.
  • Develop an understanding of related capabilities within other parts of Dstl, other government agencies and third party external providers.

Person specification

We're looking for people with:

  • Up to date knowledge of sonar systems, acoustic signatures, acoustic analysis equipment and techniques including a good understanding of underwater acoustics. 
  • An in-depth knowledge of how to analyse and interpret passive sonar data
  • An understanding of target passive acoustic signatures and how underwater sensors use the signature information to detect and classify targets and how characteristics of the underwater environment influence sound propagation from target to receiver.
  • An understanding of the different types of sonar, sensor arrays and signal processing that is applied to detect, classify and track sonar targets.
  • The ability to work in a high demand environment, with minimum of supervision. 
  • A good understanding of maritime operations and on board systems.
  • Proven track record of concisely, coherently and succinctly writing technical reports that can be understood by non-technical readers.

Essential criteria:

  • At sea experience in the deployment and operation of acoustic sensors
  • A thorough knowledge of acoustic signatures
  • Ability to conduct in-depth acoustic analysis
  • Delivering at Pace - Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.  It’s about working to agreed goals and activities and dealing with challenges in a responsive and constructive way.
  • Seeing the Big Picture - Seeing the big picture is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives.  It’s about focusing your contribution on the activities which will deliver the greater value.
  • Communicating and Influencing - Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner, choosing appropriate styles to maximise understanding and impact. Encourage the use of different communication methods, including digital resources and highlight the benefits, including ensuring cost effectiveness. Ensure communication has a clear purpose and takes into account people’s individual needs.
  • Leadership - Effectiveness in this area is about leading from the front and communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm.  It’s about supporting principles of fairness of opportunity for all and a dedication to a diverse range of colleagues.


  • Pro-actively support safe working practices, appreciating the need for colleague welfare is the top priority for Dstl. You will take responsibility for working safely and report on any practices, no matter how big or small, to mitigate any potential risks.

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be UK Nationals who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to undertake the projects we are involved in to protect us from security threats. For this reason, 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.

 This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years.  Developed Vetting will also be required, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.


Due to the nature of the work involved, this position will require full time attendance in the work place. 

If you are a current Dstl employee you must ensure your line manager is aware of your application and potential release dates, if successful and a start date is not agreed it could result in the job offer being withdrawn.


Alongside your salary of £35,970, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory contributes £9,711 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.


Dstl’s full range of great benefits can be found in the information pack which includes:

  • Financial: An excellent pension scheme starting from 26% employer contribution (find out more here). In Year Rewarding Achievement bonuses and thank you vouchers. Rental deposit scheme and cycle to work scheme.

  • Flexible workingOptions include alternative working patterns such as; compressed hours (e.g. working a 4 day week/ 9 day fortnight), job shares and annualised hours (agreed number of hours per annum paid monthly i.e. working term-time only).

  • Working hours: Flexibility around your working day (e.g. start time, finish time). Ability to bank hours in a 12 month reference period including the ability to accrue and use 3 days per calendar month.

  • Annual leave: 25 days pro rata (rising to 30 after 5 years) plus 8 public holidays with the ability to buy/sell 5 additional days per annum.

  • Family: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay, an additional 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid

  • Learning and Development: Dstl encourages and supports charterships, accreditations and provides employees access to fully funded apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters Degree). Dstl will pay for 2 memberships with relevant bodies/institutions. Employees also have access to Civil Service Learning.

  • Facilities: Onsite parking, EV Charging points, restaurants, cafés and gyms.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Sift will take place on 25 June 2024

Interviews will be held in person at Dstl Portsdown West on Wednesday 3 July at 1000 - 1200 and Thursday 4 July 1000-1200.  The assessment will consist of a technical and behavioural interview and include a LOFAR gram analysis assessment.

We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team and we will do all we can to support you.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan (opens in a new window) and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in a new window).

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :Dstl Recruitment Team
  • Email

Recruitment team


Further information

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.


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The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the science and technology arm of the Ministry of Defence. As part of the UK Government we do sensitive and specialist work that cannot be done anywhere else. We’re dedicated to keeping the UK safe and secure by using world-leading science and technology. Our work has one aim – protecting lives. Our experts make innovative scientific advancements, sometimes with international impact.

Why work for us
At Dstl, we bring together the best people with the best ideas and apply science and technology in unexpected ways. Our position in 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 potential to save lives. Working with other government departments, universities and businesses, we develop battle-winning technologies that support UK military operations – now and into the future.

At Dstl, you’ll find a workforce of respected scientists and professionals who specialize in many different disciplines. We value and champion collaboration, impact and innovation, and we work with some of the most talented professionals and academics in the world. To achieve our goals, we promote and support the use of flexible working patterns to enable staff to enjoy a healthy work/life balance.

We’re always looking for the best technical and scientific minds who are looking for a career with a difference. You’ll need a relevant qualification, a flair for solving problems and a passion for new technologies. Above all, you must want to make a difference now and in the future.

Training and development
We offer an extensive range of technical and professional training that’s relevant for your career and your future ambitions, delivered both in-house and externally. We’ll support you with Chartership and accreditation, and fund up to two professional memberships for you each year.

What we are looking for
Launch your career at Dstl as a:

  • Graduate: if you join Dstl as a graduate you will put theory into practise, applying what you’ve learnt to the real-world problems that we’re solving right now. You will be contributing to important projects and supported by mentors and leading scientists.
  • Student: we have 12- or three-month internships available to experience what a career in science means.
  • Apprentice: we offer apprenticeships, up to degree level, giving you the chance to earn while you learn.

We have a variety of roles advertised on our website all year round as well as graduate and apprenticeship opportunities.

UK; Porton Down (Salisbury, Wiltshire), Portsdown West (Fareham, Hampshire)

Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Graduate engineer, graduate scientist, graduate statistician, graduate operational researcher and analyst, graduate project manager, analysts, scientist, engineer, cyber, software

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

UK national and eligibility to work in the UK (for security clearance purposes)

How to apply
Apply online at and search for Dstl

Closing date
All year round. Graduate and apprenticeships recruitment every autumn/winter

Tel +44 (0)1980 950000

Company info
+44 (0)1980 618484
Room G01 Building
5 Porton Down

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